Hard Knocks is a satire, based upon true events that just happen to take place in the legal industry, but it is hardly a law book. Rather, it is a Life book, detailing professional wallopings and rounding off with a dose of Aesop. Witty, surprising, at times angering, but always hilarious. You’ll learn. You’ll laugh, but most of all, you’ll enjoy graduating with Merv from the School of Hard Knocks.
When the Joke is on The Lawyer
If you enjoy programs like The Office, Fairly Legal, The Practice, Boston Legal, LA Law and Ally McBeal, or adore getting lost in a John Grisham novel, this is your book. Designed to be a short, fast funny read, each story can be read on a coffee break and have you laughing all the way back to your desk. Hard Knocks is for people who love to laugh and through that laughter, learn. It’s also a book for anyone who has found him or herself caught up in a legal dispute whether divorce, real estate or business and sorely needs comic relief.
It's also a book for teens and college students preparing to enter the working world and unaware of the professional challenges ahead, whether in business, personal life or of course, the legal profession. Hard Knocks is a compilation of short, amusing, humbling, and character-building experiences. The kind that come out of nowhere and teach us that no matter how smart we think we are, no matter our profession or prestige, as students of life we’ve still got a lot to learn!
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About the Author
In 1963, while still in law school, he authored an article in Taxes Magazine on real estate taxation, and in 1964 opened a law practice in Pacific Palisades California.
During 25 years of law practice he represented investment advisors and investors in a number of matters, and worked extensively for Charles Schwab and Merrill Lynch.
He acts as an arbitrator in options related matters for the NASD and the New York Stock Exchange, and lectures on option trading.
The first edition of his book "How to Make Money with Stock Options--a Guide for the Conservative Investor" was published in 1974, and is now in its third edition.
During the period of 1975 to 1992, Mr. Hecht was an active director of two companies providing computer education.
One of the companies was among the first to offer computer training on the computer, and while Mr. Hecht was active in management the other became, and remains, one of the largest technology education companies in the world.
In 1990 he retired from the practice of law and combined his love of business with his love of wine to start Fourcade & Hecht Wine Selections - which he solely & successfully owned and managed until 2005. He remains active in the company as an advisor to this day.
In addition to authoring several books on a variety of subjects, Merv posts to a regular blog on financial news and investing: Double Your Yield at <doubleyouryield.com>
He currently resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Dr. Bonnie Hecht a retired research psychologist. And Merv plays golf regularly at nearby Riviera Golf Club.