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The 15 Best Business Law Books of All-Time
1. Business Law
Business Law by Robert W. Emerson J.D.
“Most Civil Law nations follow the inquisitorial approach for their trials. This means there is an inquiry into the facts, directed from above, by the judge or magistrate.”“All government, both state and federal, operates through agencies which are generally legislatively created. These agencies are given carefully drawn duties and responsibilities among which are the duties to promulgate rules and regulations, a quasi-legislative function.”“The vast majority of disputes are settled out of court. Most do not even reach the point where a suit is actually filed. If a complaint is filed, settlement usually occurs before trial.”“In the United States, as in England, decisions handed down by federal and state courts, that is, case law, constitute a primary source of the common law.”
2. Business Law Today
Cengage Advantage Books: Business Law Today, The Essentials: Text and Summarized Cases by Roger LeRoy Miller
“Although the law has various definitions, all of them are based on the general observation that law consists of enforceable rules governing relationships among individuals and between individuals and their society.”“Today, in most states, the courts of law and equity have merged, and thus the distinction between the two courts has largely disappeared.”“Laws that govern business in the United States have their origin in the lawmaking authority granted by the U.S. Constitution, which is the supreme law in this country.”“Political speech by corporations also falls within the protection of the First Amendment.”
3. Business Law: Text and Cases
Business Law: Text and Cases by Kenneth W. Clarkson, Roger LeRoy Miller, Frank B. Cross
“The study of business law and the legal environment of business has universal applicability.”“Laws and government regulations affect almost all business activities-from hiring and firing decisions to workplace safety, the manufacturing and marketing of products, business financing, and more.”“Because of our colonial heritage, much of American law is based on the English legal system.”“Positive law, or national law, is the written law of a given society at a particular time.”“The historical school of legal thought emphasizes the evolutionary process of law by concentrating on the origin and history of the legal system.”
4. International Business Law and Its Environment
International Business Law and Its Environment by Richard Schaffer, Filiberto Agusti, Lucien J. Dhooge
“It has been said that America’s interest in international education has peaked and ebbed with the changing tide of the American political climate, rising in times of economic expansion and ebbing during periods of political isolation or economic protectionism.”“In the last half-century, America faced an increasingly competitive global marketplace and a mounting trade deficit.”“We begin with the premise that the world of international business is a dangerous place and that the management of the international business is the management of risk.”“Today most people agree that no business is purely domestic and that global competition and world events affect even the smallest local firms.”
5. Business Law
Business Law by Henry Cheeseman
“In the words of Judge Learned Hand, “Without law, we cannot live; only with it can we ensure the future which by right is ours. The best of men’s hopes are enmeshed in its success.”“The law consists of rules that regulate the conduct of individuals, businesses, and other organizations in society.”“The U.S. legal system is one of the most comprehensive, fair, and democratic systems of law ever developed and enforced.”
6. Business Law Basics
Business Law Basics: A Legal Handbook for Online Entrepreneurs and Startup Businesses by James Hart
“He who represents himself has a fool for a client.” – Abraham Lincoln”
7. Cengage Advantage Books: Law for Business
Cengage Advantage Books: Law for Business by John D. Ashcroft, Katherine Ashcroft, Martha Patterson
“The court system involves much more than just the various types of courts and the judges who preside over them.”“Religious teachings, social mores, habits, and peer pressure all contribute to social control of conduct by various people, but only the rules of law apply with equal force to every member of society.”“Intentionally causing confusion about another’s product can be a tort. This can be done by making false statements about another’s product or by representing goods or services as being the goods or services of someone else.”“Trademarket or trade name infringement is unauthorized use or confusingly similar imitation of another’s mark or name. A trademark owner may get a court to halt anyone’s commercial use of the mark.”
8. Business Law
Business Law by Jane Mallor, A. James Barnes, Arlen Langvardt, Jamie Darin Prenkert, Martin A. McCrory
“Business law courses examine many substantive legal rules that tell us how to behave in business and in society.”“The class action, allows one or more persons to sue on behalf of themselves and all others who have suffered similar harm from substantially the same wrong.”“Lawsuits are not the only devices for resolving civil disputes. Nor are they always the best means of doing so.”“Sometimes settlement of civil litigation is impeded because the litigants have vastly different perceptions about the merits of their cases.”“The U.S. Constitution exhibits the principle of separation of powers by giving distinct powers to Congress, the president, and the federal courts.”
