If you were traveling into the Amazon rainforest, you’d pick your guide carefully. You’d want to go with someone who has been there before, someone who understands what places to visit and which tributaries to avoid. You’ll need someone who can fight adversaries and neutralize threats. But you also understand that the best guides are those who appreciate and prepare for dangers—and know how to avoid the worst ones. It’s also nice—often essential—to find a guide whom you actually like. After all, you’ll be spending time together.
A legal dispute often feels like a trip into the Amazon: disorienting, confusing, uncomfortable, and yet worth the trip.
Most people facing such a journey give up before it starts. In our experience, 70 to 80 percent of landowners facing eminent domain accept the first or second offer they receive from the condemning authority. And the vast majority of individuals considering constitutional litigation simply submit when the government comes to take their rights to free speech, free exercise of religion, and other constitutional rights.
Why is this so? Most of the time it’s fear. Sometimes people feel too weak to stand up to the powers on the other side. They fear taking the journey alone. They have not found the right guide.
And, yet, taking the journey is so often worth it. While past performance is no promise of future results, our clients facing condemnation have always ended up better off for having hired us. In other types of cases, our record has been strong. We’ve lost a few cases, but we’ve won many, many more.
A lawyer represents you and your cause. You should know something about what motivates the people who represent you.
Here are values, words, and ideals that motivate and guide us:
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” —Mark Twain
“Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, for as long as you can.” —Unknown
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” —Margaret Mead
“If you find yourself in a fair fight, you didn’t plan your mission properly.” —Colonel David Hackworth
“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” —Albert Einstein
“Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.” —Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Stories are important. The stories we tell ourselves about ourselves are really important.
Be present. Be grateful. Do good work.
“And all shall be well. And all shall be well. And all manner of things shall be exceeding well.” —Julian of Norwich
Because we hold these values, we do not accept every work opportunity that comes our way. We must believe in a client’s cause. If you ever feel we need support in living up to our stated values, please speak up. Relationships are everything, and we welcome every opportunity to improve.
We’ll give your our honest assessment of your case. Expect respect, not sugar-coating.
We’ll send regular case updates—and will return your calls or emails within one business day of receiving them.
Advocacy and Counsel
The best lawyers are both advocates and counselors. We will zealously promote your interests. Our goal in every case is to out-work and out-think the other side. Still, if there is a simple solution, we will take it. The first rule of strategy is choosing what not to do. We will also be counselors—guides—along your path.
We hope we’re the right fit for you. If we’re not, we’ll work to find someone who is.