I have been a sole practitioner since 1988. Almost all of my clients have come to me through word-of-mouth. I have concentrated on the areas of law that I had been trained in for the previous 11 years.Example cases
I tend to handle personal and business transactions with an eye toward keeping my client out of litigation.
192 Ramona Place
Pasadena CA 91107
Depends on the circumstances. Will discuss in advance.
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
I was never interested in litigating. When I was offered my first job in Santa Barbara, I immediately accepted the offer, mostly because the primary attorney promised me I would not have to litigate. I was not sure what specific areas interested me. It turned out that the areas of law which that firm specialized in--business and personal transactions--were what most interested me.
I encourage this. An informed client generally has a good understanding of what to expect from their attorney and what they themselves can contribute. This can also save them significant legal fees.
For similar reasons as stated in the previous answer, I encourage the client's participation. If what they have prepared is seriously off the mark, I am honest but insistent that I must be more actively involved.
It depends on the client. If I believe, at our first meeting, that the client is capable of adequately representing themself, I will encourage them. In addition, that first meeting will usually tell me whether I want to represent the client at all (I do not by any means accept all matters that come my way.).
1984-1988: Air Logistics Corporation, Pasadena, CA
--In-house counsel and assistant to the president; major emphasis on buying, selling, and developing real property.
1982-1984: Basile & Siener, Brentwood, CA
--Of-counsel for real estate and business transactions and estate planning.
1977-1981: Allen and Kimbell, Santa Barbara, CA
--Real estate and business transactions; probate and estate planning.
My English major at Amherst College and subsequent history of writing have helped me to be clear and persuasive in my writing on behalf of a client, which is most of my practice.
I am good at listening to the client sufficiently so that I am truly his or her or its mouthpiece. I have often been told by the client that my writing exactly expressed what they would have written if they had tried and had the requisite training.
Low-pressure, spending enough time with the client to understand what their goals and bottom lines really are.
Current affairs; reading; quality movies; racquet sports; traveling, especially in Europe; stimulating conversation.
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