January Reflections: New and Improved in 2014



Happy New Year!





2013 brought many good things both for me personally and for ES Swanson Law.  I have continued my memberships in the Referral Partners Chapter of BNI and the Business Resource Group, and have made a number of good connections with generous, hard-working and qualified people.  I have continued to serve on the Community Service Committee of the Rotary Club of Northwest Hennepin County.  Our Club’s service projects have supported numerous causes, including a school supply drive for CROSS Foodshelf, ending child hunger around the world (Feed My Starving Children), beautifying our local parks through garbage cleanup efforts at the Maple Grove Arboretum, and improving mobility for disabled individuals around the world (“PET”, the Personal Energy Transportation Project), just to name a few.  In addition, my husband and I traveled to Switzerland and Italy, and I was lucky enough to celebrate my birthday while we were in Rome.  If only we could celebrate every birthday traveling to far-flung destinations around the world!  We also welcomed the birth of our niece, who is of course the most adorable little girl we’ve ever seen!

Trevi Fountain, Rome


On the business side, ES Swanson Law saw tremendous growth during 2013.  The firm’s clients grew by 62.7%, and while that is a fantastic number, it was still short of my goal.  Statistics aside, I am both pleased and honored that ES Swanson Law has been able to work with so many great businesses.  Last year, I had the privilege to:

  • incorporate eleven new companies,
  • protect several clients’ trademarks, including one who is going through a major rebranding effort,
  • assist a few clients with difficult employee disciplinary actions or terminations,
  • advise clients regarding the sale/purchase of a business,
  • draft or review several property leases,
  • prepare partnership agreements addressing owners’ responsibilities to their companies and each other;
  • advise several clients regarding business disputes,
  • draft numerous employment, independent contractor, and compensation agreements,
  • draft contracts for deed and a purchase agreement for various clients buying or selling real estate,
  • write customer agreements, and
  • review a wide variety of other contracts and legal documents.


Empowered by these accomplishments, I have set new goals for 2014.  This year, I will bring you a new and improved ES Swanson Law by:

  1. launching a new monthly e-newsletter to inform clients and contacts regarding legal issues and ES Swanson Law events,
  2. giving at least six presentations, starting with next month’s “Legal Basics for Creative Professionals“,
  3. publishing weekly blog posts on substantive legal issues relevant for business owners,
  4. upgrading the firm’s technology to improve efficiency and maintain work quality,
  5. expanding my blog to include monthly reviews of various entrepreneurship, marketing and management books,
  6. becoming actively involved in a Chamber of Commerce,
  7. expanding my work in commercial real estate, and ultimately,
  8. growing the firm by another 60%.


Sincerest thanks to everyone who has supported the firm or referred work to me.  I appreciate working with all of you and look forward to collaborating with you in 2014!  Check back here next week for new blog posts!