Litigators today must be as efficient as they are effective. We provide the personal attention and service that only a small firm can provide. Nevertheless, we have the resources necessary to fully staff complex litigation. We practice the complete range of general and complex business litigation. Our work habits accommodate the demands of commercial litigation, including budget constraints, and are calculated to provide efficient and effective legal representation. Or staffing of cases is designed to provide quality legal services at reasonable fees. We offer practical solutions business conflict resolution. To our clients, we are fair, responsive and eager to pursue innovative strategies to achieve client goals into insure cost control and satisfaction. We earn our client's trust. We have a common-sense view of how we conduct business. We work closely with our clients. To our adversaries, we are tough, thorough, creative and formidable. Our reputation is based on our proven ability to deliver practical, accurate, legal advice that survives judicial scrutiny. We have the ability to negotiate advantageous, early resolutions because, when necessary, we have the skill, experience and savvy to triumph in Courtroom. We are trial lawyers.
The Art of War by Sun Tzu, the oldest military treatise in the world, offers some useful reminders to the seasoned trial lawyer. Sun Tzu said: “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.” Of course, Sun Tzu was not speaking of litigation, but his philosophy certainly informs us of the essentials for success in battle, whether in war or in litigation. He believed there were five essentials for victory:
1) He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.
[If he can fight, he advances and takes the offensive. If he cannot fight, he retreats and remains on the defensive. But, he will invariably conquer who knows whether it is right to take the offensive or the defensive.]
2) He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces.
[This is not merely the lead counsel’s ability to estimate numbers correctly. By applying the art of war, it is possible with a lesser force to defeat a greater, and vice versa. The secret lies in an eye for locality, and in not letting the right moment slip.]
3) He will win whose team is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks.
4) He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared.
5) He will win who has the intellect, the skill and the experience and is not interfered with by unnecessary distractions.