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I was pleased to join Adrienne Walker from Mintz and Lindsay Zahradka Milne from Bernstein Shur on a business panel  yesterday hosted by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.   Our focus was on strategies for trade creditors to obtain  (and keep) payment in light of  issues arising in recent financial meltdowns including Sports Authority, Toys R Us, Sears,  Papa Gino’s and many other distressed companies. We covered a lot of territory in a short amount of time…
As noted on the About page, this blog focuses on essential aspects of building resilient businesses:   protecting assets, navigating change, solving problems, and getting deals done effectively. Key components of resiliency are awareness and openness to change.  Denial is absolutely not a strategy.   Resilient business keep  pace with innovation, think strategically,  exercise sound judgment, rely on core values  and build  effective teams. This Fall has offered numerous opportunities to connect with others on topics at the intersection of…
Three years ago, The Economist ran a cover story called “The Trust Machine”  focused on the possibility of the blockchain technology behind bitcoin transforming  the economy.   The article provided an excellent discussion of the distinction between bitcoin and blockchain as well as the very real prospect of significant disruption through application of the technological innovation. As the value of bitcoin and various other cryptocurrencies have risen and fallen over the past years,  development…
Although there has been much attention on the Supreme Court this week, a filing made earlier  today  will draw little popular notice.  Yet, the filing could have significant impact on whether the Court decides to accept a case this term which would impact the rights of trademark licensors and trademark licensees. The filing  was made by Tempnology, LLC in opposition to a petition for a writ of certiorari filed by Mission Products Holdings, Inc. in…
Last week, I had the privilege of joining with other volunteers to help provide financial literacy training  for a group of high school students interning this summer with the judicial branch. Those students followed in the footsteps of thousands of other high school students in Massachusetts who have participated in the  M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program.  The program,  established in 2004, is run as a joint venture  between the United States Bankruptcy Court for…
The Pine Street Inn recently held a graduation ceremony to honor individuals who have completed the Inn’s job training program.  Both the Boston Globe and Boston Herald captured photos.  The Inn has been offering the training program for 20 years with approximately 200 people enrolling this past year.   Those completing the program have the opportunity to participate in a graduation ceremony like the one recently held.  For many, it is the only type of  commencement…
Lee Goldberg is a former Army Officer who served in Vietnam. He is also an experienced business executive who has guided hundreds of companies through a variety of financial, operational and governance issues.   Because Lee understands the value of a professional network, decades ago he helped start the Northeast Chapter of TMA and served as one of the chapter’s initial presidents. TMA is global non-profit organization numbering more than 8,300 members in 55 chapters. TMA professionals come from a variety…