McKenna is the founder of Law x Design, a legal practice that focuses on entrepreneurs, artists and start-ups. In this episode, she talks about encouraging clients to think with a legal mindset to protect themselves from liability. She also talks about how people are all unique, and the best way to keep clients is to acknowledge that they’re all individuals and to dedicate a lot of time on networking. The mental health state of younger lawyers were also discussed and what we can do to improve it. They also talked about the current experience of women in law and what changes McKenna wants to see in the future of the business of law.
- Getting clients into a legal state of mind and the “algorithm” of people - how to maintain your client-base (0:50)
- State of the mental health of younger lawyers (11:53)
- The current experience of women in law (17:53)
- Lawyers as trusted business advisors (26:31)
“Getting out and making connections... you can't put an algorithm on when you're talking to another person so basically 'networking, networking, networking' is the answer and you can't do it within the four walls of your home... reaching people is about gathering”
ABOUT MCKENNA PROHOV
McKenna is the Founder of Law by Design (Law X Design), a Chicago based legal practice that focuses on entrepreneurs, artists, and startups. She has cross-functional experience working on a variety of business initiatives primarily related to joint-venture business expansion opportunities, tech licensing and e-commerce issues. Over 2 years experience handling contract process for company’s business operations, including reviewing and drafting terms that facilitate consensus and comply with applicable regulatory frameworks. Work across departments to identify risks in contracts, data services, and consumer protection. Contracts and compliance experience handling legal and business matters in business-solutions oriented environment. Collaborative and self-directed team member in driving process for structuring, drafting, and reviewing licensing, technology, intellectual property, and non-disclosure agreements, as well as pre-litigation documents.
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