The How to Contract Story
or How Laura Frederick Fulfilled Her Career-long Dream to Offer Real-World Contract Training
Meet Laura Frederick, Founder and President of How to Contract.
Laura loves everything about contracts. And she loves helping others learn about contracts so they discover the same kind of joy.
Laura spent the last 26 years practicing law across the globe from San Francisco to Singapore. Learning the ropes at international firms such Morrison & Foerster turned into leading commercial deals at Fortune 500s like Tesla. In each role, she focused on learning the ins and outs herself and helping her clients and coworkers understand contract nuances.
After working for others her whole career, in 2019 she went to work for herself. Now she is Managing Attorney at Laura Frederick Law, PLLC, a boutique law firm based in Austin, Texas that helps companies that need practical and affordable advice on commercial contracts. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her four sons and her Zen superdog Benny.
In August 2020, Laura began sharing daily contracting tips as part of a 30-day challenge of posting on LinkedIn — to immediate success. She has been coupling her posts with self-made funny cartoons that have quickly become her trademark.
Following the success, in late 2020, Laura published an Amazon bestseller on contracts — “Practical Tips on How to Contract: Techniques and Tactics from an Ex-BigLaw and Ex-Tesla Commercial Contracts” — that has sold over 3,000 copies. Since then, the book has been embraced by several law schools and law school professors.
In early 2021, Laura launched How to Contract, a practical contract training platform. Over 300 members globally joined. During the last year, Laura has helped these lawyers and professionals master contract drafting and negotiations skills.
In January 2022, Laura held a first-of-its-kind international online event — How to Contract Conference — that featured 14 contract experts and attracted almost 400 attendees.
Check out some of Laura's media appearances:
"Ex-Tesla attorney leveraged her contract expertise into a book and thriving LinkedIn community," American Bar Association, April 6, 2022
"Conversation with Laura Frederick, Founder and President of How to Contract," EdUp Legal, March 8, 2022
"How to Contract with Laura Frederick," Legal Toolkit, Legal Talk Network March 1, 2022
"Former Tesla Lawyer Laura Frederick on How to Teach Contracting Skills for the Real World," The LawNext podcast, February 23, 2022
"My Legal Life: Laura Frederick, Founder of How to Contract," The Law Society Gazette, February 1, 2022
"Moving from Fear to Freedom with Laura Frederick," The Law Entrepreneur podcast, December 13, 2021
"Writing as a Side Hustle: Three Lawyers Who Publishing Secondary Income," by Tatia Gordon-Tray, Attorney at Work, September 29, 2021
- "How to Contract with Laura Frederick," Fit to Practice with Angela Han, podcast appearance, September 21, 2021
- “Contract drafting is more than just following the rules,” Interview with Laura Frederick, Loio, May 21, 2021
Laura recently launched her latest effort to bring more practical training to lawyers and professionals around the world - How to Contract 2.0 - which offers two ways to learn:
Practical Contract Training Library
Think of our membership as a college library. You can browse all the different resources and ask the librarian questions. There is no structure to your search, and you decide how long to stay.More Info
Practical Training by Laura and Others as Stand-Alone Events
Think of our events as seeing a speaker at a campus event. The speakers were usually specialists and experts brought to campus to talk on topics outside your courses.More Info
Want to Know the True Secret Behind How to Contract's Success? Benny, the world's first canine Zen Master.
While Laura is the public face to How to Contract, Benny is the heart of the outfit. He sits all day in his office dog bed, inspiring Laura and keeping her balanced. Even squirrels sitting a few inches from his nose cannot disrupt his calm oneness with the universe.
Some Images of Laura's Book in the Wild
Keep sending your pictures along. I love seeing the ones with props! I'll keep updating my gallery.