We believe complex disputes and investigations – at every stage – are best handled through a collaborative effort undertaken by the firm and the client.
Whether mapping out a discovery plan, developing an investigation strategy, preparing for trial, or analyzing issues for an appeal, our emphasis is on teamwork and communication. We draw on a broad range of skills within the firm, and if the matter warrants it, we will draw on expertise outside the firm from established resources.
At the outset of every matter, together with the client we define success then develop a strategy for achieving it.
We use our own project management system and regular client meetings or calls to share knowledge and to provide full visibility into the matter's progress. With the client we will adjust the game plan as needed.
With briefs in both appellate and trial courts, we circulate drafts early and elicit substantive and stylistic contributions from the team. Any appeal or trial court motion of substance goes through at least two moot courts. And moot courts, as well as witness preparation sessions typically occur in the mock courtrooms in our offices.
Unlike many firms, we recognize that the most efficient, cost-effective way to handle much of the discovery process is to partner with outside vendors – who can provide state-of-the-art technology and systems – rather than have our own staff, junior lawyers, or contract attorneys perform the work at a substantially higher price. That said, our team includes lawyers whose work is devoted substantially to developing strategies for effective data mining on a matter-by-matter basis.
Each step of the litigation process – from the filing of a complaint or answer through trial and appeal – is planned and executed using our proprietary project management system.
All of this allows us to “play larger than our size”. Our core team is engaged where we provide the greatest value and if we, along with the client, believe that additional resources are needed, we will find the best possible people and the most cost-effective solution to fill that need rather than have lawyers performing work for which they may not be the best fit.