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Law Flip is a weekly podcast hosted by Benjy Smith and Louis Benowitz. Each week they'll be covering the top Law related news stories and give you the realist and most thought provoking sauce on the subject. Tune in on Monday's at 5 AM EST/ 2AM PST!
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Dr. Alex Knezevic, an ophthalmologist and avid sailor and surfer, joins host Benjy Smith for another scintillating episode of LawFlip. Alex and Benjy discuss an array of topics including avoiding burnout, adapting to professional practice changes and new technologies, and the benefits of having multiple mentors with different perspectives. They also discuss differing mentalities over money, client/patient relationships, and finding your fit as a professional. The episode closes with the Deal and Legal Tip of the Week segments.Support the show (http://lawflip.com)
Dr. Ronen Nazarian joins host Benjy Smith for a highly informative and inspiring episode. Dr. Nazarian is an Ear Nose and Throat surgeon who specializes in hearing restoration and cochlear implant procedures. Dr. Nazarian and Benjy discuss an array of subjects including the difficulties and unwarranted stigmas people who are hard of hearing encounter, the surprisingly high success rates for hearing restoration procedures, building a strong business by building a strong reputation, and staying happy and motivated as a professional. The episode closes with the Deal and Legal Tip of the Week segments. Give this episode a listen and fill yourself up with good vibes and inspiration!Support the show (http://lawflip.com)
In this episode of LawFlip, we do something a little different. Louis Benowitz joins Benjy Smith for an episode filled with hot-button topics. Their conversation covers Claudia Conway, comparisons between Trump and dictators, political candidate debates, NBA ratings, and Amy Coney Barrett. The episode closes with the Deal and Legal Tip of the Week segments, including a surprise visit from a four-legged friend. Go check out this episode!Support the show (http://lawflip.com)
Lou Alexander joins host Benjy Smith for another riveting episode. Lou came from extremely humble beginnings in South Los Angeles, spending most of his childhood being raised by a single mother along with his ten siblings after tragically losing his father at the age of five. After graduating from Syracuse University and briefly playing in the NFL for the New Orleans Saints, Lou found himself broke and without a job. Fortuitously, Lou chatted up a stranger on an airplane who helped lead him to a career in technology sales. Through hard work and putting faith in people and process, Lou has gone from doing door-to-door sales in the Boston area to thriving as a Director of Sales for a successful technology company. In addition to achieving career success, Lou has also channeled his powers as an athlete and has lost over 100 pounds!In a wide-ranging conversation, Lou and Benjy discuss faith, the powers of curiosity, positive thinking, and being willing to ask others for help, working to find happiness, and the relationship between nutrition and poverty. The episode closes with the Deal and Legal Tip of the Week segments. This is another episode you don't want to miss!Support the show (http://lawflip.com)
Commercial real estate partners Michael Hanassab and Elliot Hassan join host Benjy Smith in this episode. Michael and Elliot sell apartment buildings as part of a growing commercial real estate team and help investors realize their dreams. In an inspiring episode, Benjy, Michael, and Elliot discuss growing up in the San Fernando Valley, succeeding in spite of growing up with privilege, and translating lessons learned from playing sports as a child to team-building in business. They also discuss finding work-life balance with family, living on commissions and fluctuating income, transitioning from traditional to more innovative firms, dealing with difficult clients, and finding synergies in business partnerships. The episode closes with the usual Deal and Legal Tip of the Week segments. So check out this fun episode!Support the show (http://lawflip.com)
Not so long ago, SugarFreeRich was working as a manager at the Apple Store while in a pre-diabetic state and experiencing liver issues. Now, through sticking to diet changes and committing to exercise, he has lost over 200 pounds and is running his own rapidly growing food delivery service. SugarFreeRich and Benjy Smith have a wide-ranging conversation in which they talk about SugarFreeRich’s transformation, the role of compassionate people in helping him achieve that transformation, and the shame and guilt surrounding eating disorders and weight issues. They also talk about how SugarFreeRich’s experience working in his family’s restaurant led him to his current and rapidly growing food delivery service. The episode closes with the Deal and Legal Tip of the Week segments. So check this episode out for your weekly dose of inspiration!~~~~~~~Connect with today's awesome guest, SugarFreeRich: Instagram: @SugarFreeRich***********************************************************~~ 👉  What is LawFlip? 👈  ~~LawFlip is a weekly podcast hosted by Benjy Smith and Louis Benowitz of Smith & Benowitz, a law firm serving employees and personal injury victims in Los Angeles and New York.