SOURCE: The General Counsel LLC

April 11, 2007 12:00 ET

The General Counsel Expands to San Francisco and Los Angeles, Adds Mindjet to Client Roster

Neil Popowitz Joins as Principal to Lead L.A. Expansion Efforts

NEWPORT BEACH, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 11, 2007 -- The General Counsel LLC, an in-house legal solutions firm dedicated to providing cost-effective in-house general counsel services to fast-growth and midsize companies, today announced its expansion in the San Francisco and Los Angeles markets to meet increased client needs. In conjunction with the expansion in San Francisco, The General Counsel announced that it has added San Francisco-based Mindjet Corporation, the global leader of productivity software for visualizing and managing information, to its growing roster of companies seeking part-time general counsel legal services. In addition, Neil Popowitz joins the Newport Beach-based firm as a principal to assist in its L.A expansion efforts.

"The market is embracing our part-time general counsel model and fueling our growth," said Stuart Blake, founder and managing principal. "Two years after our launch, we are seeing more and more demand for our services. We believe the San Francisco market will be the first of several expansion opportunities outside of Southern California for The General Counsel, and we're pleased that Neil has joined us to assist with the growth of our Los Angeles area activities. His background, including experience with the Howroyd Group of Companies, one of the nation's largest privately held businesses, will help provide fast-growth companies in the Los Angeles area with the benefits of a full-time general counsel on a part-time flexible schedule."

Popowitz is an accomplished attorney with more than 18 years of experience in corporate, employment, intellectual property, litigation, insurance, real estate and business law. He has provided proactive strategic business/legal consulting services for senior executive management of publicly and privately traded businesses, including AppleOne Employment Services, Accounting Advantage, ACT*1 Personnel Services, A-Check America, @Tech Staffing, American Workforce and All's Well Health Care Service. The General Counsel places an industry-proven, senior-level attorney on site at client companies to provide in-house legal services for everyday business matters, and highly specialized services for more complex issues. This model is attractive to fast-growth companies, such as Mindjet, that want access to cost-effective in-house general counsel services to help them mitigate the risks associated with expansion.

"Mindjet is the face of the Innovation Economy," Blake said. "The company garnered two industry accolades from Computer Reseller News and Software Magazine based on the company's growth and customer satisfaction in 2006. Mindjet is keenly aware of the importance of protecting its competitive position while delivering quality products. Because of this expansion, Mindjet has engaged The General Counsel to safeguard the application of its resources and intellectual property to opportunities in emerging target markets."

"The General Counsel is helping us react quickly to strategic opportunities," said Scott Raskin, chief executive officer, Mindjet. "We selected The General Counsel because their unique approach is in step with today's technology landscape. They can deliver prudent counsel that is on-target with our business goals and respond nimbly to the hyper-growth mode of a company like ours."

Mindjet is the leading provider of productivity software for visualizing and managing information, allowing individuals and teams to more effectively think, plan and collaborate. Used by the majority of Global 2000 companies, the Mindjet® MindManager® product line enables users to visually connect and synthesize ideas and information to improve decision making, shorten business planning processes, and harness the intellectual capital in their organizations. With headquarters in California and operations throughout the world, Mindjet is backed by leading international venture capital firms Investor Growth Capital Inc. and 3i.

About The General Counsel LLC

The General Counsel LLC is an in-house legal solutions firm dedicated to providing fast-growth and midsize companies with cost-effective in-house general counsel services. Many companies face complex business and legal matters but lack the resources to employ full-time legal expertise to handle them. The General Counsel offers a solution to this challenge through outsourced legal services designed to deliver dedicated, part-time in-house general counsel services to companies with no legal staff. The General Counsel also offers targeted assistance to supplement the existing legal staffs of large companies. Visit The General Counsel online at and its blog at

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