UC HASTINGS 29 for years, but it wasn’t until he started working at Zynga that he realized being a lawyer could be a creative profession. “I was concerned that I wouldn’t find a practice I’d enjoy,” Hanley says. But after working at Zynga, he saw the value of having a law degree and how lawyers are vital team members. He says many entrepreneurs have a laserlike focus and passion for their core product but may not be able to prioritize things that help a business grow and thrive. “They would sometimes abdicate a lot of the roles to the business folks, and I found myself advising the company on products, marketing promotions, and putting everything together to make it more effective,” Hanley says. Jean Batman ’90 is one of those lawyers who was inspired by her startup clients to quit her partnership at a big firm and found her own firm in San Francisco, Legal Venture Counsel, which caters to entrepreneurs, venture investors, and small businesses. A former entrepreneur herself (she founded a successful brokerage firm after earning her MBA), Batman has represented dozens of entrepreneurs, including high-tech and biotech companies, as well as real estate, financial, and professional firms. “What attracted me to this practice is the fact that it is transitory and forces you to be entrepreneurial,” she notes. “No matter how successful you are, you have to continue rebuilding your practice and evolve as fast as your clients evolve. There’s constant change. You have clients that get bought out, do a successful IPO, or fail and start another venture, and their needs change. So you have to be out there networking, marketing yourself, and constantly looking for new business. You never get to a point where you can rest easy, and you are never bored.” “No matter how successful you are at what you do, you have to constantly rebuild and remake your practice and evolve as fast as your clients evolve.” —Jean Batman ’90 Jean Batman ’90 has her own practice working with entrepreneurs.
Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014
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