~~ ✅  Subscribe to our newsletter: http://lawflip.com~~ Follow us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/lawflip/~~ Like us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/LawFlipSB/For Legal Help w/ Employment, Personal Injury and Class Action Matters~~ Visit our website: https://smithbenowitz.com/~~ DM us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/smithbenowitz/~~ Message us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/smithbenowitz/~~ Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://facebook.com/smithbenowitz/***********************************************************Credits:Producer, Director, and Editor: Arian TabibianVisual Effects and Compositions: Oren AzadIntro music provided by Pen Practice: https://penpracticemusic.comLawFlip Identity created by Garret Whisten and Travis NagleMarketing by Horowitz Agency: https://horowitzagency.comDisclaimer: This Podcast is made available by Smith & Benowitz for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is only intended to provide general information and opinions about legal and other concepts, and is not intended to be used as a source of legal advice or relied on for legal advice. By listening to this Podcast, you understand that no attorney-client relationship is being formed between you and Smith & Benowitz (or any of its attorneys). The Podcast should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from a licensed professional attorney in your state.#lawflip #lawyerpodcast #legalpodcastSupport the show (http://lawflip.com)
Christian Stockwell, a spirituality and meditation coach and TikTok “guru” (over 180k followers!), joins host Benjy Smith for an enlightening conversation on meditation, finding growth through personal struggles, the interplay between psychoactive substances and spirituality, different ways of providing value to other people, the @motion_la entrepreneurial workout group and finding happiness. At only 24, Christian has already transitioned from the grind of commercial real estate into the world of spiritual guidance. In doing so, he has built a successful business (with a money-back guarantee for its customers) where he helps people overcome obstacles and find their ways to better mental spaces. As we offer every week, we give you our Deal of the Week and Legal Tip of the Week that you don’t want to miss. This fascinating episode offers insights into both business and spirituality (including the business of spirituality), so get ready to level up your mind, spirit and hustle game!~~~~~~~Connect with today's awesome guest, Christian Stockwellhttps://linktr.ee/christianstockwell***********************************************************~~ 👉  What is LawFlip? 👈  ~~LawFlip is a weekly podcast hosted by Benjy Smith and Louis Benowitz of Smith & Benowitz, a law firm serving employees and personal injury victims in Los Angeles and New York.~~ ✅  Subscribe to our newsletter: http://lawflip.com~~ Follow us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/lawflip/~~ Like us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/LawFlipSB/For Legal Help w/ Employment, Personal Injury and Class Action Matters~~ Visit our website: https://smithbenowitz.com/~~ DM us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/smithbenowitz/~~ Message us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/smithbenowitz/~~ Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://facebook.com/smithbenowitz/***********************************************************Credits:Producer, Director, and Editor: Arian TabibianVisual Effects and Compositions: Oren AzadIntro music provided by Pen Practice: https://penpracticemusic.comLawFlip Identity created by Garret Whisten and Travis NagleMarketing by Horowitz Agency: https://horowitzagency.comDisclaimer: This Podcast is made available by Smith & Benowitz for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is only intended to provide general information and opinions about legal and other concepts, and is not intended to be used as a source of legal advice or relied on for legal advice. By listening to this Podcast, you understand that no attorney-client relationship is being formed between you and Smith & Benowitz (or any of its attorneys). The Podcast should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from a licensed professional attorney in your state.#lawflip #lawyerpodcast #legalpodcastSupport the show (http://lawflip.com)
Host Benjy Smith welcomes the one and only Guang Hong. Guang graduated law school at the age of 21 and does not have Instagram (not sure which is more rare!). After practicing in a larger law firm, Guang realized that he wanted to find a career he enjoyed more and, with the benefit of being young, went back to school and got a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University so he could transition into a non-legal career in the healthcare field. In their discussion, Benjy and Guang explore a range of topics, both professional and personal. Guang makes the case for having tons of patience and focus and for operating as a professional with a career without being miserable (a recurring theme on LawFlip!). Finally, Benjy and Guang each give their Deals and Legal Tips of the Week.~~~~~~~Connect with today's awesome guest, Guang Hong: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/mwlite/in/guang-hong***********************************************************~~ 👉  What is LawFlip? 👈  ~~LawFlip is a weekly podcast hosted by Benjy Smith and Louis Benowitz of Smith & Benowitz, a law firm serving employees and personal injury victims in Los Angeles and New York.