Mr. Jarrett Louis Silver’s approach to Silver Legal comes from his internal struggles with law firm norms. He had worked in a law firm with an international reputation and in-house at a multinational medical technology company.
Even at the time when his clients could afford to pay high legal fees, Mr. Silver has always struggled with the hourly billing model that is so prevalent in the legal field. In the law firm environment, he felt he was doing something wrong when billing clients for more than what was expected even when unforeseeable complications arose and extra work was legitimately needed.
Then, spending several years in an in-house legal department, he learned why budgets matter to businesses and why foreseeability of a major line item like legal spend is important. An in-house counsel doesn’t care how much time an outside lawyer spends on a matter as long as the cost is affordable and quality answers are timely.
Mr. Silver also struggled with advising clients to have the lawyers provide more clarity when the clients would have proceeded anyway. In-house, he learned that not all issues needed an expensive 100% clear answer when an affordable 80% clear answer would be satisfactory–not every legal issue is a bet-the-company issue.
He has also struggled with the lack of clear legal advice due to the inherent ambiguity in the grey areas of the law and unclear facts. The “it depends” standard lawyer answer is rarely actionable without another “plain English” lawyer to translate the options. Mr. Silver felt that legal service doesn’t have to be this way, especially for startups and small businesses that need clear guidance and budget predictability.
Mr. Silver is a seasoned generalist with focused experience in startups, business law, intellectual property, contracts, technology law, employment, healthcare law, and corporate compliance.
He builds a primary-care lawyer relationship with his clients, which is suitable for many of his clients’ day-to-day needs. When specialists are needed, he is happy to reach outside of Silver Legal and facilitate the interaction.
He prefers communication in plain English regardless of the subject matter and the roll-up-your-sleeves practicality of an in-house lawyer. For much of his legal career, he has had experience dealing with international clients and is used to delivering international-level complex representation on his client matters.
- JD, Emory University School of Law
- MBA, Emory University Goizueta School of Business
- BS, Cornell University, Materials Science & Engineering
- Member of the State Bar of Georgia
- Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office
- Founder, Silver Legal (2016 – Present)
- In-house Counsel at the Getinge Group, a Nordic large cap company on the Stockholm Stock Exchange (2011 – 2016)
- Patent Associate at Oliff PLC, a top-5 US patent prosecution firm according to IP Today (2008 – 2010)
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