Hsu Untied Interviews

  • Mark Cuban and Cyber Dust (for Lawyers)

    Mark Cuban and Cyber Dust (for Lawyers)

    Today, my guest is Mark Cuban, technology entrepreneur, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, investor on Shark Tank and Founder & CEO of Cyber Dust.  Cyber Dust is a mobile app which allows person-to-person communication without any track record or history, thereby creating a safe and secure environment for honest and personal communication.  Mark took time from his extremely busy schedule to talk about his creation and the widespread adoption of this terrific product.

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  • Jay Bilas, ESPN Broadcaster and Courtside Analyst

    Jay Bilas, ESPN Broadcaster and Courtside Analyst

    Today, my guest is Jay Bilas, an attorney at Moore & Van Allen who is also an Emmy nominated basketball analyst who provides courtside and studio commentary for ESPN and CBS Sports.  A four-year starter at Duke under Mike Krzyzewski, he helped lead Duke to the NCAA Final Four and National Championship Game.  After playing professional basketball, Jay went back to Duke as an assistant coach and won two National Championships while simultaneously attending Duke Law School.  Jay took time from […]

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  • Ben Stein, Economist, TV Show Host, Comedian, Writer

    Ben Stein, Economist, TV Show Host, Comedian, Writer

    Today, my guest is Ben Stein, economist, movie actor, author, novelist, screenwriter, law school professor, television show host and comedian.  A graduate of Columbia University and Yale Law School, Ben never had any aspirations to be a lawyer; but instead stumbled into a series of jobs that ultimately led to him to serving in the Nixon and Ford administrations and achieving overnight fame in the iconic movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.  Ben was kind enough to take time from his busy speaking […]

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  • Bill Gross, Chairman & Founder of Idealab

    Bill Gross, Chairman & Founder of Idealab

    Today, my guest is Bill Gross, Caltech Trustee and fellow Caltech Alumni, Chairman and Founder of Idealab.  Bill started his first company in grade school selling candy bars at the bus stop (his version of the lemonade stand) and now starts about 8-10 new companies every year.  He comes up with new business ideas almost daily and he says the biggest limitation with starting companies is not time or money, it’s finding the right people — and having the right timing! […]

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  • Guy Spier, Hedge Fund Manager and Value Investor

    Guy Spier, Hedge Fund Manager and Value Investor

    Today, my guest is Guy Spier, a Zurich-based investor and author of a book entitled “The Education of a Value Investor.”  Guy manages the Aquamarine Fund, an investment partnership inspired by, and styled after Warren Buffett’s 1950s investment partnerships.  In June 2007, Guy paid US$650,100 with Mohnish Pabrai for a charity lunch with Warren Buffett.  He recently sat down and talked with me about what it was like to write his first book.

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  • Floyd Kvamme, Partner Emeritus at Kleiner Perkins

    Floyd Kvamme, Partner Emeritus at Kleiner Perkins

    Today, my guest is Floyd Kvamme*, a legendary Silicon Valley engineer, entrepreneur and venture capitalist.  After joining Fairchild Semiconductor with a masters degree in electrical engineering, he was part of the founding team which started National Semiconductor in 1967. In 1982, Kvamme became Executive Vice President at Apple Computer and was instrumental in creating the famous 1984 Macintosh Superbowl ad before joining one of the most prestigious venture capital firms in Silicon Valley: Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.  In 2001, Floyd […]

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  • Guy Kawasaki (Tech Evangelist) and Hockey/Photography

    Guy Kawasaki (Tech Evangelist) and Hockey/Photography

    Today, my guest is Guy Kawasaki, the Chief Evangelist of Canva, an online, graphics-design service, Trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation, and former Chief Evangelist of Apple.  Although my guests are normally lawyers, most people do not realize that Guy actually did attend law school for about 10 days.  I first met Guy when he started Garage with the late founder of Venture Law Group, Craig Johnson, so it was a thrill to finally interview him on his 2 passions: hockey and photography. […]

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  • Will Shortz, NY Times Crossword Puzzle Editor

    Will Shortz, NY Times Crossword Puzzle Editor

    Today, my guest is Will Shortz (aka the “Puzzle Master“), Editor of the New York Times Crossword Puzzles, and star of WordPlay (see trailer below), one of my favorite movies.  Some may know that he graduated from the University of Virginia Law School but probably not many know that he almost dropped out after his first semester and that his favorite class was intellectual property!  Listed as one of the 30 most famous people with law degrees, Will was gracious enough to join […]

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  • Gillian Zoe Segal, Author of “Getting There”

    Gillian Zoe Segal, Author of “Getting There”

