Eric Lentell ('06)

Careers In House Profiles Dec '12

Corporate Counsel, VeriFone, Inc.

Originally drawn to law school to augment an undergraduate business degree in order to work in venture capital, Eric is now Corporate Counsel at VeriFone Inc., where he is responsible for negotiation of international agreements in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. "My goals haven't necessarily changed, but I realized that I have an amazing opportunity to work on transactions from a legal perspective before eventually going into venture capital."

Q. Tell us about your current work. I really enjoy the ability to work on transactions in emerging markets. It is very interesting to see how different cultures approach negotiating transactions.

Q. What about Colorado Law helped prepare you for the position? Sweat the details. The difference between an OK lawyer and a very good lawyer is the details. The relationships I developed in law school have been invaluable.

Q. Tell us about your professional networking experiences? I would encourage students to seek career advice from whoever is willing to give it.

Q. If you could go back and do something different in law school, what would it be? I would take as many accounting classes in the business school as the law school allows.

Q. What final piece of advice do you have for current and prospective law students? The only way to be a good attorney is through experience. The best way to get experience is to work hard. If you don't want to work hard, don't be an attorney.