Why Retain Us?
There are many reasons why you might want to retain us, and we summarize the main reasons below. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your problem in more detail. There will not be any charges for the discussion and it will be treated confidentially, whether or not we are retained.
Please note that we generally focus on business matters involving more than $100,000 at issue, including transactions and business disputes of all types. However, if you need some help in another area that raises important business or financial issues, we would be happy to listen and make some suggestions and, if appropriate, refer you to a lawyer in the relevant field.
Here are the most frequent reasons why a client may want to retain us:
- I want peace of mind! Just as in the case of serious surgery or medical treatments, you may want an accomplished business lawyer working on an important business legal matter, to give you peace of mind and to ensure that all possible solutions have been considered. We may see the matter differently from you or your existing counsel, given our particular experiences and our level of practice of business law. Our advice to you may provide you with additional assurance that your existing lawyer is doing a good job, under the circumstances. On the other hand, we may have a different view and, if so, we will communicate that clearly and you will be able to consider it.
- My lawyer seems overwhelmed. What you may need is a business law specialist, given the size or complexity of your matter, transaction or litigation. Just as in any other field, sometimes a professional with more specialization can provide much better service. Examples include acquisitions and divestitures, corporate restructurings, exotic ventures, and complicated contract and licensing transactions, as well as large equity and debt financings. Also, we are generally willing to work as a team with existing counsel, if that becomes your preference.
- My lawyer is not prompt. Your lawyer may be too busy to handle the matter as promptly as you like. We may be able to provide faster results, depending on the level of our work in process. In any event, we will be happy to give you clear estimates on completion dates, once we have the facts, and we will meet deadlines. We have no problem working nights and weekends, if necessary.
- My lawyer should be fighting harder. We would be happy to review your matter objectively and give you our view on how your current lawyer is proceeding. Sometimes it is best to fight hard, and sometimes it is best to negotiate reasonably and pleasantly, and there are endless variations to this dance, depending on all of the facts and circumstances and the complexity of the matter. At the core of each transaction and dispute is an ideal negotiation process, and determining that best process is often difficult. In short, that is why lawyers call their profession the “practice” of law, i.e., they are always practicing. Nevertheless, we will provide you with our judgment on the pros and cons of the course chosen by your attorney and on other potential courses.
- My lawyer has a conflict of interest. Generally, a lawyer is obligated to disclose to his or her client any material conflict of interest that could affect the legal advice, and this conflict should be disclosed in writing to you and waived in writing by you. We can assist you in assessing whether a serious conflict of interest exists and in taking the next steps, if appropriate.
- My lawyer is too expensive. We can help you consider the terms of the retention, review your attorney’s bills and then give you our view on the matter and our estimate.
Additional reasons to engage us are summarized on the bottom of the Home Page.
Please feel free to contact us to discuss your matter, even if you are not sure whether to retain us. We might be able to help you reach a good resolution or to refer you to another more appropriate attorney, given the facts of the matter.