LawFlip

LawFlip

Law Flip is a weekly podcast hosted by Benjy Smith and Louis Benowitz. Each week they'll be covering the top Law related news stories and give you the realist and most thought provoking sauce on the subject. Tune in on Monday's at 5 AM EST/ 2AM PST!... Show More

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October 19, 2020 28 min

Dr. Ronen Nazarian joins host Benjy Smith for a highly informative and inspiring episode. Dr. Nazarian is an Ear Nose and Throat surgeon who specializes in hearing restoration and cochlear implant procedures. Dr. Nazarian and Benjy discuss an array of subjects including the difficulties and unwarranted stigmas people who are hard of hearing encounter, the surprisingly high success rates for hearing restoration procedures, building ...

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October 12, 2020 23 min

In this episode of LawFlip, we do something a little different. Louis Benowitz joins Benjy Smith for an episode filled with hot-button topics. Their conversation covers Claudia Conway, comparisons between Trump and dictators, political candidate debates, NBA ratings, and Amy Coney Barrett. The episode closes with the Deal and Legal Tip of the Week segments, including a surprise visit from a four-legged friend. Go check out this epi...

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Lou Alexander joins host Benjy Smith for another riveting episode. Lou came from extremely humble beginnings in South Los Angeles, spending most of his childhood being raised by a single mother along with his ten siblings after tragically losing his father at the age of five. 

After graduating from Syracuse University and briefly playing in the NFL for the New Orleans Saints, Lou found himself broke and without a job. Fortuitously, ...

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Commercial real estate partners Michael Hanassab and Elliot Hassan join host Benjy Smith in this episode. Michael and Elliot sell apartment buildings as part of a growing commercial real estate team and help investors realize their dreams. 

In an inspiring episode, Benjy, Michael, and Elliot discuss growing up in the San Fernando Valley, succeeding in spite of growing up with privilege, and translating lessons learned from playing s...

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Not so long ago, SugarFreeRich was working as a manager at the Apple Store while in a pre-diabetic state and experiencing liver issues. Now, through sticking to diet changes and committing to exercise, he has lost over 200 pounds and is running his own rapidly growing food delivery service. 

SugarFreeRich and Benjy Smith have a wide-ranging conversation in which they talk about SugarFreeRich’s transformation, the role of compassiona...

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Christian Stockwell, a spirituality and meditation coach and TikTok “guru” (over 180k followers!), joins host Benjy Smith for an enlightening conversation on meditation, finding growth through personal struggles, the interplay between psychoactive substances and spirituality, different ways of providing value to other people, the @motion_la entrepreneurial workout group and finding happiness. 

At only 24, Christian has already t...

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Host Benjy Smith welcomes the one and only Guang Hong. Guang graduated law school at the age of 21 and does not have Instagram (not sure which is more rare!). After practicing in a larger law firm, Guang realized that he wanted to find a career he enjoyed more and, with the benefit of being young, went back to school and got a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University so he could transition into a non-leg...

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In this week’s episode of LawFlip, we welcome back the ever-controversial (and ever-entertaining) Matt Bilinsky. Host Benjy Smith moderates a debate between Louis Benowitz and Matt over whether gig economy drivers should be treated as employees or independent contractors. Louis sides with the workers and Matt sides with the likes of gig economy companies like Uber and Doordash. 

This is an extremely hot legal issue right now. Over t...

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In this week’s episode, personal injury lawyer Raphael Javid (who many affectionately know as RJ) joins host Benjamin Smith for a scintillating and wide-ranging conversation that considers both law and life. 

On the law side, RJ was a founding partner of what became a successful, large-scale personal injury law firm. After doing that, RJ went out on his own again so that he could focus on handling a smaller portfolio of complex inju...

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On this week's episode of LawFlip, Aston Wallace returns and joins Louis Benowitz while Benjy Smith is away for the week. On the legal side, they discuss employment law and workers' compensation issues as applied to the COVID-19 pandemic and a recently issued injunction requiring Uber and Lyft to immediately reclassify their drivers as employees. 

