Legal representation has become a necessary tool to successfully navigate today’s business and regulatory environments.
Unfortunately, the adage that you get what you pay for is often not the case in the legal profession these days. Any more, your legal dollars are just as likely to be paying for fancy downtown office space, a water view, artwork, etc., instead of the quality and experienced counsel that you seek.
In the time that I’ve been practicing law, I’ve found that I like what I do and who I do it with (both attorneys and clients), but also discovered that I don’t put much stock in the industry-standard trappings of success (i.e., the overhead expenses that are the driving force behind high hourly rates and bills).
Accordingly, my primary objective in developing and maintaining my own practice is to provide top-shelf legal representation at reasonable rates. By locating my office outside of the downtown core, keeping my staffing to the minimum necessary to get the job done right, and relying on skills and expertise that I’ve developed by working for reputable law firms in the first 15 years of my career, I am able to realize this objective on a daily basis.
At an even more fundamental level, I strive to provide each of my clients with excellence in every aspect of their representation, regardless of the scope of the project or the fee that it will generate.
My strengths include a thorough knowledge of the legal and regulatory issues impacting the maritime and fishing industries, substantial competence and experience drafting various forms of agreements, outstanding advocacy skills (both written and oral), and a knack for finding practical solutions to complex issues.
And when I either don’t think I can add value to a situation, or when faced with a project that requires the resources of a larger firm, I don’t hesitate to assist my clients in accessing my vast network of professional contacts to find other attorneys to augment what I can bring to the table.