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Clay Westbrook

Clay is a business restructuring and litigation consultant, former attorney, and author of Debt & Circuses: Protecting Business Owners from their Enemies, their Allies, and Themselves, which teaches how negotiation works in the new economy, shows how to manage the stress of financial problems, and chronicles many restructuring adventures. His consulting firm, Ascent, helps attorneys, CPAs and other professionals protect and defend clients in financial distress, contentious litigation, and complex negotiation.

Protecting Business Owners From Their Enemies, Their Allies, and Themselves

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Author’s note: following is an excerpt from my new book, Debt & Circuses: Protecting Business Owners From Their Enemies, Their Allies, and Themselves, released April, 2016.  Available in print (bound softcover) […]

Inside the Mind of a Client in Trouble

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Author’s note: following is an excerpt from Clay Westbrook’s new book, Debt & Circuses: Protecting Business Owners From Their Enemies, Their Allies, and Themselves, released April, 2016.  Introduction … If […]

The Four Roads to Value for Your Practice

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For reasons not the least bit interesting, I know a few things about lighting, and believe me, lamps can teach you a lot about living a better, more fulfilling life. Okay, not […]

Prisoner’s Dilemma Technique <br>Against Multiple Claimants

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Prisoner’s Dilemma: a paradox in decision analysis in which two parties acting in their own best interest pursue a course of action that does not result in the ideal outcome. The typical […]

Managing Client Emotions<br> in Tough Cases

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“The mortgage company told us that we weren’t allowed to file for bankruptcy. They said it wasn’t an option,” the young widow explained. She didn’t realize what this meant. We […]

When to Take On An Unwinnable Case

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A bank served our client, a business owner with several bad loan problems, with an $800,000 deficiency lawsuit on a shopping center the client lost to foreclosure. The center’s occupancy […]

11 Secret Career Moves <br>That Every Lawyer Should Know

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When you spend enough time around lawyers, you learn that lawyers love to complain. Maybe that’s why a lawsuit is called a Complaint. What complaint do we hear most often among unhappy lawyers who […]