The Lebrecht Group, APLC is pleased to welcome Edward H. Weaver back to the firm. Ed was with TLG from March 2005 through September 2009, when he left to pursue various other professional and personal interests. Ed has most recently been a partner at Baird Lamb, PLLC, practicing in the areas of corporate governance and compliance, entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, and finance. Ed has a JD/MBA from the University of San Diego, and a BS in economics and Spanish from the University of Utah.
“Ed is an exceptional transactional and securities lawyer. We were fortunate to have him at TLG during the first phase of his career, and since then he has exploded as a transactional lawyer. A lawyer’s career development is always enhanced by variety and experience, and Ed is coming back to us with a wealth of both,” said Brian A. Lebrecht, President of The Lebrecht Group. “Many of our clients remember Ed, and I encourage everyone to reach out and welcome him back.”
Ed’s practice at TLG will focus heavily on public company reporting and ’34 Act disclosure. He will also be the firm’s expert on Section 16 beneficial ownership reporting. Ed’s expertise will be available to all the firm’s clients.
Brian A. Lebrecht, TLG’s founder and President, recently sat down to Q&A with Ed:
Tell us about your professional development over the last 3 years?
The last three years have been eye-opening. Before the recession, my experience as an attorney primarily involved helping businesses grow and succeed. Then the recession changed the legal landscape for transactional attorneys like me. Lawsuits, dissolutions, and distressed asset sales replaced business formations, financing transactions and IPOs. To make practicing law more enjoyable again, I partnered with two other attorneys to focus on advising start-up technology companies. The economic environment was still challenging, but it was great fun helping to breathe a little life into these promising new companies.
Like me, you pursued a joint JD and MBA while in law school. You also have a degree in economics. How has that business background helped you in your law practice?
I have always tried to absorb as much business knowledge and experience as possible so I can see transactions through my clients’ eyes. Lawyers are trained to be analytical, cynical and risk averse. Entrepreneurs and managers are usually optimistic and pragmatic, respectively. I believe I can provide better service if I understand their world and their mindset. They work hard to create value, generate deals and develop business relationships and they want an attorney who understands the nuanced process of protecting legal interests without frustrating business objectives.
I know you have lived in Washington, D.C., New York and San Diego, why did you come back to Utah?
First and foremost, I came back to Utah for a girl. That was the best decision I’ve ever made because she is now my wife. I also came back for professional reasons. I believe Utah has a fertile environment for entrepreneurs and businesses. Utah’s low corporate tax rate, favorable regulatory climate and young, educated workforce have attracted many national and international companies, including Microsoft, Oracle, Twitter, and Adobe. That trend will continue and I believe Utah will be an exciting place to work for the foreseeable future.
What recreational activities do you enjoy?
I spend most of my free time with my wife, three-year-old daughter and one-year-old son. I also enjoy tennis, golf, skiing and hiking along the Wasatch Range.
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