~~ ✅  Subscribe to our newsletter: http://lawflip.com~~ Follow us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/lawflip/~~ Like us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/LawFlipSB/For Legal Help w/ Employment, Personal Injury and Class Action Matters~~ Visit our website: https://smithbenowitz.com/~~ DM us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/smithbenowitz/~~ Message us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/smithbenowitz/~~ Connect with us on LinkedIn: https://facebook.com/smithbenowitz/***********************************************************Credits:Producer, Director, and Editor: Arian TabibianVisual Effects and Compositions: Oren AzadIntro music provided by Pen Practice: https://penpracticemusic.comLawFlip Identity created by Garret Whisten and Travis NagleMarketing by Horowitz Agency: https://horowitzagency.comDisclaimer: This Podcast is made available by Smith & Benowitz for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is only intended to provide general information and opinions about legal and other concepts, and is not intended to be used as a source of legal advice or relied on for legal advice. By listening to this Podcast, you understand that no attorney-client relationship is being formed between you and Smith & Benowitz (or any of its attorneys). The Podcast should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from a licensed professional attorney in your state.#lawflip #lawyerpodcast #legalpodcastSupport the show (http://lawflip.com)
In this week’s episode of LawFlip, we welcome back the ever-controversial (and ever-entertaining) Matt Bilinsky. Host Benjy Smith moderates a debate between Louis Benowitz and Matt over whether gig economy drivers should be treated as employees or independent contractors. Louis sides with the workers and Matt sides with the likes of gig economy companies like Uber and Doordash. This is an extremely hot legal issue right now. Over the last few years, the California courts and legislature have consistently decided that gig economy drivers are employees. After losing in the courts and in the legislature, the gig economy companies are spending more than $100 million this November on Proposition 22, which leaves it to the voters to decide how gig economy workers will be classified. In this heated (but respectful) debate, you’ll get to hear passionate arguments from both sides of this deeply contested issue and start to become more informed about it. In short, this is a highly entertaining episode that you don’t want to miss!Support the show (http://lawflip.com)
In this week’s episode, personal injury lawyer Raphael Javid (who many affectionately know as RJ) joins host Benjamin Smith for a scintillating and wide-ranging conversation that considers both law and life. On the law side, RJ was a founding partner of what became a successful, large-scale personal injury law firm. After doing that, RJ went out on his own again so that he could focus on handling a smaller portfolio of complex injury cases. In doing so, he has personally found joy in the nitty-gritty practice of law after spending years managing other lawyers in a larger firm. On the life side, Benjy and RJ talk about loftier ideas like meditation and positivity, comfort versus happiness, trusting one’s own instincts, and simultaneously pursuing career passions and outside interests. RJ and Benjy also talk about RJ’s eclectic music playlist. Finally, Benjy and RJ each give their Deals and Legal Tips of the Week. So, for your weekly dose of enlightenment, check out this week’s episodeSupport the show (http://lawflip.com)
On this week's episode of LawFlip, Aston Wallace returns and joins Louis Benowitz while Benjy Smith is away for the week. On the legal side, they discuss employment law and workers' compensation issues as applied to the COVID-19 pandemic and a recently issued injunction requiring Uber and Lyft to immediately reclassify their drivers as employees. They also discuss social gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, whether "Zoom Parties" are here to stay or just a 2020 fad, and whether social media companies like Facebook and Instagram interfering in the 2020 election is better or worse than foreign governments like Russia doing it. To close out the episode, Aston and Louis give their Deals of the Week and Legal Tips of the Week. So give this episode a view/listen and subscribe to/follow LawFlip on YouTube/iTunes/Instagram for more fun weekly content!Support the show (http://lawflip.com)
On this week's episode of LawFlip, Aston Wallace - the winner of the LawFlip Head Start Initiative (a contest aimed at helping a black attorney launch a new law firm) - joins Benjy Smith and Louis Benowitz for an exceptionally compelling and wide-ranging conversation.Aston will be launching the Law Office of Aston Wallace, which will be a Los Angeles-based workers' compensation firm that fights on behalf of workers who suffer workplace injuries. Aston is a Philadelphia native, a graduate of Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and has more than a decade of experience in workers' compensation law, having represented both employers and employees at various points in his career. In addition to being a lawyer, Aston is a legit comedian who regularly performs. During their discussion, Aston, Benjy, and Louis talk about an array of topics including, but not limited to, Aston's experiences as a lawyer, the time he met Barack Obama back before he was President Obama, his motivations for going out on his own and representing injured workers, his ability to empathize with people from diverse backgrounds, Aston's perspectives on Trump, Biden, and black conservatives, well-meaning white people trying to help the black community while recognizing that some people will always see their efforts as condescending, and the tension between "cancel culture" and evolving viewpoints in today's society. We can't wait to work with Aston more in the future and watch him grow a successful practice! Everyone also gives their Deals and Legal Tips of the Week.Support the show (http://lawflip.com)
