Practice Philosophy

We believe

  • that the lawyer must listen to the client.

  • that it is imperative to establish efficient communications with clients by various means and to respond to client contacts in a timely manner.

  • that it is important to establish an effective working relationship with a client and to understand client needs and expectations.

  • that the basic question in all legal matters is what is in the best interests of the client, not the lawyer.

  • that all legal matters should be evaluated in terms of cost to the client, so that courses of action and solutions can be analyzed on a cost/benefit basis.

  • that follow-up and follow through are essential actions to manage cases properly.

  • that we should provide legal services to a client only when we have sufficient time available to provide those services in a timely manner.

  • that the attorney/client relationship is a confidential one in which communications in any form must be held in the strictest confidence.

  • that in litigation where family relationships are in jeopardy, counsel for the parties should work diligently and continuously to lessen or eliminate the risk of loss of those relationships.

  • that is critical to understand the opposing party's point of view and perspective; frequently the legal positions of parties in a controversy are not that far apart, and resolution may be achieved more easily than expected.

  • that the goal of representing a plaintiff in a personal injury or wrongful death case is to acquire for the client the greatest amount of reasonable compensation as quickly as possible.

  • that the goal of representing a defendant in a personal injury or wrongful death case is to make the plaintiff prove the liability of the defendant, and if liability is provable, to limit damages in a cost effective manner.

  • that the goal of representing a defendant in a criminal case is to make the prosecutor prove guilt for the charged violations, and if guilt is provable, to negotiate a sentence that reflects the actual legal culpability of the defendant.