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.
The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice
regarding your individual situation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters and electronic mail. Contacting
us does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please do not send any confidential information to us until such time as an
attorney-client relationship has been established.
Lurie Law Firm LLC represents employees and enployers throughout Northern New Jersey and Central New Jersey, including
Montclair, Livingston, Caldwell, West Orange, Newark, Morristown, Hackensack, Newark, Elizabeth, New Brunswick, Paterson,
Jersey City, Ridgewood, Wayne, Clifton, Passaic, Union City, Bayonne, Teaneck, Irvington, Union, Edison, Piscataway,
Lawrenceville, Princeton, Hoboken, East Hanover, Saddlebrook, Parsippany, Roseland and Woodbridge; as well as the counties of
Essex, Bergen, Passaic, Middlesex, Morris, Union, Sussex, Warren, Hudson and Mercer.
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