Experience. Judgement. Efficiency. When you hire Robert, you will receive principal level attention to your matter. In litigation matters, we always attempt to work with opposing counsel in getting to the heart of matters quickly and efficiently. For example, in most cases we propose pretrial agreements modeled on the Susman protocols, which if adopted often serve to avoid disputes and save time and money. A template of our proposed pretrial agreement can be found here.
We listen, ask questions, consider, and then advise. Each client and situation is different. There are many factors that must be considered when a lawyer advises the client on the best way to resolve a dispute or any other type of legal matter or question. These factors include assessing your goals, the legal side (i.e. the strengths, weaknesses, likelihood of prevailing, and provable damages), the practical side (the financial and opportunity costs involved in the various possible alternatives), and the emotional side (evaluating various personal factors and motivations in the dispute). Once these factors are identified, they need to be evaluated through a prism of experience, judgement, and practicality. We collaborate with you in these evaluations in order to make the most informed decisions.
We fight hard within the rules of ethics and professional responsibility. As Officers of the Court, lawyers are permitted broad authority to file and prosecute and defend lawsuits and by exercising such powers can affect the business and personal lives of persons related to such cases. For example, lawyers are permitted to subpoena documents and take depositions where persons can be forced to answer questions. Because of this power, states, state bar associations, and the courts have promulgated rules and regulations to ensure lawyers do not overstep and abuse their power. Lawyers are duty bound to honor these ethical and professional responsibility rules. Lawyers that do not play by the rules are most often discovered and their clients exposed to their detriment (for an interesting recent example involving 7-eleven’s franchise attorneys getting caught concealing important evidence read here).