Andrew Erskine has developed his authorized profession together with the rise of the tech startup scene in Los Angeles. At this time, as a accomplice at Orrick in its Santa Monica workplace, he works with corporations giant and small within the space and past.
“The best way that I follow and the philosophy I’ve is that shoppers aren’t actually coming to me with authorized issues. They’re coming with enterprise issues and we have to resolve them with that context. It’s nearly by no means a solution of, ‘That is the regulation, now go do what it’s that the regulation says precisely what that you must do.’ It’s extra of, ‘That is the way in which that your enterprise works and the way I perceive it, and these are the foundations which are set out so that you can observe and that you must take into consideration methods to observe them.’”
On LA’s startup scene:
“Andrew gives the identical stage of effort, experience and professionalism once I was a pre-seed firm with no capital as he did once we had raised $100 million.” Brian Thomas, Los Angeles, co-founder, Litter
“I spend quite a lot of time simply making an attempt to place folks in contact with one another, together with lots of people that aren’t my shoppers — I don’t do any work for them. They’re simply those that I do know in the neighborhood and we’ve change into pals and I’m making an attempt to guarantee that what they’re making an attempt to do is rising on the identical fee.”
On early-stage issues:
“We’ve had acquisitions within the ten figures in recent times the place folks have been popping out of the woodwork on the final minute saying, ‘Hey, I personal a chunk of this firm.’ And it was simply one thing that founders by no means actually thought to boost after which after all you’re coping with the massive difficulty on the most important level within the firm’s historical past. So, issues like that may occur.
“A variety of that’s simply making an attempt to get that out of founders that you simply begin working with, the stuff that you simply see in your expertise can come again to actually chunk folks, you simply ask them day one, straight away. ‘Hey, are there skeletons within the closet? As a result of if there are…’ ”
Beneath, you’ll discover the remainder of the founder opinions, the total interview and extra particulars like their pricing and price constructions.
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Eric Eldon: How did you become involved with tech corporations and startups?
Andrew Erskine: I used to be a summer season affiliate over right here in LA and a bunch of out of doors teams would come speak about what they do. There was like one man within the metropolis working with startups and he got here in and defined what he did and that was it. I heard him and I used to be like, ‘That’s what I need to do. Interval.’ Simply the way in which that he described what he was doing, the extent of contact that he had with the folks which are making choices at these corporations, the precise founders and lead buyers, and the flexibility to not simply be offering purely authorized recommendation, however actually making an attempt to assist these corporations develop and construct a vessel round them, giving them enterprise recommendation, private recommendation, no matter it’s. It simply sounded a lot extra fascinating than the thought of being one out of 100 on a deal and I simply determined that I needed to do it and it turned out actually precisely how I hoped it might.
Eric Eldon: Are you able to simply inform me extra about the way you see a lawyer enjoying a task in creating a tech startup ecosystem?