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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Pioneering Domain Attorney and Shoe Seller Launches Well-Heeled New Website

‎@ClocktowerLaw has a new website, @ErikJHeels has a new blog, and both are OK.

With the name Heels, Erik Heels was destined to be either a podiatrist or a shoe salesman. He launched, now one of the most successful shoe sites in cyberspace.

He also founded Clocktower Law, and  was one of the first lawyers on the Internet.  He’s been on the Internet since 1984, writing about the Internet since 1992, registered his first domain name in 1993, and launched his law firm’s website in 1997.
Erik has been on the Internet since 1984 and has extensive experience working in high-tech companies such as Bolt Beranek and Newman (BBN), Cayman Systems, and Verio. He is a trademark and patent lawyer, Boston Red Sox fan, MIT engineer, and musician.  He blogs about technology, law, baseball, and rock ‘n’ roll at
In 1992, Erik wrote “The Legal List,” the first book published simultaneously on the Internet and in print.  Erik’s 15 minutes of fame started after reviews of that book appeared in Internet World, Wired, and The New York Times.
After law school, Erik worked for six years for six Internet companies, including a four-year stint with Verio, which was sold for $6 billion cash in the largest cash deal for an Internet-related company in history.  In 2001, he launched Clocktower Law Group, a trademark and patent law firm in the Boston area.
From 2007-2008, he co-founded, launched, and sold the shoe store (a high end boutique for women’s shoes) with the domain name originally used for his law firm.
Erik is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Adjunct Professor at the University of Maine School of Law (teaching patent law), and a frequent speaker about issues related to law and technology.  He earned his BS in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and his JD from the University of Maine School of Law (Maine Law).
In his spare time, Erik enjoys hacking with computers, writing, baseball, and seeking the perfect Hammond B-3 sound on his keyboard.  On Erik’s desk are pictures of his three children: Sam, Ben, and Sonja.  His life adventures include living in Finland, swimming in the Arctic Ocean, pulling 6 Gs and soloing a jet in the Air Force, and traveling to 10 countries and to the 48 contiguous United States.
I had the pleasure to spend time with Erik in the Clocktower building a couple of years ago and he blew me away with his knowledge and stories of others now well-known who started their careers at the same time and places. He is an all-around nice guy.
Check out the new site and be sure to tell him what you think.

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