Michael Friedlander

I don't have to attend every argument I'm invited to - and I wont... Prior to arriving in Los Angeles in 1979, I worked as an attorney in Johannesburg, South Africa. I then moved to London where I worked for an international trading company in its London and Zurich offices in the banking and financial sectors. I have no recollection of learning anything from that experience.... After moving to Los Angeles, I was admitted to the California Bar in 1979. Since then, my law work has focused on assisting clients in the negotiating and structuring of their transactions around the world. In the late 1990s, I ventured from the dark side and left the formal practice of law to explore life on the bright side-the world of business. I was the CEO of an international music company and then the CEO of an award-winning international architectural design company. I've now returned to the dark side where I belong... During these years, I saw first-hand some of the same ethical issues that confronted many of the modern senior executives who were involved directly and indirectly in the recent high-profile scams. That might be my next book. Maybe not... I also saw how the negotiating techniques of some of the most successful business executives and high-powered attorneys mirrored the basic principles that are laid out in the 10 Powers of Negotiation in my new book. I also saw how they all followed the principles of The Duck School in applying some old-fashioned common sense to whatever they were doing. Was it a coincidence that they were so successful? What confused me was that my two young sons employed the same negotiating techniques in their dealings with me and followed the same principles without ever having gone to Harvard. Perhaps this meant there was still hope for us non-Harvard blokes... I've recently written "Detecting the Scam: Nelson Mandela's Gift," which was initially critically acclaimed by my family and closest friends. After all, isn't this what family and friends are for? Now, fortunately, its also been critically acclaimed by The Jerusalem Post and some quite respectable folks who are neither friends nor family. Hope springs eternal...
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Phone Call Alert! 

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Due to the COVID-19 onslaught, we currently cannot take incoming phone calls.  

And since nobody reads anything, I've simply removed the phone number from the site.  

A notification about phone calls:  due to the COVID-19 plague, we've significantly increased our incoming inquiries--nearly double our usual volume--and the number of incoming inquiries by phone has been literally overwhelming.  Although most writers will say that their call "will only take 15 minutes," the truth is, that after 10 years of doing this, most author inquiry calls take an hour.  45 minutes at best. I'm currently receiving 7-10 calls/day, and due to that, I've had to stop accepting incoming phone calls, which my voicemail will tell you. You can leave a message--I can't call you back without one--and if a call is needed, I will of course call you.  But we have very complete and extensive email replies, handouts and our website is very informative. Almost all the questions that I receive during a call are actually already answered on our site, or are, in fact, publishing questions, not questions about our services, what we do, what we offer, or the like.  I already handle between 90-130 emails/day, as it is. I can't handle that many emails and take 7-10 hours of calls each day. I can't. So, in order to be able to answer this huge email volume, to help the greatest number of people, with my time, I've had to stop accepting calls.  I'm sorry, but that's just how it is. I'm in the process of setting up a call-appointment function, for free 15-minute calls to answer questions from new prospective customers and longer paid sessions for folks who generally want consulting on "publishing," generally (and for prospective kids' book publishers, as a special category of paid consulting).  But that functionality isn't yet set up. I hope to get that working the 3rd week of July, sometime.  

Thank you for your understanding.