In too many firms, the business of law has come to overshadow the practice of law. I promote the concept of a lawyer as counselor. The primary goal of a lawyer must be to resolve the issues with which his or her client is faced. Reaching that goal requires developing a relationship between client and lawyer wherein both parties fully understand the representation and expectations. Lawyers must not understand only the problem facing the client; they must also understand the client’s overall personal and business situation as well. An understanding of a client’s overall situation allows a lawyer to propose resolutions beyond the simple and obvious, but which allow the client to move on with life absent the threat or reality of litigation. Only then is sufficient trust developed between client and lawyer.

My firm is small and provides personal service. The firm provides the opportunity for clients to meet and work directly with the attorney who will handle their cases or matters.

As a small business owner, I understand the necessity of resolving disputes as quickly as possible with only minimal impact on your business or personal life. While I regularly bring cases to trial, I also understand that litigation is extremely difficult to confront and that difficulty must be taken into consideration in assessing the proper resolution of a matter.

Building trust through an open dialog about cost expectations and structures.

Building trust through an open dialog about cost expectations and structures.

My firm is a small business, just as are many of our clients. I understand that perhaps the most intimidating aspect of hiring a lawyer is the associated cost. I believe that all client relationships must begin with a clear understanding of both the client’s and the firm’s expectations. Those expectations must include the costs associated with the representation.

To that end, I openly discuss fee arrangements with my clients at the outset of the relationship. I am open to non-traditional fee structures beyond the billable hour. I will offer all clients choices with respect to my billing structure and will consider any proposals from my clients that will best suit the client’s’ needs.

The most important aspect of my job is to build trust with my clients. I expect an open dialog with my clients, which should include discussions and agreements on the best possible billing scenarios for both the client and the firm.

If you have any questions regarding our areas of practice, our philosophy, or our billing process, don’t hesitate to call us at 860-664-4440.