On this week's episode of LawFlip,  Ayesha Sehra joins host Benjy Smith for a scintillating conversation. Ayesha is the Founder and CEO of Grow the Social, a Los Angeles-based branding and public relations agency that provides services for major and celebrity brands, and influencers. She's also a fitness fanatic and an inspiration to us all! Ayesha and Benjy discuss Ayesha's decision to move from Toronto to Los Angeles, the challenges of starting a successful business in a new place with few existing connections, common misconceptions about branding and marketing, and the @Motion_LA Sunday workout (which, if you're in Los Angeles, you should definitely come experience for yourself)! Per usual, the episode includes a Legal Tip of the Week (sponsored by Smith & Benowitz).Last, and certainly NOT least, Benjy not only announces the winner of last week's Deal of the Week sponsored by Valleybrink Road and Barrett Prendergrast, but also announces a new contest for The ULTIMATE Business Starter Package sponsored by Grow the Social and Smith & Benowitz. The winner of this contest will receive marketing and branding advice from Ayesha as well as some one-on-one legal guidance from Smith & Benowitz. So check out this week's episode, and enter our contest, for the chance to kickstart your brand and set it up for success!Support the show (http://lawflip.com)
On this week’s episode of LawFlip, Barrett Prendergast joins host Benjy Smith for an inspiring and stimulating conversation. Barrett, a trailblazing female entrepreneur, founded Valleybrink Road, a luxury gifting and floral design studio with a nationwide following and customer base. Barrett’s life journey has been truly fascinating. While she has attended elite schools and spent most of her life surrounded by privilege, she opens up to Benjy about her experience doing so while being raised as one of three children by a single mother of very modest means. It is a heartwarming and honest discussion about a topic that more people than you might expect experience, but are reluctant to ever mention. Barrett and Benjy also talk about taking risks in business and in life, striving to succeed when failure is not an option, and dealing with haters in the world of social media trolls. As usual, the episode has the standard Deal and Legal Tip of the Week segments. Finally, Benjy announces the winner of last week’s LawFlip x Goodies collaboration giveaway as well as a new contest from Barrett for those who listen to this week’s episode. In sum, you need to watch or listen to this episode so you can both feel inspired and keep up with the contest games!Support the show (http://lawflip.com)
We Snagged the First Recorded Interview with the Founder of Goodies—Don’t Miss This One! Goodies founder Rhea Carlisle explains why she decided to show her face for the first time, and her journey from feeling empty about designing homes for 1%ers to creating a fan-obsessed company featuring home goods for under $25. Find out how she inspires people to wait in 7-hour lines during a pandemic!Support the show (http://lawflip.com)
How does one of music’s most successful executives create hit after hit? Today’s guest, Ben Maddahi, answers that question. The Wiz Khalifa/Charlie Puth worldwide smash hit “See You Again” with over 4 BILLION views that was performed for Kobe Bryant’s memorial? He made that song happen!More of his hits include "Blame Game" by Kanye West featuring John Legend, “Stay” by Zedd and Alessia Cara, “Wild Ones” by Flo Rida, and  Tik Tok-driven smash record “Savage Love” by Jason Deuro.  Ben shares the story behind creating these songs, what it takes to be successful, and so much more. Benjy and Ben close out the episode with their Deals and Legal Tips of the Week.  Please check out this week’s episode of @lawflip and subscribe to all our channels.Support the show (http://lawflip.com)
If you were qualified for virtually any job of your choosing, would you choose public service?If you had a bachelor degree from Harvard, a master degree from Cambridge, and a law degree from Berkeley, would you forego personal wealth and focus on trying to solve society’s problems instead? Should making as much money as possible be the primary driving force behind your professional career decisions?While it’s cool that President Obama was once himself a State Senator, what does a State Senator actually do?These are some of the questions that State Senator Ben Allen answers on this week’s episode of LawFlip. Host Benjy Smith also asks Senator Allen about the lack of diversity in the legal profession, how to effectively message and market ideas, why should we care about public lands, and some of the issues with our public education system. Benjy and Senator Allen further discuss Senator Allen’s plans for addressing two issues that plague California (in spite of it still being an extremely desirable place to live):  Traffic and the high cost of living.  We have a hunch that Senator Allen might run for President one day.  Watch this episode to find out why!Please check out this week’s episode of @lawflip and subscribe to all our channels. Sign up for our newsletter here. https://go.smithbenowitz.com/lawflip-podcastSupport the show (http://lawflip.com)
