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. So they asked friends to become shareholders, and those friends’ investments paid off mightily.
Do the two ever miss the thrill of the courtroom? Their answers were a short and decisive “Not at all” and “Never.”
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