    Today, my guest is Gilian Zoe Segal*, author of the terrific book “Getting There,” a compilation of 30 incredible interviews.  Gillian originally started this project because she wanted to interview people at the top of their fields who struggled to achieve their success but what she discovered was that every success story has its challenges — there is no easy path.  An incredibly skilled interviewer and accomplished photographer in her own right, Gillian traveled across the country to interview all 30 […]

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  • Bryan Garner on interviewing Supreme Court Justices

    Bryan Garner on interviewing Supreme Court Justices

    Today, my guest is Bryan Garner, Founder & President of LawProse, Inc. and Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University School of Law, who has personally interviewed 9 Supreme Court Justices on writing and oral advocacy: Justices Elena Kagan, John Roberts, John Paul Stevens,  Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Samuel Alito.  As an amateur interviewer myself, it was a privilege to talk with Professor Garner about how he started and completed such an incredible set of interviews.

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  • Kelly Perdew and Apprentice 2 Winner

    Kelly Perdew and Apprentice 2 Winner

    Today, my guest is Kelly Perdew, entrepreneur, investor, advisor, author and winner of The Apprentice 2. A graduate of West Point and former Army Ranger, Kelly decided to start a company after law school and eventually won Season 2 of the television reality show “The Apprentice” with Donald Trump. Even though he now works almost exclusively with startups as an investor and entrepreneur, he says not a day goes by where he doesn’t get a chance to use his law […]

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  • Brad Meltzer, NYTimes Best Selling Author and TV Show Host

    Brad Meltzer, NYTimes Best Selling Author and TV Show Host

    Today my guest is Brad Meltzer, a New York Times best-selling author, host of the TV show Decoded and fellow Columbia Law School Alumni.  Brad’s first novel received 24 rejection letters before getting his next book, The Tenth Justice, published while he was still in law school.  But even with all his accomplishments, Brad never takes his success for granted and  reminds himself every day what it was like getting those rejection letters.  His latest book is The President’s Shadow.

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  • Len Elmore, Retired NBA Basketball Player

    Len Elmore, Retired NBA Basketball Player

    Today, my guest is Len Elmore, an All-American basketball player from 1971 to 1974 at the University of Maryland, who was a first round draft pick in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA).  Over his ten-year career, he played for the Indiana Pacers, Kansas City Kings (presently Sacramento Kings), Milwaukee Bucks, New Jersey Nets and New York Knicks.  After retiring from professional basketball, Elmore received a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1987 and began his law career […]

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  • Randy Schoenberg and “Woman in Gold” movie

    Randy Schoenberg and “Woman in Gold” movie

    Today, my guest is Randy Schoenberg, an attorney who specializes in legal cases related to the recovery of looted or stolen artworks.  Randy is widely known for representing Maria Altmann in her lawsuit to recover paintings from the government of Austria.  Their story was made into a critically acclaimed movie Woman in Gold, in which Randy was depicted by Ryan Reynolds and Maria Altmann was portrayed by Oscar Winning Actress Helen Mirren. A long and arduous case that took nearly […]

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  • Daniel Pink, NYTimes Best Selling Author and TV Show Host

    Daniel Pink, NYTimes Best Selling Author and TV Show Host

    Today, my guest is Daniel Pink.  Most people know Daniel Pink as a noted TED speaker (see video below), New York Times best selling author of A Whole New Mind, Drive and To Sell is Human, and host of the National Geographic TV show Crowd Control.  But what is less known is that Dan actually went to law school (attended Columbia and graduated from Yale) and he discusses how law school shaped his career, but not in the way you would think! […]

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  • Brett Pletcher, on being Gilead General Counsel

    Brett Pletcher, on being Gilead General Counsel

    Today, my guest is Brett Pletcher, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Gilead Sciences.  After making partner at the prestigious law firm of Gunderson Dettmer, Brett decided that he wanted to do something different and joined Gilead — a company he had never heard of at the time — when it was still a relatively small public company.  I have known Brett since 1998 so it was nice to be able to catch up with him in his office in Foster […]

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  • Ron Bell, on being Yahoo! General Counsel

    Ron Bell, on being Yahoo! General Counsel

    Today, my guest is Ron Bell, Vice President and General Counsel of Yahoo!  Ron was very gracious to take the time to sit down with me at the Yahoo! headquarters to talk about what it’s like being the Yahoo! GC and the exciting challenges he faces. Only the Company’s 4th General Counsel, Ron talks about his predecessors, the influence they had on him, and his own style of management and leadership. Through hard work, foresight @HsuUntied cornered the lucrative GC […]

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  • Richard Susskind, Author and Speaker

    Richard Susskind, Author and Speaker

    Today, my guest is Dr. Richard Susskind, an author, speaker and thought leader in the legal profession.  He has written 4 books about the practice of law, including The Future of Law, Transforming the Law, The End of Lawyers? and most recently Tomorrow’s Lawyers.  He is as good a speaker as he is a profound thinker and it was a privilege to have him join me for this interview from his home in Radlett, England. Here is a recorded interview about […]

