B.A., Stanford University in International Relations (specializing in Southeast Asia), J.D., Northwestern University. Bob Friese specializes in the structuring and funding of new ventures, and in dealing with business-related disputes, including taking them into formal legal proceedings. His firm, Shartsis Friese LLP, founded in 1975, deals broadly in business matters. Bob is Board Chair of the charity, San Francisco Beautiful and Board Vice-Chair of the Worldwatch Institute in Washington, DC. He has founded or co-founded several companies other than his law firm, including a language institute in Geneva, Switzerland and the International Plant Research Institute.