Interview with a Solo Attorney

Over the holiday I had the opportunity to sit down with Thomas. His life experience as an attorney and businessman so intrigued me that I felt compelled to share his insight and his lessons. Thomas, with incredible grace granted this interview.

JC: Thomas, I want to thank you for allowing me to interview you and share your insight. What impulse brought you to the bar?

Thomas: I came to the bar not from an initial love for the law, but rather as a last career option on a list of career options that through parental influence, and personal choices was narrowed down to law. But once I applied myself to it, I found it exciting and intriguing. So the natural and logical thing to do was to go to law school, take the bar, and start practicing law.

JC: Which areas of law did you focus on and why did you choose them?

Thomas: I initially focused on Personal Injury cases for the high...

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Internet Security and its Impacting the Business of Law and the Practice of Law

A Grande Latte please and keep them coming… it’s a bumpy ride.

This past Sunday I sat down and talked with Dr. Michael Franz (, a professor of Computer Science at UC Irvine, to talk about Internet security and its impacting the business of law and the practice of law. Professor Franz is an expert in Cyber Security and his current research on CyberDefense is funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It was a compelling conversation which flowed with insight and helpful tips.

JC: Dr. Franz, almost every day we hear of some new problem with the Internet. Is the Internet becoming less secure?

MF: Well, the Internet was never very secure to begin with, but what has changed in the past 2 years or so is that organized crime has got in on the act. While before it was just a few isolated little crooks (something that the intelligence community refers to as “ankle biters”) now all of a sudden we see the emergence of actual criminal networks. I was at a meeting in Arlington Virginia organized by the Department of Homeland Security just recently where someone estimated that about 30,000 people are “full time employees” of Internet fraud schemes today, and the number is growing.

JC: What kind of fraud are we talking about?

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