They also discuss social gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, whether "...

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August 10, 2020 47 min

On this week's episode of LawFlip, Aston Wallace - the winner of the LawFlip Head Start Initiative (a contest aimed at helping a black attorney launch a new law firm) - joins Benjy Smith and Louis Benowitz for an exceptionally compelling and wide-ranging conversation.

Aston will be launching the Law Office of Aston Wallace, which will be a Los Angeles-based workers' compensation firm that fights on behalf of workers who suff...

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August 3, 2020 33 min

On this week's episode of LawFlip,  Ayesha Sehra joins host Benjy Smith for a scintillating conversation. Ayesha is the Founder and CEO of Grow the Social, a Los Angeles-based branding and public relations agency that provides services for major and celebrity brands, and influencers. She's also a fitness fanatic and an inspiration to us all! Ayesha and Benjy discuss Ayesha's decision to move from Toronto to Los Angeles,...

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On this week’s episode of LawFlip, Barrett Prendergast joins host Benjy Smith for an inspiring and stimulating conversation. Barrett, a trailblazing female entrepreneur, founded Valleybrink Road, a luxury gifting and floral design studio with a nationwide following and customer base. 

Barrett’s life journey has been truly fascinating. While she has attended elite schools and spent most of her life surrounded by privilege, she opens ...

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July 20, 2020 46 min

We Snagged the First Recorded Interview with the Founder of Goodies—Don’t Miss This One! Goodies founder Rhea Carlisle explains why she decided to show her face for the first time, and her journey from feeling empty about designing homes for 1%ers to creating a fan-obsessed company featuring home goods for under $25. Find out how she inspires people to wait in 7-hour lines during a pandemic!


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July 13, 2020 39 min

How does one of music’s most successful executives create hit after hit? 
Today’s guest, Ben Maddahi, answers that question. 
The Wiz Khalifa/Charlie Puth worldwide smash hit “See You Again” with over 4 BILLION views that was performed for Kobe Bryant’s memorial? He made that song happen!
More of his hits include "Blame Game" by Kanye West featuring John Legend, “Stay” by Zedd and Alessia Cara, “Wild Ones” by Flo Rida, and  Ti...

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July 6, 2020 47 min

If you were qualified for virtually any job of your choosing, would you choose public service?

If you had a bachelor degree from Harvard, a master degree from Cambridge, and a law degree from Berkeley, would you forego personal wealth and focus on trying to solve society’s problems instead? 

Should making as much money as possible be the primary driving force behind your professional career decisions?

While it’s cool that President Ob...

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June 29, 2020 34 min

Right now is arguably the darkest moment in modern American history. Our national morale sinks to new lows on an almost-daily basis amidst an ever-worsening pandemic, troubling levels of police brutality, and increasing civil unrest. However, even amidst these dark times, we are also experiencing tremendous positive changes - like diverse communities coming together and supporting marginalized voices. 

So how can we move forward and...

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June 22, 2020 35 min

Who doesn’t love a rags to riches story?!?
 
Bob Simon (@planetfunbob), the founder of The Simon Law Group, is arguably one of the best trial attorneys on the planet.  Bob is also the founder of Justice HQ, a new venture that seeks to redefine the legal landscape by helping consumer-side attorney members build a community and pool resources. 

Bob grew up in a working class family in Pittsburgh, PA as (arguably) the oldest of five ...

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June 15, 2020 49 min

Attorneys are magnets for mental health issues. Compared to the general population, attorneys are especially vulnerable to substance abuse, anxiety, and depression. 

Many attorneys find practicing law soul-crushing because it involves myriad challenges.  

Attorneys frequently have difficulty finding a manageable work-life balance. Legal work is highly stressful in numerous ways:  it’s unpredictable, adversarial, time-consuming, techn...

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This week’s episode touches on these and other questions, consistent with LawFlip’s goal of discussing all things law, life, politics, and more! Please check out this week’s episode of @lawflip and subscribe to all our channels. Sign up for our newsletter here. https://go.smithbenowitz.com/lawflip-podcast

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