With two decades of experience as a trial lawyer, I know that litigation is warfare. Preparation is the most important part of a case. What are the strengths and weaknesses of your position? Should you fight, settle or explore alternative dispute resolution? Should you try the case before a judge or before a jury? Is the battle worth the expense? These are important questions that I will work with you to define goals, identify reasonable outcomes, consider costs, and explore reasonable alternatives. I represent clients in civil and criminal matters.
In a deal, everybody wants to maximize their outcomes. A successful business deal — whether it be a real estate purchase, the sale of a company, or an employment contract — requires an eye for detail and an ability to identify potential problems and unforeseen opportunities. I will work with you to identify your goals and to translate them efficiently into a legal framework.
On the day I was sworn in, a wise and more experienced lawyer gave me the best advice I have ever received: “In the practice of law, be yourself, unless you’re a jerk. If you’re a jerk, be someone else.” (He did not use the word “jerk,” but you get the idea). Lawyers who holler and pound their fists on conference tables can be entertaining to watch, but they do not obtain the best results for their clients. I bring firmness, foresight and honesty to negotiations in an effort to give you the best possible outcome.