Client Approach

Like all good lawyers, we continue to learn and we are not afraid to borrow good ideas. Our approach to the practice of law is constantly evolving, but certain principles are central to our representation of clients:

  1. No Markups: We are a law firm, not a copy shop, and we do not think our clients should have to pay $1.00 when we fax a page to them. We do not bill for routine expenses such as phone calls, faxes, copies and legal database research. When unusual expenses arise, we will pass them through, but if we can minimize costs by outsourcing, we will.
  2. Efficiency: We staff lean. We know that many law firms make this claim, but we can back it up. We have many long-standing corporate clients who have come to rely on us to produce results on budget. How we do it is no secret. We have a great deal of experience, a vast archive of pleadings and briefs, we get the most out of our technology and we work hard and fast.
  3. Flexible Billing: We bill by the hour when appropriate, but we are always prepared to consider alternatives. We are happy to consider blended rates, partial and full contingency fees, flat rates, periodic retainers for routine matters and billing formulas that reward efficiency and success.
  4. Responsiveness and communication: We think it is just good manners to return phone calls promptly, and good manners are good business. When you call with a question, you will not wait two days to hear from us and if it only takes us a few minutes to answer your question, we will not bill you. We also keep our clients informed. We will not bury you in minutiae, but we will keep you apprised of developments as they occur.
  5. No conflicts: We take our ethical obligations seriously and we do not rationalize gray areas when it comes to conflicts of interest. One of the reasons we started our firm was so that we could take a hard line on conflict issues and our clients never have to question whether our loyalties are divided.
  6. Innovation: We take on and win cases after other lawyers declare them a lost cause. The word “vision” is in our credo because we recognize that the law is not static. We mix new approaches with ideas that have worked before and our record speaks for itself.
"The business of the law is to make sense of the confusion of what we call human life – to reduce it to order but at the same time to give it possibility, scope, even dignity."

- Archibald MacLeish