9. Law and Ethics in the Business Environment
Law and Ethics in the Business Environment by Terry Halbert, Elaine Ingulli
“According to Locke and other natural rights theorists, individuals enter into society to preserve their lives, liberties, and properties.”“While the Anglo-American tradition emphasizing individual freedom of choice is a major reason our legal system demands no duty to rescue, law professor Steven Heyman argues that recognition of a duty to rescue is in line with that very tradition.”“Law is not a static phenomenon, yet in certain ways, it appears bounded and clear cut.”“Through much of Western history, the most influential ethical reference point has been religious; the rules to be followed were God-authored and were “written on men’s hearts.”
10. The Three Pillar Model for Business Decisions
The Three Pillar Model for Business Decisions: Strategy, Law, and Ethics by George J. Siedel
11. The Inside Counsel Revolution
The Inside Counsel Revolution: Resolving the Partner-Guardian Tension by Ben W. Heineman, Jr.
12. The Entrepreneur's Guide to Law and Strategy
The Entrepreneur's Guide to Law and Strategy by Constance E. Bagley, Craig E. Dauchy
“In a time of multiple “unicorns,” private companies with valuations in excess of $1 billion, including Airbnb, Snap, and Uber, entrepreneurship offers opportunities to build something enduring, to create good jobs, and to fill unmet financial, social, and material needs.”“This area of law is exciting and challenging. Law not only constrains, but it also enables successful enterprise development.”“Individuals start businesses for a number of reasons: to be their own boss, to pursue a passion, to help those who are less advantaged, to achieve financial rewards, to establish a new livelihood after corporate downsizing, to fill an unmet need with an innovative product or service, or to create something enduring.”“Before starting a business, the would-be entrepreneur should consider the sacrifices-professional, financial, and personal-that will be required.”
13. Corporate Law
Corporate Law by Stephen Bainbridge
“A leading legal dictionary defines the corporation as “an artificial person or legal entity created by or under the authority of the laws of a state or nation…”“Although the corporation’s legal personality obviously is fiction, it is a very useful one.”“Corporate securities, like all commodities, are traded in markets.”“More than half of the corporations listed for trading on the New York Stock Exchange and nearly 60% of the Fortune 500 corporations are incorporated in Delaware.”“The issuance and trading of stocks and other corporate securities were largely unregulated until the passage of the first state “blue sky law” by Kansas in 1911.”
14. Best Practices in Law Firm Business Development and Marketing
Best Practices in Law Firm Business Development and Marketing by Deborah Brightman Farone
- the most successful ways to create long-term relationships with clients
- how personalities, leadership, and collaboration contribute to a firm's culture and brand
- what characteristics management should look for when hiring a CMO
- how compensation, firm culture, training, and coaching can support and incentivize business development
- steps to take to build an individual reputation and brand, including the use of the press, speaking engagements, and social media
- the essential approach to support women lawyers with business development ― including ideas on networking, mentorship versus sponsorship, and authenticity in marketing
- how new technologies are being applied to deliver better service, attract clients, and generate business
- the important role of legal operations, the procurement professional, and legal process outsourcing
- practical methods for evaluating AI solutions to business needs such as billing, e-discovery, and technology-assisted review
“Profound developments in the legal profession in the late 1970s paved the way for the emergence of the legal marketing industry.”“Since the early days of legal marketing and legal media, we’ve seen the profession explode, with the success of numerous publications covering the law, the proliferation of rankings, and the battle among firms to differentiate themselves by building better websites, creating pitch materials, and utilizing business, competitive and even artificial intelligence.”
15. International Business Law and the Legal Environment
International Business Law and the Legal Environment: A Transactional Approach by Larry A. DiMatteo
- New material on comparative contract and sales law & European private law; joint ventures and collaborative alliances.
- A new part on foreign direct investment that includes a chapter on emerging markets.
- New chapters on privacy law, and environmental concerns.
- Greater coverage of the World Trade Organization.
- "Case highlights" and court opinions that feature edited court transcripts that expose students to actual legal reasoning and an understanding of the underlying legal principles. These decisions are drawn from a broad range of countries, offering a truly international look at the subject.
“Businesspersons can avoid misunderstandings by following standard practices, custom, and trade usage to minimize the risks of legal disputes.”“No company is too small to go global. In fact, nearly 30 percent of all U.S. exporters in 2005 had fewer than 19 employees, and many had fewer than five.”“Trade finance and global banking have evolved to the point where buying and selling things internationally is routine, safe, and efficient. Reliable payment collection methods are numerous and include letters of credit through banks, credit cards, and online payments.”“Different international markets have different levels of risks. Risks are identifiable, and there are numerous low-cost ways of minimizing such risks.”“To be successful, international entrepreneurs and exporters must assess foreign markets through market research."
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