"Anyone who is serious about business ethics needs to understand the law. Hasl-Kelchner provides a clear roadmap for business people to understand how to do the right thing."
-- Steve Odland,
Chairman and CEO, Office Depot and
Chairman, Business Roundtable Corporate Governance Task Force
"At last, a book that demystifies the relationship between business and the law . . . I found it easy to read and full of real life examples. The Business Guide to Legal Literacy should be required reading for every business manager."
-- Gary Krall,
Chief Operations Officer, BioSignia, Inc.
"This work will be extremely valuable to CEOs and all other executives who are required to deal with the complexities and vagaries of today’s legal environment. Hanna Hasl-Kelchner has developed a straightforward and easily understandable approach to legal problems in the business context. She answers a number of critical questions. Why do some companies continue to insist on litigating weak cases and how can this mindset be overcome? What do business leaders really need to do to establish a regime of high ethical business standards? This work is successful because, in a number of unique and creative ways, it bridges the communication gap that sometimes exists between lawyers and their corporate clients."
-- Larry D. Thompson,
Senior Vice President Government Affairs, General Counsel & Secretary, PepsiCo, Inc.
Former Deputy General Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice
"As a small business owner without corporate counsel I've used Hanna's rubrics to avoid pitfalls and maximize opportunities. Her use of cases, related conversationally instead of legalistically, drives the legal points deep into long-term memory."
-- Tamela M. Rich,
Managing Member, Thor Industrial Services, LLC
"Industry and management are in turmoil and "Legal Literacy" is an important aspect which will help secure the future success of perceptive managers if for no other reason than to avoid diversion of time, energy and resources to needless legal challenges."
-- John W. Eschenlohr,
retired Director and Executive Vice President, Degussa Corporation
"This is a brilliant book and needs to be atop the credenza, within easy reach, of every business executive, manager, AND lawyer in America. The author combines all the best cutting-edge management research available with a superb summary of the current state of the law and she provides a synthesis to help your bottom line. You will learn many practical, step-by-step strategies to seize opportunities, manage risk, and optimize your returns...all by doing the right things in the right ways for the right reasons. [I hope the Enron guys read this book in the prison library!!!]. Every page contains superb advice for Fortune 500 entities as well as start-ups.
For the record I am a lawyer with an LL.M in Tax Law and 29 years of experience in law firms and as a General Counsel.
If you only have time to read one book about the interplay of management and the law: this is THE book."
-- David J. Spellman
"This book provides a refreshing perspective of the legal pitfalls that face business managers, sales personnel or anyone within an organization who maintains contact with their customers. The discussion of smoking guns gives clear and concise examples of what not to say or write and provides a means to develop competent communication both with the customer and internal to the company without the "litigation lighning rods" that can happen in our fast-paced business world. This is a must read for business majors entering the workplace, as well as all sales and business managers. The writer has a sense of humor which keeps you turning the page."
-- A. Kimrey