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Washington DC 20006
Yes, but only for the purpose of determining whether it is the type of transaction or case in which we can add value.
We do quote fixed fees for specified work, particularly for producing first drafts of documents, or initial demand letters, and for various specified follow-up actions desired by the client.
$250 (primarily for non-profits) - $450 / hour for attorneys; and $135 -150 / hour for paralegals.
We are adept at structuring relationships and transactions, and in resolving disputes, in commercial real estate, and have done so for decades. Our technology practice is merely an extension - of that transactions and litigation experience - into the laws, standards, and industry practices applicable to the development and servicing of technology.
As the Syms's slogan used to state: "An educated consumer is our best customer." I generally refer clients and potential clients to websites (such as those for the various Bankruptcy Courts) or to the articles on our website, so that they can become familiar with what is involved and figure out how much they can do on their own with minimal guidance, and can start gathering the necessary documents.
I review client-prepared documents, but only if the client agrees to a number of disclaimers. Unfortunately, I often find that internet-based forms do not provide the client with all of his/her options and/or are not geared to the client's particular situation.
We do that, but only if the client (a) appears capable of handling the all of part of the transaction or case involved; and (b) agrees to a number of disclaimers.
I think that, for both short term and long term purposes (and, perhaps, even trying to "make the pie bigger"), disputes are best handled through negotiation. Court-sponsored mediation is often helpful, at least in narrowing the issues and letting each side get a better understand of the pros and cons of its and the other side's position. However, I find that mediation and arbitration, all too often, deny necessary discovery and result in undue pressure to settle quickly by splitting the claims in half. My experience is that collaborative proceedings (without each side being separately represented) often do not bring-out all of the relevant issues and challenges the way advocacy tends to do.
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