About Erik

Techie, Lawyer, Baseball Fan, Musician.

Erik J. Heels is a patent and trademark lawyer, Boston Red Sox fan, MIT engineer, and musician. He blogs about technology, law, baseball, and rock ‘n’ roll at ErikJHeels.com.

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.

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 patent and trademark law firm in the Boston area.

From 2007-2008, he co-founded, launched, and sold the Heels.com 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, served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maine School of Law (2011-2014, teaching patent law), and a is 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.

Erik’s Twitter Background Image

On Twitter, Erik is @ErikJHeels. Erik’s Twitter background image was designed by @hughbriss of Twitter Image based on a photo by Eric Kilby taken at Fenway park on 07/02/07. The background text says:

I’m a patent and trademark lawyer, Boston Red Sox fan, MIT engineer, and musician. I blog about technology, law, baseball, and rock ‘n’ roll at ErikJHeels.com.

Erik’s Twitter Bio

Patent and trademark lawyer for Boston startups, Red Sox fan, MIT engineer, musician. Flew in AF (hot), cofounded MCatsBand (cool), swam in Arctic Ocean (cold).

Erik’s Life In Links

Boston, Maine, MIT, Rautaruukki (in Finland), BBN, Air Force, Cayman Systems, “The Legal List” (and my 15 minutes in Wired and The New York Times), Maine Law, FPLC IPSI, LCP, Heels.com, ALM, “nothing.but.net,” Inherent.Com, RedStreet, Colorado, Verio, Acton, Clocktower Law Group, The MCats Band (rockin’ on for our kids).

Erik’s Google Resume

Erik’s Real Resume (CV)

Erik’s PR

“What gives lawyers like Heels the courage to risk, while others merely daydream out the window, wishing mightily that they were doing something else?”
ABA Journal

“[Erik J. Heels’s book The Legal List is] a brilliant resource for the electronically inclined.”
Wired magazine

“[M]any on the Net consider [Erik J. Heels’s book The Legal List] the most authoritative guide of its kind.”
The New York Times

Erik’s Social Networks

  1. My Email Address
    I’ve been on the Internet since 08/1984. My email addresses are not particularly difficult to find. My lifetime email address is heels@alum.mit.edu.
  2. My Blog
    I’ve been blogging since 02/2003. My blog is my personal space on the Net. My personal branding machine. My – OK, you get the point.
  3. LinkedIn
    I’ve been on Twitter since 10/2003. I use LinkedIn for business networking (my resume and the like).
  4. Facebook
    I’ve been on Facebook since 04/2006. I use Facebook for friends and family networking.
  5. Twitter
    I’ve been on Twitter since 10/2008. Twitter is a microblogging service. Posts, called Tweets, are limited to 140 characters. Twitter is like a gigantic email list with instant feedback. Only better. It’s also highly addictive. Try TweetDeck to manage your Tweets. You can subscribe to my Twitter feed or you can follow me directly on Twitter by getting your own account.
  6. Google+
    I’ve been on Google+ since 07/2001. You can also find much of this same info on my Google Profile.

See also my Copyright Notice And Common Sense Terms And Conditions for requisite legalese and awesome photo credits.