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What Does a Corporate Lawyer Do & Do You Need One?

What Does a Corporate Lawyer Do & Do You Need One?

Brett Cenkus answers the question what is a corporate lawyer, what do they do and do you need one?

Even in law school, I was unaware of what a corporate lawyer does. As you’ll see, I describe a corporate lawyer (or transactional lawyer) as a business generalist. No courtroom for us, but the advice of a quality business attorney is invaluable.

In the 20 years since getting my law degree, I’ve spent about half of that in business myself. And, you want your business lawyer to have some sort of business experience. It means they understand the challenges you face, your needs, and concerns because they’ve been where you are.

So, whether you’re figuring out your career path or are researching the attributes to look for in your next corporate attorney, watch the video and let me know what you think.

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About me:

My 20+ years of experience in business finance, business law and entrepreneurship have led me to believe that numbers and logic are awesome tools, but understanding human nature and emotions is the first step to business success.

The Cenkus Law Firm provides services related to mergers & acquisitions, general business issues and startups, including founders’ agreements and fundraising. I also consult with entrepreneurs and have invested my own capital as an angel investor.

From 2010-2013 I served as Chief Legal Counsel of a publicly-trade international oilfield services company. From 2001 to 2006 me and a partner founded and built Paragon Residential Mortgage. Paragon was sold to Bridge Investments in 2006.

I hold a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania.

Now, I live in Austin, TX with my wife and two kids. I enjoy reading, running, classic movies, great food and wine and some great American football.


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13 Comments - Leave a Comment
  • deniz kesici -

    i am basically a freshmen in college, but then again also a sophomore, and im just struggling in if my degree is smart for going into law school. I am a international business lawyer and I know I want to work between businesses but i do not want to be in office or in a cubicle for the rest of my life. How do I; 1) choose what lawny is right for me and 2) any tips for people thinking of law school sorta undecided about law

  • MrGilc13 -

    Hello Brett, I read in one of your previous replies that some corporate lawyers use their background to become investment bankers or work for hedge funds. That is pretty much the exact road I'd like to go down albeit years of work later. Any recommendations or advice on how one makes that transition? Any further education needed or do many factors overlap? Thank you

  • xlrprettygirl88 -

    Hi Brett

    Any advice on what type of courses/major/minor one should take up in college in order to become a corporate lawyer before they get to law school?


    P.S. Great videos!👍

  • Ramiro Perez -

    Great video, myself a corporate lawyer and I still have friends come up to me and say "Oh! Now I know someone who can take me out of jail" they don't understand what a corporate lawyer does. Cheers!

  • Zack Wilde -

    insightful video thanks!! I'm trying to decide if I want to go to law school or not. These kind of videos really help me understand the legal world better. A few questions though what did you do before you went to law school? what did you study in undergrad? I'm trying to decide if I should get some work experience or go to law school ASAP

  • Tai Cainan -

    Hi Brett,

    I'm a third year law student and i really like your videos as it is so relatble to me. Hope you could do a video on what a law student should do to better prepare themselve to be a corporate lawyer. (:

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