Have you ever thought about getting an MBA? Save your time and money! In this series of programs, “Hack my MBA for Lawyers,” practicing lawyers who hold MBA’s take key concepts from the MBA curriculum that have real value for practicing lawyers, teach them to you in an engaging way and show how to apply them in your practice using real-world hypotheticals. In the process, you’ll also learn the unique language MBA’s employ – sometimes called “MBA-speak” – to help you better understand and communicate with your MBA-trained or other finance-type clients.
In this first program in the series, we show you how to use “Decision Analysis” – a powerful framework for making decisions involving problems that include substantial uncertainty – to find the optimal solution to routine problems faced by lawyers and their clients such as whether to settle a lawsuit or take it to trial, whether to close a deal for the sale of an asset, or whether to take a speculative tax deduction. We also include in the written materials for this program an Excel file that you can use as a template to model and solve similar problems for you and your clients that arise in your practice.
Zach McGee, Senior Vice President, Business Affairs, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Los Angeles, CA
Zach leads worldwide business affairs for Sony’s home entertainment division. Before moving to Sony, he was the Senior Vice President, Head of Business & Legal Affairs at Miramax, a leading independent film and television studio. Before joining Miramax, Zach was a Vice President, Legal Affairs, with NBC Universal, Inc. Prior to moving in-house, he was an associate with Davis Polk. Zach clerked for the Honorable Michael B. Mukasey, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and he received his Masters of Business Administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Zach also has taught negotiation ethics for lawyers as an Adjunct Professor at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University.