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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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.