About Michelle



Lawyer on the weekdays                           Runner on the weekends


I’ve been a corporate technology lawyer since late 2006 and a runner since 1996.

As a technology lawyer my role is to provide the legal foundation for business operations.  That ranges from writing contracts that establish business partnerships, to export and FCC compliance allowing us to legally export and do what we do, to trademark portfolio management to protect our name and branding.  I am licensed to practice in New York, Connecticut (revocably retired), and Alabama. You can learn more about what I do by going here btn_viewmy_160x33.

I was a casual runner for years. Around 3 miles a day, never much farther than that until 2013. In 2013 a friend ran a half marathon and after hearing how much fun she had I decided I wanted to try one too. I ran my first half marathon with that friend in October 2013.  My big run goal after that was to run a full marathon in October 2014 and blog about the journey along the way. *Mission Accomplished! For the story on my first marathon go here* 

I continued to run and blog  about running after the marathon. My 2016 run goal is the 12.13.16 challenge- I’m running 12 half marathon distances in 2016.  So far I am on track- though I have had a few ups and downs.  To see all the race day recaps go to the Races tab.

This blog was originally  created partially because I wanted to share some of what I’ve learned in my job to help educate other technology companies.  I couldn’t find an online source of information that pulled together a comprehensive list of issues that technology lawyers encounter.  I write about these topics generally, but to be clear this publication is NOT individual advice and I do not undertake to give individual advice. Please read the Disclaimer linked below.

I also wanted to write about running with a focus on how to prepare for a half marathon and (hopefully!) a full marathon.  This isn’t a couch potato to 5K sort of blog, it’s about finding the time to put one foot in front of the other for 13.1  26.2 miles even if you hold down a full time job and what I’ve found is involved along the way.

And so, the idea for this blog was born.  Corporate lawyering and training for half marathons and full marathons have some things in common: in the end both are about preparing for the long run.  Working through a contract involves laying the groundwork for years of future transactions under that document. You can’t wake up one morning and decide to run a half that day without having trained properly in advance, you’ll either run out of gas and stop or worse yet end up injured.  Nor can you enter into a contract without first having thoroughly thought through and laid out the rules on what each party expects of the other.  Fail to do that and you’re practically guaranteed a misunderstanding between the parties down the road.

The name of this blog, The Long Distance Lawyer, came almost entirely out of that theme.  Whether you’re writing a contract or preparing for a race you’re getting ready for a long journey, either in years or miles.  I also really am a long distance lawyer, in that the company I work for is based in Alabama but I live in New York.  Over time this blog’s focus has changed to primarily focus on running and family events, but I still occasionally write about legal topics. Sometimes I write about my cats too.

I welcome questions and comments on anything I write, though before posting a question on a legal topic be sure to read the Disclaimer.  You can contact me by emailing to michelle@km6g.us . I am also on Twitter at @md_fleming .


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