My firm has been located in Germantown for over twenty years, focusing on the needs of the people in my community. I practice in the areas of family law (divorce, child custody, child support, separation agreements, and domestic violence), bankruptcy (including Chapters 7, 11, and 13), personal injury, and District Court matters (including drinking and driving offences, shoplifting, assault and battery, and the like.) Our emphasis is to provide personalized, effective representation.
15 minute free telephone consultation.
Many services can be fixed fees. District Court appearances are usually $1,500. Drinking and Driving offenses are usually $1,750. Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases vary, but average between $1,000 and $1,500. Separation agreement varies and averages from $1,750 through $3,000.
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
I like working with people. I would have preferred to do criminal work in the early part of my career, but I love the areas in which I practice for many different reasons and I have no regrets about the decisions that I have made.
My opinion regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues varies, depending on the issue and the client. With that said, in general it is very helpful to have a client who understands the issues and risks involved in the legal decision-making process. With understanding, clients are best able to participate and influence the outcome of their case. The most successful cases are often those where the client has a good grasp on the issues, the risks, and the intangibles that may affect the outcome of the litigation.
The variables that affect my opinion begin with the plain reality that many issues are complex with a lot of variables, tangible and intangible, that need to be considered in posturing a client regarding a particular issues at bar. There are no absolutes in law. Results are influenced by the Judges' discretion, a jury, client demeanor, witnesses, evidence and so forth. Some things are predictable and others are not. Results are not always what it seems they should be.
Many of the issues that I deal with are emotionally charged - especially in the areas of divorce and custody. Objective thinking is critical to appropriate analysis and decision-making, and when your emotionally involved, objective thinking and decision-making is just not reliable. It is hard to get some people to understand this, while others intuitively understand the nature of the environment.
There are factors at play that often have a powerful influence on a decision, some people are just more credible, some people are likeable while others are not, some people are persuasive, while others are monotonous that they lose the attention of the court. This list is long, important and cannot be explained other than conceptually. These considerations are different in each case, sometimes the most unexpected fact has a powerful influence. It is very helpful for clients to understand the dynamic of litigation, and the issues at play. However, sometimes, because of emotion or complexity, it is not always possible.
I cannot tell a lay person how to practice law
I am not willing to coach a client representing themselves.
Prior to becoming a lawyer I worked for Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield in health insurance. My formal education was in microbiology and economics. I worked in strategic planning and market analysis. Before going to law school, the health care industry came under fire for out of control inflation, and various other reasons. There was also a lot of public attention on the delivery of health care. I thought a law degree would enhance my ability to progress in this field. After law school, I had little interest in health care and preferred the court room and working with people.
I went through a destructive divorce and as a result am very careful to counsel my clients on how to avoid costly divorces. I understand the consequences of fighting from many different perspectives. I do not only discuss the legalities with my clients, I discuss the consequence of choice constantly. My divorce taught me to be more empathetic to my clients. I also believe the older you get, the better you are able to represent your clients. Experience in the courtroom, understanding what makes a difference in the outcome, knowing your judges, all grow with experience.
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