The Switch From Grilling Witnesses To Tossing Pizzas Made Them Millions

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At some point everyone dreams of leaving their job for one that will result in fame and fortune, or at least fortune.

Lawyers sifting through papers at 2 a.m. probably dream this more than most.

Larry Flax and Rick Rosenfeld made that dream come true.

Following a “gruelling” 1985 trial that ended in a hung jury, the defence attorneys threw in the towel and opened the old-school oven, founding California Pizza Kitchen.

The Wall Street Journal has a quick Q&A with two about the ups and downs.

At first they faced the “lawyers make terrible businessmen” conundrum when banks were hesitant to loan them start-up money. ┬áSo they asked friends to become shareholders, and those friends’ investments paid off mightily.

Do the two ever miss the thrill of the courtroom? ┬áTheir answers were a short and decisive “Not at all” and “Never.”

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