As the Principal Attorney at the Law Offices of Sanat Ranganathan, Sanat has worked tirelessly for years to develop a vast portfolio and experience in numerous areas of law. He is a well-traveled yet down to earth man and a loving husband that also likes to have fun. Sanat grew up in Asia and also spent time in both England and Holland. He attended three prestigious law schools. Warwick University School of Law in the United Kingdom, one of the leading law schools in the world, Leiden University Europa Institute in the Netherlands, one of the oldest academic institutes of the European Union specializing in the law, and finally Duke University School of Law here in the United States, one of the top 15 law schools. Obtaining a law degree from all three of these Universities is certainly a huge accomplishment that could not have been done if not for Sanat’s unparalleled drive to succeed. When it comes to his work, Sanat has unparalleled focus. He has worked for several international companies, representing them on issues like Commercial law, Technology, Software Licensing, Intellectual Property, Regulatory Compliance, Commercial Real Estate, International Law, Federal law, Contracts Drafting, Contracts Negotiations, Dispute Resolution and Litigation. Sanat has also advocated to implement new regulations concerning Federal Laws such as Civil Rights and sexual harassment. He is also incredibly skilled in navigating cases that involve intellectual property, commercial contracts, corporate law, regulatory compliance, and Sunshine Law/open records requests. He has also handled labor and employment matters. There are endless areas of the law that Sanat has taken the time to study and master in order to fight for justice whenever the need arises and as the Principal Attorney at the Law Offices of Sanat Ranganathan, he can do just that.
Where did the idea for Law Offices of Sanat Ranganathan come from?
I have worked as a lawyer for a very long time, so I was ready to branch out with my own law offices where I can provide an even greater experience by giving every client the personal attention they deserve.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
I typically have time in the morning with my wife. We will have our breakfast together and go over our schedules for the day. I like to keep a full itinerary so I will head to the office where I handle any calls or meetings I have scheduled.
How do you bring ideas to life?
It’s a process. First you ruminate over an idea, then you write it out, design and plan how to test it. After you have tested it, you make any needed changes and test again until it’s perfect.
What’s one trend that excites you?
I appreciate the trend of minimalism. I think when there is a clear space there is more room for thought.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
I love to study and read. You’ll find that the most productive and successful people are often avid readers.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Learn to be more assertive. Just having an abundance of knowledge doesn’t always put you at the front, you need to find your voice and speak up as well.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
Being very smart does not automatically make you a wise person. Wisdom is the ability to carry out your knowledge, experience, and good judgement in unison, so if you are lacking any of those, you may be smart, but you are not wise.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Proofread. It doesn’t take that long to go over your materials before sending them out, but I will see news articles or other important sources with typo. It can really sully a good reputation, so it is worth the effort.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
Developing strong client relationships while you are working with a client will help you grow your future business because it will not only produce a repeat customer, it will usually also result in referrals as well.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
I have had some small failures here and there throughout my career but I have overcome them by figuring out what I could do better or what I could learn more about. That way you turn it into an opportunity for personal growth rather than a “failure”.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
You could have an entire business dedicated to privacy protection. Everyone is so exposed these days and large corporations don’t always do enough to protect user data. An intermediary that provided protection could really capitalize on that.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
We keep up with our charitable donations for causes we care about, even during this pandemic. By helping the needy and those without voices, we hope to have a small measure of change in this world. We also order takeout from our favorite restaurants, without fail every week.; a small measure of our care and concern for struggling businesses.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
LEXIS NEXIS is a valuable research tool for lawyers . I use it for research on cases and points of law, or to look into new areas of the law. It helps me with productivity because I can use one source instead of wasting time searching through multiple sources for the information.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. This book is full of principles which any reader can take away and pair with their own values to find what entrepreneurial steps will work for them.
What is your favorite quote?
John A. Shedd: “A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”
• Develop a love to read, a lot of successful people are avid readers.
• Learn the value of being not just smart, but wise.
• Taking the time to proofread will help you avoid sullying a good reputation with a small thing like typos.
• Strong client relationships will build strong, long-lasting businesses.
Steve (Stefan) Junge hails from Germany and helps with the day-to-day publishing of interviews on IdeaMensch. While he and Mario don’t share a favorite soccer club, their enthusiasm to help entrepreneurs is a shared passion.