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  • Yul Kwon (Facebook) and Survivor Winner

    Yul Kwon (Facebook) and Survivor Winner

    Today, my guest is Yul Kwon*, Head of Privacy Program at Facebook.  Yul is most well known for being the winner of the CBS TV show Survivor but he has a number of incredible achievements: degrees from Stanford, Yale Law School, legislative assistant to Senator Lieberman, Second Circuit Law Clerk, McKinsey, Google, FCC, FBI, CNN — and all before the age of 40.  What’s even more incredible is that Yul self-classifies himself as an introvert — perhaps even a bit of […]

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  • Keith Wetmore (MoFo) and Funeral Homes

    Keith Wetmore (MoFo) and Funeral Homes

    Today, my guest is Keith Wetmore, former Chairman of Morrison and Foerster, who grew up working in his family-owned funeral home business.  I have known Keith for many years and in this candid conversation, we talked about death, the television show Six Feet Under and how everything he learned about being a service provider in the legal profession, he learned from working in the funeral home business. A link to the podcast of my conversation with the very gracious Richard Hsu. @HsuUntied […]

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  • Mike Dillon (Adobe) and Cross-Country Cycling

    Mike Dillon (Adobe) and Cross-Country Cycling

    Today, my guest is Mike Dillon, General Counsel of Adobe Systems, who bicycled across the country from Florida to California. When he started the trip, he was nothing more than a weekend cyclist and honestly didn’t even know if he would even complete the ride.  He eventually not only finished it, but he blogged about it every day and was inspired to write a book about it called “Changing Cadence,” the proceeds of which go to support the Aldar Academy. […]

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  • Greg “Fossilman” Raymer, Professional Poker Player

    Greg “Fossilman” Raymer, Professional Poker Player

    Today, my guest is Greg “Fossilman” Raymer*, a professional poker player and former patent attorney. Nicknamed “Fossilman” for his unusual glasses, Greg was originally a scientist who played blackjack in graduate school as a way to make some extra income. That soon turned into poker and he went on to win the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2004 (see his winning hand below).  Now he splits his time with his 2 great loves: teaching poker and playing poker from his […]

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  • Henry Bushkin, Author of “Johnny Carson”

    Henry Bushkin, Author of “Johnny Carson”

    Today, my guest is Henry Bushkin, who was Johnny Carson’s lawyer, business manager, advisor, confidante and author of the book Johnny Carson.  I sat down with Henry in his apartment on the Upper East Side to talk about what it was like to work for the “King of Late Night” for 18 years and to write a book about it 25 years later.  It took him over 3 years just to “get the voice right” in the book but despite having […]

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  • Steve Susman (Susman Godfrey) and Century Bike Rides

    Steve Susman (Susman Godfrey) and Century Bike Rides

    Today, my guest is Steve Susman, a former Supreme Court Clerk (to Hugo Black) and Founding Partner of Susman Godfrey.  At the age of 68, Steve challenged himself to make his first long distance bike ride by entering into MS150, the largest bike ride supporting multiple sclerosis in the country.  Hiring a personal trainer and training in Central Park in the dead of winter, Steve not only successfully completed the race, he later became the largest fundraiser and got to wear “#1” on his bike […]

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  • Michelle Dennedy (Intel) and Runway Fashion Model

    Michelle Dennedy (Intel) and Runway Fashion Model

    Today, my guest is Michelle Dennedy, Chief Privacy Officer at McAfee (division of Intel Security), who was invited to represent McAfee Online Safety for Kids and The Identity Project as a runway fashion model for The Moms Struts for a Cause at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion week in New York City.  Michelle shares a surreal experience of being a fashion model for a day with hair extensions, 5-inch heels and the NY Knicks but at the end of it all, it was to support […]

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  • Paula Boggs, Former Starbucks GC and Musician

    Paula Boggs, Former Starbucks GC and Musician

    Today, my guest is Paula Boggs*, a musician and former General Counsel of Starbucks.  Despite her self-classification as the “quintessential reluctant lawyer,” Paula has enjoyed a successful career as a government prosecutor, inhouse counsel and law firm partner.  After serving as General Counsel at Starbucks, Paula decided to follow her childhood passion of being a musician by starting her own “soul grass” Paula Boggs Band, a fusion of folk, blues, jazz and rock.  Despite leaving the practice of law, she still remains very […]

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  • David Hornik, Partner at August Capital

    David Hornik, Partner at August Capital

    Today, my guest is David Hornik, general partner at August Capital and author of VentureBlog, who describes his career path from lawyer to venture capitalist, a profession he was born to do. David inspired me to start this interview series with his own VentureCast podcast and if you have ever heard him speak or present, then you would certainly agree  that if he ever decided to leave venture capital, he would make a great late night talk show host! “@HsuTubeEsq: http://t.co/lMjzkOUYAW […]

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  • Mitch Zuklie (Orrick) & Stephen Kong (Stradling) and Boxing

    Mitch Zuklie (Orrick) & Stephen Kong (Stradling) and Boxing

    Today, my guests are 2 former colleagues, Mitch Zuklie (from Venture Law Group) and Stephen Kong (from Townsend) who both box as a hobby.  Stephen is more of a boxing aficionado and historian while Mitch takes a more meditative and therapeutic attitude towards the sport.  Both have totally different approaches to boxing, which is reflective of the very different styles of the sport itself.

