What Kinds of Cases Do You Accept?

We pride ourselves on our general practice, with a strong emphasis on commercial and financial matters. On the business side, our clients seek our assistance on a wide range of problems, including incorporation and business organization, labor, tax, real estate leasing, contract disputes, intellectual property and trade secrets disputes, business torts, defamation, securities matters, and intra-business disputes between partners or shareholders. Our individual clients often seek our assistance with estate planning matters, probate, trust disputes, problems with banks or insurance companies, investment disputes, real property disputes, and any business matters that they may have. Our assistance to other attorneys can be in almost any civil litigation field.

What Kinds of Cases Do You Not Accept?

We typically decline to provide representation in the following types of cases:

Criminal law
Personal injury
Medical malpractice
Workers compensation
Family law matters involving child custody disputes
Patent registration

In bankruptcy court our practice is generally limited to adversarial proceedings, as opposed to “core bankruptcy” matters.

Will You Help Me On A Limited-Representation Basis?

California law allows a lawyer to represent clients on a limited-representation basis, meaning that the lawyer provides a well-defined scope of services in a matter to a client who is otherwise representing himself or herself in court. We offer limited-representation services to our individual clients in certain circumstances, and invite you to contact us for further information.

Do You Accept Contingency Cases?

While we strive to find a fee arrangement that is fair and affordable to our clients, it is rare for us to take cases on a 100% contingency basis.  We have occasionally accepted cases on a “blended rate” basis, however, where we bill a reduced hourly fee and receive a percentage of the case that is less than a typical contingency rate.  Each case is evaluated on its merits.

Will You Work On A Flat-Fee Basis?

Some projects lend themselves to a flat-fee charge.  Others, particularly in the litigation area, do not.  We do our best to quote a flat fee whenever possible, and to estimate the number of hours a project that is billed on an hourly basis will take.

My Case Is Not in California. Can You Represent Me?

We are only licensed to practice law in the State of California, and are careful to make sure we are not engaged in the “unauthorized practice of law” in other jurisdictions.  It may nevertheless be possible for us to help you if you are a California resident or business, but have a problem elsewhere.   Each case must be evaluated on its own merits to see if representation is possible.

Do You Accept Pro Bono Cases?

Every lawyer has an ethical obligation to provide a certain amount of work pro bono.  We evaluate pro bono requests on an individual basis.

What Does It Mean To Have A “Virtual Practice”?

It means that we make the most of the Internet and other technology to meet our client’s needs.  Many conferences, for instance, are by VoIP services, such as Skype.  We have minimal rent and other fixed overhead, and do not meet our clients in an office.  Almost all documents are exchanged by way of PDF files.  The entire library is online.   We believe that this use of technology maximizes our access to our clients, and will become more and more accepted in the future.

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