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About the Author

“Jay Foonberg has successfully practiced Business Law, Business Litigation, Estate and Probate Litigation, Legal Ethics, Space and Aviation Law.”


Jay has given back to the profession in many ways including more than $1,000,000 from the proceeds from the first 5 editions of this book to the Law Student Division.


He has given much Pro Bono time, including representing, without fee, a band of American Indians in the Court of Claims and the United States Supreme Court.Jay has served in the ABA House of Delegates; he is on the Advisory Council for the ABA Commission on Evaluation of the Rules of Professional Conduct and he was a founder of the ABA Law Practice Management Section.


His book, How To Start and Build a Law Practice (5th edition), is the book that is most frequently stolen from law libraries in the United States and it has earned more than $1 million for the ABA, and has been their best seller every year since 1977. Mr. Foonberg is the author of many other important books, all available from the ABA: How to Get and Keep Good Clients (3rd edition); Finding the Right Lawyer; and The ABA Guide to Lawyer Trust Accounts. A much sought after speaker, Jay has led seminars and taught client relations, malpractice prevention, legal ethics and client development in every one of the 50 states, all 7 continents and as far a field as Europe, South America Antarctica and Asia in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. 


Jay earned his JD from UCLA Law School and has received the prestigious Harrison Tweed Award, CLE’s highest honor. He lives and practices in Beverly Hills, California.


Recognition of his skills has resulted in his being perhaps the only person ever honored for lifetime achievements with awards from 4 American Bar Association entities including the following:Harrison Tweed award from the ABA-PLI Consortium on Continuing Legal Education for being the Most Outstanding CLE Educator in the United States.Sam Smith Medal for Lifetime Achievement by the Law Practice Management Section of the ABA.Don Riklis award for Lifetime Achievement by the General Practice Solo and Small Firm Division of the ABA.Platinum Key Award Law Student Division of The ABA for Life Time Achievement (only person ever so honored)Lou Goldberg Award as the Most Outstanding Attorney-CPA in the United States by the American Association of Attorney-CPA’s. 


Jay has also been decorated by the nations of Argentina and Brazil for his work in International Trade as well as having been accepted by The Knights of Malta for his work with hospitals throughout the world. Jay's an avid marathoner, and is a member of the prestigious 7 Continents Club.  Always curious about what is on the other side of the mountain. Jay is a member of the Adventurer's institution almost 100 years old. 

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