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  • Geoff Brigham (Wikimedia) and Classical Flute

    Geoff Brigham (Wikimedia) and Classical Flute

    Today, my guest is Geoff Brigham, General Counsel of the Wikimedia Foundation, who is a trained classical musician. Geoff started playing the flute in high school and after getting into the prestigious Peabody Institute of Music at John Hopkins, quickly realized he was not going to have a career in music.  So he moved to Paris and made a living performing in the underground subways of Paris.  Eventually, he gave up being a classical musician and became a successful lawyer, […]

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  • International Chef Ming Tsai and Family Reach

    International Chef Ming Tsai and Family Reach

    Today, my guest is Chef Ming Tsai, a world-renowned chef, owner of the famous Blue Ginger restaurant and host of the television show Simply Ming.  Despite his incredible success and international celebrity, what Ming finds most rewarding — after his family — is cooking for Family Reach, a national charity dedicated to providing direct financial support to families fighting cancer.  As part of his role, Ming recently hosted a Cooking Live event on November 2, 2015 at the Ritz Carlton Battery Park, […]

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  • Dr. Pippa Malmgren, Economist, Politics and Policy Advisor

    Dr. Pippa Malmgren, Economist, Politics and Policy Advisor

    Today, my guest is Dr. Philippa “Pippa” Malmgren, a politics and policy advisor, who is the author of “Signals: the breakdown of the social contract and the rise of geopolitics.” Raised by a father who served in four presidential administrations (Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford), Pippa learned early in her career that the only way to influence public policy is to be able to explain things in plain, everyday language. Partially inspired by Peter Lynch‘s famous book on choosing stocks “One […]

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  • Darron Flagg (Intel) and Opera Singing

    Darron Flagg (Intel) and Opera Singing

    Today, my guest is Darron Flagg*, Senior Corporate Counsel at Intel Corp., who is also a semi-professional opera singer. His interest in opera was originally noticed by his grade school teacher on a field trip and has since become an accomplished opera singer while pursuing a very successful legal career.  Known as a bel canto tenor, the highest of tenors, Darron has performed with numerous opera companies, including the Oakland Opera Theatre and the San Francisco Opera. *with special thanks to […]

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  • Iain Cunningham (Apple) and Astronomy

    Iain Cunningham (Apple) and Astronomy

    Today, my guest is Iain Cunningham*, Senior Litigation Counsel at Apple Computer, who talks about his interest in astronomy.  Iain discusses both the theoretical and observational aspects of astronomy, which are actually 2 very different aspects of astronomy.  What struck me most about this hobby is that it is one that forces you to SLOW DOWN to the pace of nature and Iain was similarly patient in explaining this celestial hobby to a novice like myself. * with special thanks […]

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  • David Lat, Founder of “Above the Law”

    David Lat, Founder of “Above the Law”

    Today, my guest is David Lat, a Yale Law School alum, former Ninth Circuit clerk, Wachtell Associate and Founder and Managing Editor of “Above the Law,” a widely read and award-winning website covering the legal profession. When I spoke with David late last year, he had just published his first novel, Supreme Ambitions, which allowed him to combine his creative writing skills with his circuit court clerking experience. Although he hasn’t committed to writing a second book, the first one […]

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  • Frank Wu (UC Hastings) and “Honda Hawks”

    Frank Wu (UC Hastings) and “Honda Hawks”

    Today, my guest is Frank Wu, Chancellor and Dean of UC Hastings Law School, who has a passion for “Honda Hawks,” a very specific type of motorcycle that was only made by Honda from 1988-1992.  Although he recognizes the danger of motorcycle riding, he does not actually consider himself a risk taker by nature, but he does admit that riding a motorcycle is no more of a risk-taking venture than trying to be a dean of a national law school. […]

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  • Tae Hea Nahm, Founding Partner at Storm Ventures

    Tae Hea Nahm, Founding Partner at Storm Ventures

    Today, my guest is Tae Hea Nahm, former partner at Wilson Sonsini and Venture Law Group, and one of the founding Managing Directors at Storm Ventures.  Going from a law firm partner to a venture capitalist is not an easy transition and Tae Hea’s success is largely attributable to his deep understanding of technology and careful decision-making.  He was recently interviewed by the New York Times and he shares his wisdom working with entrepreneurs on his blog Working with Tae Hea Nahm. […]

