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Published:May 11th, 2006 08:10 EST
Judy Piazza chats with Hanna Hasl-Kelchner, Author of The Business Guide to Legal Literacy

Judy Piazza chats with Hanna Hasl-Kelchner, Author of The Business Guide to Legal Literacy

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

Hanna Hasl-Kelchner is a licensed attorney and former adjunct professor at the Duke University Fuqua School of Management who earned her undergraduate degree from Duke University, an MBA degree from Cornell University, and her law degree from the Rutgers University School of Law " Camden, where she won awards for her advocacy skills. 

Her legal career began in Washington, D.C., spanning private government practice, included service at the U.S. International Trade Commission where one of her cases was decided by President Reagan.  She moved to in-house practice in 1984, developing a diverse portfolio of increasing responsibility at Degussa Corporation, a subsidiary of Frankfurt based Degussa AG, and at Reichhold, Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo based Dainippon Ink and Chemicals. 
She is currently Associate General Counsel at Lorillard Tobacco Company where she serves as a member of its Brand Integrity Group and is national counsel for Lorillard`s trademark infringement litigation.  She also serves on the advisory board of WeComply, Inc., and the editorial board of the Journal of Business Ethics Education.

The Book

The cost of casual legal risk management has gone up as the tolerance for irresponsibility has gone down creating a vise-like grip on your bottom line that increases the cost of doing business.  If you want to avoid legal entanglements ranging from minor contract and employee disputes to regulatory problems and full-blown lawsuits you need more than good intentions.  You need legal literacy so you can pick and choose your battles wisely " so you can manage legal risk instead of being managed by it. 

The Business Guide to Legal Literacy: What Every Manager Needs to Know About the Law helps you avoid predictable surprises.  It shows you how to identify blind spots that create legal risks and equips you with an action plan for isolating them and eliminating them.  It bridges the gap between law and business by translating legalese into language that makes business sense. 

Using dozens of real life examples The Business Guide makes the connection between decision-making psychology, quality management, organizational change and leadership, and shows you how these disciplines influence the company`s legal risk profile.  It tackles legal literacy on both the employee and organizational levels and includes 12 Rules for Avoiding Smoking Guns as well as 10 steps managers and lawyers can take to build a better relationship and unleash the power of Legal Leverage®.

This groundbreaking book  inconcludes with an impressive appendix filled with reference tools for the line manager that includes a legal primer, lessons from Sarbanes-Oxley, and an inside look at the federal guidelines used by prosecutors to decide whether to criminally indict a company or its management.

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