Charles Robert Darwin

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.”

Fathom That

In Samuel Clemens’s book, Life on the Mississippi, he explains that he took the pseudonym from the senior riverboat captain Isaiah Sellers, who would take note of practical information about the river, and would sign them “MARK TWAIN.”   Clemens subsequently wrote these were published – with some of Mr. Seller’s descriptive phrases – by a local newspaper (although historians have been unable to actually confirm the truth of Clemens’ assertions). What is known, is that Clemens wrote a parody and published it in another New Orleans newspaper, the New Orleans Daily Crescent.  According to Clemens, Sellers was so upset that not only did he never again submit his  notes for publication, but he never signed ‘Mark Twain’ to anything again.  ‘Mark Twain’ also happens to be the term used by riverboat captains and crew for water that is two fathoms (12 feet) deep – important information for a steamboat, since it can mean the difference between safe passage or being trapped or worse: sunk in shallow water.

Eric Ken Shinseki

“If you dislike change, you’re going to dislike irrelevance even more.”

25th Anniversary Edition: Best of the Best USA Expert Guide

I am honored at having been notified I will be listed in the 2019 Best of the Best USA Expert Guide, as one of the Top 30 Media Practitioners in the USA.

Over the course of a quarter of a century, Euromoney’s Legal Media Group has researched the world’s legal markets. Based on extensive review, with legal peers and in-house counsel, they identify the world’s leading lawyers, advisers and legal practitioners.

Over these past 25 years, the Expert Guides have become a valuable reference tool and trusted resource for international buyers of legal services.

This is their 25th Anniversary Edition and although I have been listed in previous editions of the Guide to the World’s Leading Technology, Media and Telecommunications Lawyers, each time I receive such a notice, it reminds me of the professional relationships I have enjoyed over the last 40 years and the great privilege I have been afforded of serving and working with clients and colleagues, not only in the USA, but around the world.   Thank you!

Joe Rosenbaum


Never the Twain Shall Meet

Although Samuel Clemens’s earliest use of the pseudonym Mark Twain was in February 1863 in the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise, how he chose that name is still uncertain.  Any ideas?


This Statue Artist Had Good Odds!

In March of 2011, The U.S. Postal Service was notified the stamp with the image of Lady Liberty they issued, was not the image of Lady Liberty standing majestically in New York harbor, but that of a replica standing in front of the “New York, New York” hotel in Las Vegas. Oops! But they were pretty happy with the picture, so chose to ignore that fact and ultimately stopped printing that particular stamp a few years later.

When the artist of the hotel statue, Robert Davidson, realized the stamp image was actually his creation, he asked for royalties, but since the replica was a copy of the famous statute, the postal service argued the statue (and its image) wasn’t entitled to copyright protection. Davidson stated his replica was not just a copy and that he had altered the features of the sculpture, different from the original. One can actually see the differences and ultimately the dispute ended up in court, which sided with Davidson. Although he was asking for a percentage of all the stamps sold, the court awarded him 5% of the value of stamps (about $70 mm) which translates into approximately $3.5mm. Not bad considering the fact that most artists receive only about $5,000 for their work.

P.S. Since the image was in Vegas, it’s fitting the question was asked on the 7th and the answer on the 11th . . After all 7-11 are pretty lucky – at least for one sculptor!


“The secret to happiness is freedom… and the secret to freedom is courage.”