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  • Josh Green (Mohr Davidow Ventures) and Coaching Basketball

    Josh Green (Mohr Davidow Ventures) and Coaching Basketball

    Today, my guest is Josh Green, a former lawyer and now venture capitalist at Mohr Davidow Ventures, who coached high school basketball for 8 years and has a love for the game — and his students — I seldom come across.  Hear his moving and inspiring story which will leave you feeling somewhere between Hoosiers and Hoop Dreams. @HsuTubeEsq Had great fun! Richard is quite the anchorman! — Josh Green (@zwimmer4080) April 8, 2014

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  • Nathan Sawaya and Lego Brick Artist

    Nathan Sawaya and Lego Brick Artist

    Today, my guest is Nathan Sawaya who is a Lego Brick Artist.  What started as a side hobby after working as a lawyer has now blossomed into a full time profession with millions of bricks.  Even though Nathan has played with lego bricks as a child – like many of us – what he finds most fascinating is to transform simple plain square lego pieces into curved life size humans and other objects. Nathan’s most recent book is entitled The Art of the […]

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  • Mark Lemley (Stanford Law School) and Video Games

    Mark Lemley (Stanford Law School) and Video Games

    Today, my guest is Stanford Law School Professor Mark Lemley  (who is also a Partner at Durie Tangri and Founder of Lex Machina (aquired by Lexis Nexis)) who talks about playing video games.  As a full-time professor, law firm partner and a founder of a startup, one would think Mark wouldn’t have time for something like video games.  But his hobby is a throwback to his childhood days of playing Dungeons & Dragons and an activity that allows him to completely forget about work — something we […]

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  • Brian Martin (KLA-Tencor) and Family Supportive Housing

    Brian Martin (KLA-Tencor) and Family Supportive Housing

    Today, my guest is Brian Martin, General Counsel of KLA Tencor, who talks about Family Supportive Housing where he is on the Board of Directors. Family Supportive Housing tries to keep homeless and displaced families together, which maximizes their chances of getting back on their feet. The organization has had a lot of successful programs and Brian has been a big part of their success.

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  • Chris Yeh, Author and Entrepreneur

    Chris Yeh, Author and Entrepreneur

    Today, my guest is Chris Yeh, Co-Author (along with Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha) of The Alliance, a New York Times best selling book on managing talent in the networked age from the employer’s perspective. Chris is an entrepreneur, investor, advisor, mentor and one of the most prolific writers I know — he once wrote a white paper in 17 minutes! During my candid discussion with him, he talked about the creative, the collaborative — and occasionally arduous — process […]

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  • Ro Khanna, Congressional Candidate

    Ro Khanna, Congressional Candidate

    Today, my guest is Ro Khanna*, Congressional Candidate for the US House of Representatives in Silicon Valley. With a law degree from Yale, Ro began his career as a successful Silicon Valley technology attorney but has found his passion in politics and policy, having written Entrepreneurial Nation and served in the Obama Administration. Ro took time from his very busy campaign schedule to talk candidly about his career and his current run for Congress. *with special thanks to Chad Walsh I had […]

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  • Heather Meeker (O’Melveny) and Belly Dancing

    Heather Meeker (O’Melveny) and Belly Dancing

    Today, my guest is my long time and well respected legal colleague, Heather Meeker, whose hobby is belly dancing. Heather started belly dancing because she hated all forms of exercise, but she loves the fact that belly dancing combines music with an improvisational form of dancing. Drawing on her experience as trained musician (drums), she even brought and played the zills (finger cymbals) for me during the interview!

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  • Eric Goldman (Santa Clara Law School) and Slinkies

    Eric Goldman (Santa Clara Law School) and Slinkies

    Today, my guest is Eric Goldman, Santa Clara Law School Professor and Co-Director of its High Tech Law Institute, who has a most unusual hobby: Slinkies.  After having collected over 400 slinkies, he may very well have the largest collection in the world.  I was fortunate to get a couple of extra samples after he shared his passion for this simple child’s toy invented in the 1940’s by a naval engineer. Of the hundreds of interviews I’ve done, this may be my […]

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  • Shane Glynn (Google) and Base Jumping

    Shane Glynn (Google) and Base Jumping

    Today, my guest is Shane Glynn*, Product Counsel at Google, who is a base jumper.  After learning how to parachute out of an airplane, he tried base jumping off a bridge and instantly became hooked.  But despite the thrill of base jumping off cliffs with wingsuits and all, he decided to retire last year at the ripe old age of 36 and returned to the calm sport of skydiving! *With special thanks to Alykhan Kurji and Sanj Dutta

