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The Wendel Forum

When:  Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m.

Where: 960 KNEW AM radio (previously Green 960 AM).  If you are out of signal range, listen live on iHeartRadio.com)

Online: Engage in conversation with us at The Wendel Forum blog


About The Wendel Forum

The Wendel Forum is a weekly radio show where Wendel Rosen attorneys discuss the green economy -- what's happening and what's interesting. We look at the legal side of issues concerning clean tech, renewable energy, natural foods, social investing and green building. Episodes will include commentary from our attorneys, as well as interviews and discussions with green industry leaders.


Let us know what topics interest you!

We hope you will enjoy the show and invite you to engage with us on topics that interest you.  You can meet us online at The Wendel Forum blog or via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. As The Leaders in Green Business LawTM, we think this is just one more opportunity to support the smart sustainable growth of our green economies.


About our Hosts:

Richard Lyons, a partner at the Oakland, California law firm Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP, primarily focuses his practice on business and intellectual property law with an emphasis on representing companies in the green economy.  He’s worked with green businesses for more than two decades and he has been a leader in the field.  Dick was a key player in putting together the nation’s first utility-scale, institutionally funded wind power project.  In the mid-80’s, he co-founded a clean-tech company to manufacture thin film solar cells.  He was also lead counsel on the merger that created the first, and largest, national natural foods distributor.  As a co-founder of Wendel Rosen’s Green Business Practice Group, he helped Wendel Rosen to become the first third-party certified green law firm in the country.  Dick is a frequent speaker at conferences including West Coast Green and Natural Products Expo West. 

Beyond his legal talents, Dick is also a natural for radio - he is an accomplished jazz guitarist, performing with his band, the Wakefield Jazz Quartet, who created the theme music for “The Wendel Forum.”


Bill Acevedo Bill Acevedo is a partner in the firm's Litigation practice.  He also leads the firm's Green Business Practice Group.  For green industry clients, he advises on various business issues and participates in organizations committed to promoting the development of sustainable business practices. Bill's green business clients tend to be media-based companies that focus on sustainability issues. They typically require legal services pertaining to entity formation, general business advice, contract negotiation/drafting, trademark and licensing issues, and employment counseling. Bill has been quoted on green business and sustainability matters in various periodicals, including the San Francisco Business Times, the East Bay Business Times and GreenBiz.com.


About the Firm:

Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP
Shared values, deep knowledge and strong leadership.

Since 2003, Wendel Rosen has been a leader in the legal industry in becoming the first law firm in the nation to achieve third-party certification as a green business, and encouraging other firms nationwide to do the same.  Wendel Rosen's early commitment to sustainable business practices has earned the trust of many of today's top green business leaders.  Wendel Rosen's Green Business Practice Group particularly understands the special needs facing sustainable businesses, such as contracting for green building and design, greening the supply chain, greenwashing and advertising claims, green leasing, climate change law, and land use.

With clients in organics and natural products, green building, solar and renewable energy, clean tech and more, firm attorneys have deep understanding of both the legal issues and the industry issues facing green businesses.  The firm works with businesses, ranging from small start ups to large public companies, on issues including business and corporate transactions, licensing, employment, litigation, intellectual property, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, estate planning and more. 

Walking the talk, the firm maintains its green certification through the Bay Area Green Business Program, is a certified B Corporation, and an active participant in and sponsor of the Green Chamber of Commerce. The Green Business Practice Group is a member of 1% For the Planet, giving 1% of practice revenues to environmental organizations each year.  Wendel Rosen – leading the conversation at the intersection of green business and the law.  We invite you to follow show news and updates at www.TheWendelForum.com.