How Much Do Your Services Cost?
I provide quality legal services at affordable rates, and can 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 over 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. I began my legal career at a large firm, and I understand larger firms can be a necessity for companies who have certain types of legal needs, with the legal budgets to match. When I became a business owner myself, however, I was surprised to find few good options between self-help websites and the more expensive firms. I fill this legal services gap by providing high quality representation at reasonable rates for small and medium sized business owners. In addition, my own business experience keeps me focused on the voice of the customer - which means my clients are listened to, cared for, and prioritized. Believe it or not, this is a unique approach to practicing law.
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. I also provide proactive legal review of contracts for many clients on a regular basis, both during negotiations or as a last step before execution. 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 meet their team, and I am happy to do that as well.
If I Sign-Up As a Client and Call You For Help, What Happens Next?
I think of my approach 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 your own underlying business goals and identify the real potential risks.
Once that clarity is achieved, the type and amount of legal work required becomes apparent, and often a sound business strategy may be considered, with or without legal intervention. If legal help is needed, 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 proactive legal needs of businesses. When my clients require representation in court, however, or when the right 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 in-house general counsel, and can offer my clients who may be dealing with multiple simultaneous litigation matters the efficiency of communicating with a single point-of-contact.
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 individuals who have been unlawfully terminated or have had other adverse employment actions taken against them. I have represented plaintiffs 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 other improper conduct, whistleblower retaliation, and many other types of employment scenarios. I believe my having represented both employers and employees allows me to see both sides of a case and litigate more effectively. If you would like to discuss your situation to 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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