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  • Khiara Bridges (Boston Univ Law School) and Classical Ballet

    Khiara Bridges (Boston Univ Law School) and Classical Ballet

    Today, my guest is Khiara Bridges*, Associate Professor of Law and Anthropology at Boston University School of Law, who is a classically trained ballet dancer. Khiara started dancing at the age of 3, but unlike most people, just never stopped dancing.  Even though she enjoys the thrill of performing in front of audiences, she enjoys getting up every morning, lacing up her point shoes, standing at the bar and dancing to the beautiful music. Ballet is more than just a […]

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  • Ayelette Robinson, Actress

    Ayelette Robinson, Actress

    Today, my guest is Ayelette Robinson*, a former corporate lawyer turned actress. A Meisner-trained actor who has appeared in a variety of films as well as on TV, Ayelette is also an experienced competitive Latin ballroom dancer, having won the National Championship title in International Latin in 2011 and having placed 5th in the World finals that year.  Ayelette originally took acting lessons as a way to improve her ballroom dancing but once she started, she became hooked on acting.  Her theatrical reel is posted […]

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  • Dr. Harrison Dillon, Founder of Solazyme

    Dr. Harrison Dillon, Founder of Solazyme

    Today, my guest is Dr. Harrison Dillon, founder of Solazyme.  Harrison always knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur so even while he was at Duke Law School, he took biology classes to learn everything he could about algae genetics and got credit for it in the law school.  Harrison and I were colleagues at Townsend LLP (now Kilpatrick Townsend) so it was a privilege to know him before he become a successful entrepreneur!  Since the interview, Harrison has co-founded and is currently Chairman […]

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  • Michael Moore (Rambus) and Pheasant Hunting

    Michael Moore (Rambus) and Pheasant Hunting

    Today, my guest is Michael Moore*, Vice President of Intellectual Property and Deputy General Counsel at Rambus, who talks about pheasant hunting.  Originally from a rural part of Ireland, Michael finds hunting to be a pleasant way of enjoying the outdoors with his dogs.  Michael has also taken me to trap shooting and it is not as easy as it looks! *with special thanks to Alan Seem

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  • Doug Leeds, President & CEO of Ask.com

    Doug Leeds, President & CEO of Ask.com

    Today, my guest is Doug Leeds*, President & CEO of Ask.com.  After starting his career as a lawyer, Doug became an entrepreneur and then worked at a number of Internet search engine companies, including Overture and then Yahoo! (after acquiring Overture) before joining Ask Jeeves.  Doug credits Jim Lanzone (also a former lawyer) for hiring Doug in a business role which ultimately led to Doug’s current position as President & CEO. *with special thanks to David Hornik

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  • Mark Herrmann (AON) and “The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law”

    Mark Herrmann (AON) and “The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law”

    Today, my guest is Mark Herrmann*, Chief Counsel of Litigation and Global Chief Compliance Officer at AON Corporation who is the author of “The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law.”  Originating from a conversation with a summer Associate while he was a partner at Jones Day, Mark’s book (which was highly rated by the Wall Street Journal) on how to practice law written in the style of a curmudgeon has sold over 50,000 copies, which makes it the ABA’s second highest all-time […]

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  • Liz Stone (Dubin Group) and Standup Comedy

    Liz Stone (Dubin Group) and Standup Comedy

    Today, my guest is Liz Stone, a legal recruiter with the Dubin Group, who is also a standup comedienne.  Liz actually started doing “stand-up” after a couple of friends noticed her performing a wedding speech and after doing many “open mics,” she now performs at clubs like the San Francisco Punchline and Cobbs Comedy Club.  Although she enjoys what she currently does, she admits there is nothing more exhilarating — or terrifying — than trying to make an audience laugh. You can […]

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  • Helen Wan, Author and Speaker

    Helen Wan, Author and Speaker

    Today, my guest is Helen Wan*, former Associate General Counsel at Time Inc, now speaker, writer and author of “The Partner Track.”  Helen worked on the manuscript for her novel for over 12 years and when it was finally published, she — along with her publisher — were amazed at the overwhelming response from the legal and business community to her message about diversity and inclusion.  So despite having a successful career as a lawyer, she couldn’t resist the opportunity […]

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  • Bart Lee (Mediator) and Ham Radio Operator

    Bart Lee (Mediator) and Ham Radio Operator

    Today, my guest is Bart Lee*, a mediator and litigator, who some might call the “godfather of ham radio.”  Bart was in 5th grade when his father brought home a book on how to build a ham radio using a pencil, a razor blade and some wire.  A noted wireless historian, he is a History Fellow at the California Historical Radio Society and was recently honored for his “historic preservation, research and publication.”  Over his lifetime, Bart has contacted hundreds, if not thousands, […]

