How Much Do Your Services Cost?
I provide quality legal services at affordable rates, and offer flat-fee value billing on many matters. While I don't post my rates online, I am confident you will find they are more than reasonable for my level of experience. Perhaps more importantly, I work with clients to set cost targets, and tell them if a matter begins to approach a budget cap. I keep my rates down by keeping overhead low, staying current on workflow technologies, and focusing on being an excellent lawyer for a limited number of clients.
What Sets You Apart?
Clients say they come to me for guidance because of my ability to give legal advice from a business perspective. I'm easy to work with, and help build workable solutions. I do my best to find a way to help my clients succeed, recognizing that a one-sized-fits-all approach to the practice of law is not what most businesses are looking for in their attorney. As psychologist Abraham Maslow put it, “I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.” I approach every legal problem with a fresh set of eyes, and counsel clients with creative solutions to their business problems.
What Kind of Experience Do You Have?
I have practiced law for 15 years as a litigator, in-house counsel, and independent business lawyer, creating a unique mix of real world experience for my clients to draw from. Having begun my legal career at an international law firm with over 1,000 lawyers, I understand they can be a necessity for companies who have certain types of legal needs, with the large legal budgets to match. When I became a small business owner, however, I was surprised to find so few good options between self-help websites and those more expensive firms. I fill that legal services gap by providing high quality legal representation at reasonable rates. In addition, my business experience keeps me focused on customer satisfaction - which means my clients are listened to, cared for, and prioritized.
Can We Get Help Before a Problem Arises?
My goal as a business lawyer is to prevent your business from ever facing big legal problems. There are a number of proactive ways business owners can keep their legal budgets down and mitigate risks. Whether reviewing employment practices and policies to spot wage and hour vulnerabilities, recommending best practices for ADA and OSHA compliance based on the type of work you do, or freshening up that old Master Services Agreement, I am often able to make several recommendations to help clients sleep better at night. At minimum, I recommend that all business owners schedule at least an annual legal check-up (which I can provide for a low flat fee). During that meeting we can keep governance documentation updated, go over any changes to business operations, and review strategic goals for the year ahead. Of course, I recommend my clients call whenever they see a potential situation start to unfold, so we can get on top of it before it spins out of control.
How Easy is it to Get Started?
Very easy! Simply contact me for a free no-obligation consultation. If it looks like I can help, we'll discuss rates and I'll send you an engagement letter to sign. If you need the attention of a specialist, or if you don't even have a legal problem, I am happy to refer you to other resources.
What is it Like to Use Your Services?
I enjoy the informality I have with my clients. Getting good legal help shouldn't ever feel like it slows you down. My services are just a phone call, face time, Skype, email, or text message away. I may not always have an immediate answer, but I can usually start looking into an issue right away while you get back to doing something to make your business successful. Of course, some clients appreciate it when I visit their office, and I am happy to do that as well.
If I Sign-Up As a Client and Call You For Help, What Happens Next?
OK, so you've finally decided to fire a problematic employee, or a potential partner sends you their "standard" NDA, and it looks a lot different than what you've ever seen before. Maybe a vendor you really need to use sends over a 30 page contract that looks like it could require signing over the parental rights to your first-born child. First, take a deep breath. Then, call me.
I think of my approach to what happens next as the legal equivalent of a carpenter’s advice to “measure twice, and cut once."
First, I don't assume the type and amount of legal work that will or will not be required to solve a client's issue. Instead, I help my clients calmly and thoughtfully consider and assess the unique circumstances of each situation. Talking through an issue helps clarify the underlying business goals and identify the potential risks.
Next, once that clarity is achieved, the type and amount of legal work required becomes apparent, and what kind of sound business strategy that might work (with or without legal intervention). If legal help is required, we will discuss a cost estimate and agree on a timeline for deliverables. Then you can get back to work - and hopefully with a lot less worries.
Do You Accept Litigation Matters?
I litigate on behalf of both companies and individuals, but am selective about the cases I agree to handle. I started as a litigator before I focused my practice on the more non-litigation needs of businesses. When my clients require representation in court, however, or when the right new case presents itself, I am willing and able to bring or defend lawsuits in both state and federal court, advocate at mediations, and represent clients in arbitrations. I also have the unique experience of having served as an in-house attorney, so I can offer my clients who might be dealing with multiple simultaneous litigation matters the efficiency of communicating with a single point-of-contact for all of their legal needs.
I've Been Fired or Treated Unfairly at Work - Do You Represent Individuals?
Yes, although most of my work involves representing business, I do help people who have been fired or have had other adverse employment actions taken against them. I have represented employees in claims involving sexual harassment, disability discrimination under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), pregnancy discrimination, gender discrimination, retaliation for requesting or taking FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act) leave, allegations of improper conduct, whistleblower retaliation, and many other types of employment scenarios. Representing both employers and employees allows me to see both sides of a case and litigate more effectively and efficiently. If you would like to discuss your situation and see if I can help, please contact me today.
This website advertises professional legal services and is not intended to provide legal advice; we will not have an attorney-client relationship, and I will not take any action on your behalf, until we have established an attorney-client relationship through a signed written engagement agreement; every matter is unique, results cannot be guaranteed, and past performance does not predict future outcomes.
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