We represent businesses of all sizes in complex litigation, product and toxic tort defense, insurance coverage, business disputes, compliance and corporate governance, employment, food, and life sciences. We bring an unusual combination of highly experienced lawyers, state of the art technology, and a focus on quickly getting to the results our clients want without time-consuming and costly detours. Here's how we do it.
Our Lawyers: All of our lawyers come from substantial large firm practices, or were high level officers of law departments, having represented Fortune 500 companies as well as smaller public and privately held businesses in high pressure, high stakes matters.
We have specialty skills, unusual even in larger firms. One of our lawyers has a medical degree and conducted scientific research before practicing law. Another one of our lawyers has a doctorate in social sciences with special training in statistical analysis and medical research. Two of our lawyers are members of the patent bar. Several of us edit or write treatises in the the areas of litigation, compliance. antitrust and practice management.
Targeted Focus on Results: We operate under the “no surprises” rule. We value early strategic planning, and achieving the business results that our clients want. We understand the importance of minimizing risks to the business and minimizing costs. In litigation, we have successfully tried many cases to juries and judges and know how to press for trial. At the same time we deliberately leverage opportunities for very early disposition of a matter, which is most often the goal of our clients.
Innovative Staffing: We follow a “V” model, that provides to our clients the benefits and efficiency of working with experienced counsel who give practical, straight-to-the point advice. Most of our lawyers are partner-level attorneys and we do not staff any lawyers on your matter with less than 5 years full-time experience. We do not have minimum billing requirements for our attorneys and encourage them to be active in community and other activities that enhance their practices. We also employ highly talented paralegals and, as in many corporations, maximize the role they play to minimize legal costs.
Fees and Fee Arrangements: While many of our clients continue to prefer hourly rates, we look for opportunities to use alternative fee arrangements. We have implemented a number of such deals and especially like arrangements that push for early results. Alternative fee arrangements can work in counseling as well as complex litigation, using such approaches as flat fee, sliding scale, partial contingency and results bonuses, alone or in combination, among a wide array of arrangements that can be win-win for both client and firm.
Deep Local and National Networks: Our networks, and the reputations we have from them, benefit our clients, even on matters that seem at first blush to be far removed from bar and community activities. We have been elected and selected as leaders in such legal organizations as the American Bar Association, the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL), and specialty bar groups.