Why Experience Matters

Every surgeon has to start somewhere, but do you want yours to be their first operation?  Probably not.

The same goes for finding a lawyer.  It may not always be be the difference between life and death, but experience matters, especially if the issue concerns something as important as your career, your  livelihood, the well-being of your family or the security of your business.

Nearly every case is different, with a unique set of facts and circumstances, but the more experienced a lawyer is in a particular practice area, the more likely it is the lawyer will be able to see a wider range of legal options and creative paths to resolution.  It’s also more likely the lawyer will be able to see those options faster, more efficiently, and therefore more economically.

Experience matters. Let our experience work for you.

How to Choose Your Lawyer

Husband and wife, doctor and patient, priest and penitent … attorney and client. The law recognizes only a handful of relationships in which communications may remain confidential.  The law allows this confidentiality or “privilege” because it recognizes that communications in such relationships must be made with complete trust. That’s what the relationship is about– it’s about trust, trust that your lawyer is looking out for your best interests.

So how do you find the right lawyer for you or the right lawyer for your particular case? We think you find your lawyer the same way you found your doctor, your priest, and maybe the same way you found your spouse. Get recommendations from people you trust. Look at the lawyer’s background, their experience and their values. If it looks like a good fit, and if they seem like someone you’d be comfortable with–someone you can trust– they may be the lawyer for you. But just as it’s important that you’re comfortable with your lawyer, it’s important that they’re comfortable with you, and that’s something neither of you will know until you’ve met and talked face to face. In some cases initial consultations may be free, while for some matters there may be a modest charge.

If you’d like to find out if we’re the right lawyers for you, call us and ask about consultations or to schedule a meeting.

What is Employment Law?

Laws evolve to regulate human interaction. And because most of us spend more than half our waking hours on the job, it shouldn’t be surprising that a large body of law has developed to regulate our relationships at work, including relationships with co-workers, employers and even outside vendors. Employment law is about more than just hiring and firing employees, though, it’s about salary and benefits, overtime and minimum wages; it’s about discrimination and harassment, and about competition and contract interpretation.  It’s why Congress has passed laws like the Fair Labor Standards Act; the Americans with Disabilities Act; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; the Family Medical Leave Act; the Employment Retirement Income Security Act; the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the Equal Employment Opportunity Act, to name just a few. States, too, have their own laws regulating the employment relationship including such topics as the timely payment of wages, wrongful or constructive discharge, worker’s compensation and pension rights.

A lawyer whose practice focuses on employment law understands the complexity of these laws. They’re trained to spot  issues and facts that are relevant in determining the rights of the affected parties.  Our employment lawyers are experienced in all of these areas and more. If you have concerns about your rights in the workplace, one of our employment lawyers would be pleased to schedule a consultation.