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Jay Bhattacharya traveled an interesting road before arriving at his dot-com destination. Raised in Bombay, India, when he was 17 he moved to West Texas to study computer science at Angelo State University in San Angelo. He soon switched to courses in political science and later went on to graduate from Cornell Law School in 1996.In law school, Bhattacharya knew he wanted to practice corporate law. Bhattacharya landed in a summer program with Houston-based Baker Botts and later was hired to work while he finished school. “I was pretty happy at Baker Botts,” Bhattacharya says. He had some technology clients with the firm and decided that was where he wanted to focus his practice. He says he wasn’t looking for a new job, but it was looking for him. He learned about an opening at Austin’s pcOrder.com, an Internet technology firm that had already gone public. He made the move to the company early this year and now, as the associate general counsel, is handling securities law, IP law, commercial licensing, and general labor law. “I am, in a sense, immersed in technology, but I also get the breadth of issues running a public company,” Bhattacharya says. He wouldn’t discuss the details of his pay, but he says he didn’t make the move purely for cash. He says options and equity were not major issues for him and that the move gave him the chance to pick up skills while being close to “ground zero” of a young company. Morningstar — an investment tracking and rating service — reports that pcOrder.com is far from profitable but has strong growth and good financial health as it serves many large companies doing business on the Internet. Bhattacharya says he was nervous when he told managers at Baker Botts that he was leaving but says they were surprisingly supportive. He figures the reaction at Baker Botts would have been different if he were going to another firm. And, as often happens when an associate leaves to work for a business or client, the former firm picks up work in the process. When legal work gets farmed out at pcOrder.com, some of it goes to Baker Botts. “It’s natural because that’s who I know,” Bhattacharya says.

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