Right now is arguably the darkest moment in modern American history. Our national morale sinks to new lows on an almost-daily basis amidst an ever-worsening pandemic, troubling levels of police brutality, and increasing civil unrest. However, even amidst these dark times, we are also experiencing tremendous positive changes - like diverse communities coming together and supporting marginalized voices. So how can we move forward and solidify positive change? Vote! Today’s @LawFlip guest, Mandana Dayani (@mandanadayani), an entrepreneur, attorney and social activist who could probably have just about any job she wants. She’s had high profile positions in fashion, entertainment, and technology (including a major role in Rachel Zoe’s fashion brand).  But, right now, she is obsessed with bringing awareness to America’s most fundamental freedom:  The right to vote!  Mandana co-founded I am a voter.® It is a nonpartisan movement that aims to create a cultural shift around voting and civic engagement by unifying people around a central truth:  Our democracy works best when we all participate. We discuss her new podcast Dissenters (named in homage to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s use of the line, “I dissent”) which she co-hosts with actor, philanthropist and global icon Debra Messing. Their podcast, for now, is a series that focuses on 20 individuals who challenged the status quo including Hilary Clinton, Adam Schiff and many other of their heroes.Benjy and Mandana also discuss how anger is motivating, and how even the “smartest” people in the room often have no idea what they are doing (meaning that there’s no reason for you not to be in the room regardless of whether you feel like you belong). Benjy and Mandana close out the episode with their Deals and Legal Tips of the Week.   Please check out this week’s episode of @lawflip and subscribe to all our channels. Sign up for our newsletter here. https://go.smithbenowitz.com/lawflip-podcastSupport the show (http://lawflip.com)
Who doesn’t love a rags to riches story?!? Bob Simon (@planetfunbob), the founder of The Simon Law Group, is arguably one of the best trial attorneys on the planet.  Bob is also the founder of Justice HQ, a new venture that seeks to redefine the legal landscape by helping consumer-side attorney members build a community and pool resources. Bob grew up in a working class family in Pittsburgh, PA as (arguably) the oldest of five siblings (tied with his twin brother).  His loving father worked as a truck driver for UPS and his nurturing mother was a stay-at-home mom.  On today’s episode of @lawflip, host Benjy Smith (@benjysmith) and Bob discuss Bob’s journey from a working class family in Pittsburgh, PA to becoming a legal industry giant who has dominated in the courtroom on behalf of injured plaintiffs, built an extremely successful law firm with more than 70 employees (including his entire family), and is innovating in the profession with his new Justice HQ venture.Benjy and Bob also discuss various aspects of the legal profession, including Bob’s businesses, finding your sweet spot as an attorney, and working remotely. As a bonus, Bob makes his cases for both Biden 2020 (enthusiastically) and Trump 2020 (reluctantly).  Benjy and Bob also give their Deals and Legal Tips of the Week.  Please check out this week’s episode of @lawflip and subscribe to all our channels. Sign up for our newsletter here. https://go.smithbenowitz.com/lawflip-podcastSupport the show (http://lawflip.com)
Attorneys are magnets for mental health issues. Compared to the general population, attorneys are especially vulnerable to substance abuse, anxiety, and depression. Many attorneys find practicing law soul-crushing because it involves myriad challenges.  Attorneys frequently have difficulty finding a manageable work-life balance. Legal work is highly stressful in numerous ways:  it’s unpredictable, adversarial, time-consuming, technical, requires constantly dealing with other people’s problems, and often does not generate the sorts of income that lay people generally assume. While all these issues are rooted in factual realities, attorneys nevertheless do not need to be miserable as a condition of their careers or need lots of money to be happy. Indeed, with the right perspective, it’s still possible to have a happy life while practicing law. This week’s guest, Mark Goldstein, not only overcame his mental health issues and related struggles, he did it while working in the pressure cooker otherwise known as Big Law. He felt alone. He was not.  In this episode, Mark and Benjy discuss many things mental health in what we believe should be required listening/viewing for all lawyers, especially newer ones. Please check out this week’s episode of @lawflip and subscribe to all our channels. Sign up for our newsletter here. https://go.smithbenowitz.com/lawflip-podcastSupport the show (http://lawflip.com)
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