If you are an employee, you may be new to the legal process, and confused about your legal rights and the judicial system. If you are a defendant, you need to know that your attorney will handle your case professionally and efficiently. If you are seeking business-related legal advice and guidance, you should feel confident that your attorney understands your business, and will offer practical advice. No matter who you are, we are committed to treating you with respect, to understanding your individual situation, and to providing professional, efficient and practical legal services. Please click here for more information regarding our commitment and philosophy.
We understand that hiring an attorney can be a difficult decision. If you are a plaintiff, you may be new to the legal process, and confused about your legal rights and the judicial system. If you are a defendant, you need to know that your attorney will handle your case professionally and efficiently. If you are seeking business-related legal advice and guidance, you should feel confident that your attorney understands your business, and will offer practical advice. No matter who you are, the following philosophy and commitments guide my practice:
1. I Will Respect my Clients.
Your legal matter is important to you. As prior in-house counsel, I have been the client. I know that clients expect, and deserve, respect and professionalism. I will never be demeaning or condescending. I will listen to you. I will not judge you. I will never ignore your concerns. I will return telephone calls and e-mails promptly. I will communicate with you regularly and keep you up to date.
2. I Will Provide Value
I have been a partner at a large national law firm. Large firms do many things well. But you are also paying for fancy offices, support and administrative staff, marketing materials, overhead, and training for junior attorneys. As a solo practitioner, I offer large law firm expertise, without large law firm overhead. I can therefore provide professional services at lower billing rates and more cost-effectively, and without using your legal matter as a training experience for a junior attorney.
3. I Will Handle Your Matter Efficiently
As in-house counsel, I frequently reviewed bills with multiple layers of attorneys, often doing duplicative work, with senior attorneys reviewing junior attorneys' work. I also saw bills for work that was not efficient or that wasn't result driven; put simply, I have seen too much litigation and research that was irrelevant to getting the matter resolved in a timely and beneficial matter. I have also spent too much time educating outside counsel about our business. I will not over-litigate a case. I will not engage in duplicative or wasteful services. All work should be result-driven. Further, as former in-house counsel, I understand your business, and can provide guidance and services with less time spent on getting up to speed. Also, having represented both employees and corporation, and having been in-house counsel and an executive, I understand what motivates each party, and can speak effectively, confidently and persuasively with both clients and adversaries.
4. I Will Provide Practical Advice
When I was in-house, I found that my outside counsel frequently understood the law, but didn't offer practical solutions to my business concerns. Instead, their proposed solutions were either very vague (e.g., "be careful"), impractical (based on resources, other commitments or political concerns) or overly conservative. I will remember that you have a business to run. I will strive to ensure that my advice is practicable.
Contact Our Office
We provide a confidential consultation to all clients. To set up a meeting with our experienced Montclair employment attorney, contact us online or call us at 973-233-4985 for an appointment. Evening and weekend appointments are available by request. Our office is located with easy access from the Garden State Parkway.