Firm Philosophy

Our Philosophy on Expectations

In our fast-paced world, you might think I am able to answer phones and email 24/7.  I cannot. Even though you might think about a problem after hours or on weekends, that doesn’t mean I am available to receive your thoughts. I think e-mails are a wonderful way to catch those thoughts; a response will be forthcoming on a regular work day, unless, of course, we have made some other special arrangement. Phone calls and e-mails are regularly answered in the order received.

What is a “Legal Emergency”?

I know there are “medical emergencies.” After all my years of practice, I’m still not sure there are “legal” ones. If you’re contacting me for the first time after 4:00 p.m., and a foreclosure is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. the next day, that “emergency” took at least three weeks to reveal itself. There is very little that can be done. If you are contacting me for the first time in January, about Spring Break visitation, you have the time to focus on the problem. Interestingly, under today’s case administration, that problem might require what the court thinks of as an “emergency” treatment, since getting a regularly-scheduled court hearing to deal with the visitation requires several months!

Perfectly Imperfect

I am not perfect. I seem to make mistakes on billing a lot because I place my needs secondary to those of my clients. I ask my clients to tell me if they see an error.

Please do not expect perfection in my administering to your needs. You have every right to expect and demand high-quality devotion of time and of attention to your circumstances, and the challenges you face. Yet, not all challenges lend themselves to an orderly and satisfactory outcome. Sometimes, the mere finality of a protracted contest can offer a stand-alone goal.