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Seven koans on “legal risk”

Koans are verbal paradoxes contemplated by Buddhists on the path to enlightenment. My homemade koans have more modest goals: to convey some thoughts about the risks grappled with by legal departments. In a few days I will post my explanation of each koan.

  1. Risk flirts with dollars but marries reputation.

  2. Up the line can mean end of the line.

  3. After too many ‘No’s,” the wise client “Knows.”

  4. No lawyer minimizes the immeasurable.

  5. Legal risk is in the wallet of the beholder.

  6. Risk, the law’s chameleon.

  7. Learn from the rainbow about legal risk.

If these koans are enlightening, listen for one hand clapping.