Welcome to the inaugural post of theContractsGuy blog. Here is a little background about the person behind the blog and a broad-strokes description of what I have planned for future posts. One regular feature of the blog will be “the Reading List,” a spot highlighting a legal blog of interest. Be sure to subscribe to theContractsGuy RSS feed or check back Friday to see the first installment of the Reading List.
About theContractsGuy (the Guy)
This blog is a project of Brian Rogers, a corporate attorney licensed in Missouri and Illinois and practicing in St. Louis as a partner at Evans & Dixon, L.L.C. Although my practice involves a range of corporate law disciplines, my professional passion has been drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts since a secondment in the legal department of a Fortune 500 company early in my legal career exposed me to business people and their day-to-day business deals.
Working with contracts is the closest a business lawyer in private practice comes to the operational life of a company. Other areas of corporate practice expose us to the business affairs of our clients, but helping business folks think through the details and implications of their business arrangements by applying legal analysis brings the transactional lawyer closer to “business” than anything else I’ve experienced. I often think of the issues that companies and their corporate attorneys deal with as being on a continuum, with legal issues on one end and business issues on the other. While helping a client with a contract, I am at the intersection of business and legal issues, dealing in legal concepts and advice, but informed by and immersed in business issues. I find that intellectually stimulating and satisfying.
For more information about me, please see my LinkedIn profile at http://www.linkedin.com/in/bdrogers.
About theContractsGuy (the Blog)
theContractsGuy is a forum for engaging in a discussion of issues involving the legal aspects of contracts and the process of contracting. I hope that it will be a useful resource for inside and outside corporate counsel, as well as business people who are engaged in contracting on behalf of their companies. I also hope that the blog will prove to be a resource to the generalist who does not specialize in commercial transactions and could benefit from a general discussion of the issues treated here.
One of the challenges of modern legal practice is keeping up-to-date on the state of the law in the substantive areas in which we practice. As an aid to my fellow practitioners, some postings on theContractsGuy will summarize Missouri and Illinois cases and other features and developments in contracts law in those states.
The blog is not a project of Evans & Dixon, L.L.C. and the comments and opinions expressed by theContractsGuy are not necessarily shared by my firm, partners, or other colleagues.