Who We Are

: Value Statement

Our Organization

We are a client-driven organization which takes a long term view of our relationships with clients and others with whom we deal. Independence, individual initiative and a business-like approach are encouraged in a collegial team environment. We are committed to excellence in the practice of law and to earning our clients' trust and meeting their needs. We wish to conduct our practice in a manner which is economically efficient to our clients and highly rewarding, financially and otherwise, to our partners and to our associate lawyers.

Our Dealings With Each Other

We are supportive of our partners and associates in all of our offices. We recognize that our firm as a whole will grow and prosper if we support one another. We treat each other, our staff and others with whom we deal, with respect, courtesy and openness. Differences in the degree of financial contribution made by each of us is only intended to be reflected in the compensation which we receive. We value and reward initiative and hard work, recognizing that our firm must be able to accommodate individuals with varying aspirations and expectations. We strive to be team players. Each of us recognizes our individual duty to conduct and manage our practice in a manner which is in the best interests of the firm.

Our Professional Development

We are prepared to make significant investment in our firm and in the people who comprise it. We intend that all associate lawyers who join our firm will be afforded an equal opportunity to become a partner in our firm, while recognizing the need for profitability and economic contribution to the firm and the other attributes of ownership. Within the context of our economic objectives and our commitment to clients, we strive to accommodate those who wish to work on a non-traditional basis or to adopt a career path which does not lead to ownership in the firm.

Our Other Values As A Firm

We are committed to the highest ethical standards and recognize that our firm must take a leadership role in our profession. We acknowledge the importance of our families and the need to work in a manner which is sensitive to the needs of our families. While recognizing the time limitations and strengths, weaknesses and preferences of all of our lawyers, we strive to actively be involved in business, industry and community organizations and to maintain our visibility as lawyers and as members of our communities. Our personal and firm charitable activities are intended to contribute genuinely to our communities.

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