Stuart Gutwein


Lawyer To Leader Program

by Stuart Gutwein


      Butler University recently ran its first cohort through a business program for lawyers called Lawyer to Leader and I was fortunate enough to be one of the participants.  If you desire to become a leader in your law firm or organization, I highly recommend you apply for the next class at Butler.  This program was especially fitting for me as our firm has grown from 5 people in 1 location to ~25 people in 3 locations in the 4 years we've been in existence.  I've personally gone from 95% legal work for clients to less than 25% legal work for clients and now most of my time is devoted to strategy, communication and team development.  The years of being part of many business decisions with clients and having a significant interest and activity in outside interests in real estate services and venture capital have been very helpful but time dedicated to concentrate on developing leadership skills has been extremely valuable for my own growth and I plan for the numerous lessons to impact our law firm. 

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Business lessons from Youth Baseball

by Stuart Gutwein

 I love baseball - the sport (the athleticism required, the explosiveness, the coordination), the game (the strategy, knowledge of the game and its intricacies), and of course the competition.  Baseball season is officially under way.  Pitchers and catchers have reported for MLB spring training, last Friday was opening day of college baseball and winter practices have started for youth baseball.   IMG_4738.jpg

For several years now, I've been coaching youth baseball and one of my favorite things about coaching is watching a young boy transform over a season of baseball - turning from that scared boy timidly stepping into that scary batter’s box, all alone to the confident plate pounding little man child ready to knock it out of the park. The thoughts running through his head

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Business Combinations: Financial Health (Part 4)

by Stuart Gutwein

For the past few months, we have been discussing the questions companies should consider when initially considering a joint venture or merger (see Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3). In our final installment of this series, we will go over what questions will help determine the financial health of a prospective business partner’s company.

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Business Combinations: Transitioning Employees (Pt. 3)

by Stuart Gutwein

Over the past two months, we have been discussing questions to consider when entering into a joint venture or merger (see Part 1 and Part 2). Once you and your potential partner have aligned on your business philosophy and products or services, it’s time to start thinking of your employees.

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Business Combinations: Integrating Products and Market (Pt. 2)

by Stuart Gutwein

Last month we discussed questions to consider regarding character and philosophy before entering into a joint venture or merger. After you have a foundational understanding of what is important to your future business partner philosophically, it’s time to begin asking how your products and services will integrate.

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