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For Black Enterprise Magazine.  Section: America's Top Corporate

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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Hsu Untied is a podcast series of interviews Richard Hsu does with lawyers and other special guests.