Meet Michael Hagele, General Counsel

Michael Hagele serves as general counsel for several technology companies in California. His previous experiences include Fenwick and West LLP as a participant in the Licensing and Commerce Group. He has had experience in both outside and in-house counsel. His experience proves to him that sole practitioners or smaller firms can in fact; provide better legal services to clientele in technology-oriented businesses. Hagele handles the day-to-day legal matters of his clients. He provides beneficial legal services to clients in many technology-aware business ventures.

In a recent interview, Hagele described his daily process, from start to finish.

The beginning of his day involves general or intellectual property legal advising, which then leads him to get to the direct aspects of drafting and reviewing contracts that are licensing agreements. In the afternoon, Hagele likes to take a break for a mountain or road bike ride, which helps him shake out the cobwebs of stress that may gather. Then he deals with other client issues that pop up in the afternoon when after that bike ride, he is at his most creative. He works at bringing resolution to difficult situations.

In the evening, Hagele communicates with his overseas investment partners. Bringing new ideas to life is his specialty, which is done by challenging assumptions that get repeated, attempting to integrate new information as the opportunity to do so becomes available. A new trend that excites him is artificial intelligence, as he is an investor and advisor to a company with an application used by non-profits to learn how to utilize their funds better.

He feels the best habit an entrepreneur can be in is to put the customer first. He advises other entrepreneurs engage in physical activity since it can help with creativity. Hagele also feels that social media, including Twitter, can be used as an important strategy to grow business.