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  • Drew Shoals, Drummer for Train Band

    Drew Shoals, Drummer for Train Band

    Today, with the help of my 12 year old daughter Emma, we interview Drew Shoals*, the drummer for the Grammy Award winning band, Train.  Drew had previously played with the lead singer of Train, Pat Monahan, prior to going to law school.  Despite having a successful legal career at Shearman & Sterling, when he got the call to join the band, he couldn’t say no! *with special thanks to Michael Dorf Listen to an interview I did with @HsuUntied where I talk […]

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  • Saurabh Kikani and Miss India America

    Saurabh Kikani and Miss India America

    Today, my guest is Saurabh Kikani, a former lawyer turned scriptwriter and movie producer.  While he was attending law school, someone pointed out to him that he was way more interested in reading movie scripts than contracts so he began his film career with an internship on the movie The Namesake starring Kal Penn.  From there, he formed his own movie production company and his latest project is the critically-acclaimed movie Miss India America starring Hannah Simone and Tiya Sircar. Honored to have been featured on […]

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  • Jon Lindsey (Major, Lindsey & Africa) and Juggling

    Jon Lindsey (Major, Lindsey & Africa) and Juggling

    Today, my guest is Jon Lindsey*, a partner at Major, Lindsey & Africa, who shares his juggling hobby with me.  Borrowing from his skills as a 2 string stunt kite flyer, Jon originally learned how to juggle when he broke his wrist and subsequently tried to teach all his colleagues in the civil division at the US Attorney’s office.  Over the years, he has taught several hundred adults and kids to juggle, including me! *with special thanks to Sonya Olds Som

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  • Brian Schar (MoFo) and Zymurgy (Beer Brewing)

    Brian Schar (MoFo) and Zymurgy (Beer Brewing)

    Today, my guest is Brian Schar, a former colleague from Lyon & Lyon, who talks about zymurgy, which is the technical term of beer brewing.  Not only does Brian brew his own beer in his backyard, he is also a beer tasting judge.  It turns out that getting a beer judge certification is not altogether different from passing the bar exam: it involves study groups, flash cards and 3 hours of essays!  Brian has attained a certification level of a “Master” level judge, one short […]

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  • Mary Fuller (Maxim Integrated) and Beekeeping

    Mary Fuller (Maxim Integrated) and Beekeeping

    Today, my guest is Mary Fuller*, who is Managing Director and Associate General Counsel of Intellectual Property at Maxim Integrated, who talks about beekeeping.  Inspired by her neighbor, the world renowned Stanford Biology Professor Craig Heller, Mary purchased a bee hive which has now multiplied to 4 bee hives!  In addition to having fabulous honey, Mary loves the fact that the bees have greatly increased the productivity of her vegetable garden. *with special thanks to Annie Rogaski

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  • Frank Goldberg (Zynga) and Rock Musician

    Frank Goldberg (Zynga) and Rock Musician

    Today, my guest is Frank Goldberg, Associate General Counsel of Intellectual Property at Zynga, who is the founder and bass guitarist of a rock bank called Talk Tonight.  Described as fun, intelligent pop music tangled with melodic soul, Talk Tonight has played to packed audiences at some of the Bay Area’s most iconic venues such as Café du Nord, Brick & Mortar, and Hotel Utah.  Their music can be found on SoundCloud, Spotify, iTunes and Amazon.

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  • Paul Roeder (Hewlett Packard) and Extreme Cycling

    Paul Roeder (Hewlett Packard) and Extreme Cycling

    Today, my guest is Paul Roeder, Deputy General Counsel, Litigation and Brand Security at Hewlett Packard, who is an extreme cyclist. Just like the movie Breaking Away (1979), Paul started riding in college and now averages about 11,500 miles per year. Paul self-characterizes himself as “obsessive compulsive” and gets up every morning at 4:30AM and rides 2 hours before work plus another 100 miles every weekend.

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  • John Orcutt (UNH Law School) and Hospice Volunteer

    John Orcutt (UNH Law School) and Hospice Volunteer

    Today, my guest is John Orcutt*, Professor of Business Law and Intellectual Property Valuation at the University of New Hampshire Law School and former Associate at Shearman & Sterling, who talks about being a hospice volunteer.  Contrary to what one might think, John finds that being a companion to dying people is a great to way to appreciate life and learn how to live. *with special thanks to John Wilson

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  • Bill Burke (Shearman & Sterling) and Mountain Climbing

    Bill Burke (Shearman & Sterling) and Mountain Climbing

    Today, my guest is William Burke*, a retired partner from Shearman & Sterling.  After retiring at the age of 60, Bill climbed the tallest mountains on all 7 continents, including Mt. Everest twice and is the oldest American to reach the summit (both times)!  I was lucky enough to interview him while he was in Katmandu, Nepal just as he was completing his second climb of Everest from the North Face. You can read much more of his accomplishments at his […]

