3121 E Fargo Circle
Mesa AZ 85213
My area of emphasis is contracts: negotiating them, drafting them, preserving them, and litigating them. Life is about relationships, and to me, contracts is the area of the law which is most about relationships. Creating them. Improving them. Keeping them together. And sometimes, overseeing the divorce.
My experience is different from that of most lawyers in two respects.
First, the majority of my practice has been representing groups of people who are being bullied by large institutions. Banks, government entities, trucking companies, a TV network. Because the other side had money, I was using put up against some of the largest law firms around. This experience was valuable because it left me unafraid of any legal scenario.
Second, I have not restricted myself to facts and cases and precedents. I spent three decades as a family and relationship counselor. I founded and then served as principal of Arizona's first charter school. I was a real estate investor, and the owner of a small business. I have been a teacher and a coach. The importance of this non-legal experience is that it enables me to understand and relate to the problems of my clients better than many lawyers.
I don't know how one distinguishes between law firms in any meaningful way, but it is certainly possible to distinguish between lawyers. Most lawyers are competent, but a really successful lawyer-client relationships requires more. That relationship is likely to be long and fairly intimate. So you want someone you "vibe" to. Similarly, you want someone whom others (for instance, juries and judges) will believe and trust and like. Because that lawyer will be asking for money or something else of value on your behalf, and judges and juries, like most people, give most freely to those they believe and trust and like. This is one of the reasons the initial consultation is so important.
As for me, I will fit that description for some clients and not for others. And that's fine. I have no desire to force what is not supposed to be. But I do know that, if you come to see me, you will find that I listen first before talking and that I have a genuine caring for people and that I will always tell you the truth.
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