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My approach to contracts and agreements is to understand them as machines and their legal language as the gears designed to put the ambitions, desires, and goals of the parties into motion.

This simple but powerful idea comes from a childhood toy of cogs and wheels. If I arranged the gears just right, turning the gear with the handle turned all of the cogs and wheels together smoothly, transferring motion throughout the machine.

In a comparable way, a well-constructed contract creates a mechanism for the parties’ obligations and responsibilities and gives each party the opportunity to achieve its goals.

This approach to business contracts may be unusual, but I am more concerned with successful outcomes for my clients than I am with conventional thinking.