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  • Sean Patrick Butler (Cisco) and Ecological Living

    Sean Patrick Butler (Cisco) and Ecological Living

    Today, my guest is Sean Patrick Butler* who was General Counsel of Meraki (acquired by Cisco) and now Sr. Corporate Counsel at Cisco. Unlike most of us, Sean eschews the dense urban life of the Bay Area and has chosen to live in Sebastapol — about 2 hours north of San Francisco – where he can grow his own food, have his kids play in the mud, have wild animals walk through his backyard and as he puts it “see the […]

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  • Matt Goldberg (Service Source) and Oil Painting

    Matt Goldberg (Service Source) and Oil Painting

    Today, my guest is Matt Goldberg*, Vice President and General Counsel of Service Source.  Although he discovered his talent for art relatively late in life, he found he had a real gift and passion for painting.  Starting originally with oils, he has expanded to acrylics and now paints commissioned works for clients.  You see more of his work on Facebook or his website MLG Paintings. *With special thanks to Susan Tien

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  • Rich Mgrdechian (for Francis Scott Key), Founder of Madison Rising

    Rich Mgrdechian (for Francis Scott Key), Founder of Madison Rising

    Today, I invited Rich Mgrdechian, Founder and CEO of Madison Rising, to talk about one of our country’s most famous lawyers, Francis Scott Key, who wrote the lyrics to our National Anthem, The Star Spangled Banner.  In celebration of the National Anthem’s upcoming bicentennial on September 14, 2014, Madison Rising composed a modern-day “rock version” of the Star Spangled Banner, whose video below has received over 5 million hits! “Interview with our manager on @HsuUntied with @HsuTubeEsq to talk about #FrancisScottKey and […]

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  • Richard Russeth (Leprino Foods) and Street Photography

    Richard Russeth (Leprino Foods) and Street Photography

    Today, my guest is Richard Russeth*, Vice President of Corporate Affairs and General Counsel at Leprino Foods, who discusses his passion for photography.  Born deaf, Richard credits his disability for giving him the “eye” to appreciate the silence in photography.  He is a big believer that having a second dimension or “side hobby” helps to make one a better lawyer — something which I happen to wholeheartedly agree.  His first public exhibit was on September 19 at the Emerge Gallery […]

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  • Mark Meltzer (Intuitive Surgical) and Skydiving

    Mark Meltzer (Intuitive Surgical) and Skydiving

    Today, my guest is Mark Meltzer, Sr. Vice President and General Counsel of Intuitive Surgical. An electrical engineer by training, Mark describes the science of skydiving and how the thrill of skydiving never wears off, even after nearly 50 years and hundreds of jumps.  He does about 30 jumps a year and hopes to keep skydiving well into his 80’s! You can see one of his recent landings below:

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  • Chris Leslie (Hitachi Data Systems) and Winemaking

    Chris Leslie (Hitachi Data Systems) and Winemaking

    Today, my guest is Chris Leslie, General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer of Hitachi Data Systems.  Chris decided to plant some grapes in his backyard in Livermore which now produces about 600 bottles of wine per year.  With his own label “Grip Fast,” he admits it’s not exactly Chateau Margaux or Caymus but he has learned a lot about both the science — and the art — of winemaking.

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  • Riley Russell (Sony Playstation) and Magic

    Riley Russell (Sony Playstation) and Magic

    Today, my guest is Riley Russell*, Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Sr. Vice President of Corporate Development at Sony Playstation, who does magic as a hobby.  Riley has performed as a street magician on Pier 39 and is a member of The Magic Castle.  “Listen” to the twinkle in his eye as he talks about how the real magic in magic is in the performance. *with special thanks to Stephen Kong

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  • Wayne Brown (Quest Diagnostics) and Tournament Chess

    Wayne Brown (Quest Diagnostics) and Tournament Chess

    Today, my guest is Wayne Brown, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Intellectual Property Officer at Quest Diagnostics, who is a tournament chess player.  Wayne has a chess rating of “Expert” (top 5-10% of all tournament players) and has played competitive chess his entire life – in fact, he cannot remember a time when he did not know how to move the chess pieces.  Wayne discusses his lifelong passion for chess, including his favorite chess openings and how he started beating his dad when he […]

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  • Robert Lattuga (LeapFrog) and Woodworking (Pilot)

    Robert Lattuga (LeapFrog) and Woodworking (Pilot)

    On my inaugural show, my guest is Robert Lattuga, Sr. Vice President and General Counsel of LeapFrog Enterprises. A former Harvard physics Ph.D. student, Robert shares his passion in woodworking, a hobby which requires the skills to operate large power tools as well as the dexterity of hand craftsmanship.

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