This week, we profile attorney and author of CEB’s California Mortgages, Deeds of Trust, and Foreclosure Litigation Charles A. Hansen:
CEB: What is your practice area and how did you choose it?
Chuck: All aspects of real estate and secured lending litigation. I chose that area because I figured it was less likely to get me killed than doing criminal or family law.
CEB: What do you like best and least about practicing law?
Chuck: Best is the chance to learn something new (not just about law) every day. Worst is how much it costs clients to pursue their legal rights.
CEB: What CEB program have you found most helpful in your practice and why?
Chuck: I mostly attend the real property and civil procedure programs and find them and the associated materials to be both practical and intellectually rigorous.
CEB: What is the best legal tip you ever received?
Chuck: No judge or jury is as interested in your case as you are. So keep it simple, straightforward, quick and clear.
CEB: How do you think the practice of law will change in the next 15 years?
Chuck: The main challenge of law practice over the next 15 years will be the ability to refine, manage and present compellingly the overwhelming amounts of information now available about every aspect of a transaction or a legal dispute.
CEB: What is the most interesting book you have read (lately)?
Chuck: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. This book forever destroys the purported distinction between hip and erudite.
CEB: What is your contact information?
Chuck: Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP, 1111 Broadway, 24th Floor, Oakland, CA 94607; (510)622-7533; CHansen@wendel.com.
CEB: Thank you, Chuck!
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