We guarantee hands-on involvement from a senior attorney over the course of every engagement. However, when appropriate for the task at hand, and only after careful consideration, we utilize less senior lawyers and/or paralegals; in this way, our clients receive the greatest possible value for fees incurred.
ECONOMY AND EFFICIENCY
LLF lawyers take pride in handling each matter efficiently and without wasted effort or expenses. We work closely with our clients to predict and control costs. We embrace the use of budgets in consultation with our clients and are willing and capable to thereafter operate within them.
At LLF, we do not wait until the eve of trial to advise our clients that the chances of prevailing are lower than first believed. Instead, we regularly and candidly communicate the strengths and weaknesses of a case to our clients so that handling decisions are timely and based on as complete and accurate information as is available. We involve our clients in the decision-making process at every stage of litigation and keep them fully apprised of their risks, options and potential expenses as the litigation develops. Cases too risky to try, or those where litigation is adverse to the client for other reasons, are identified early so that efforts are directed toward settlement rather than trial preparation.
VIGILENCE FOR SETTLEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
We understand the simple truth that the longer a case takes to resolve, the more expensive it is to defend. In order to avoid unnecessary delays and costs, we make every effort to employ creative approaches to problem cases from the outset. From the moment a new matter is received, we are watchful for any opportunity to reach a favorable settlement. We do not view the exploration of settlement possibilities as a sign of weakness; rather it serves the best interests of clients who are embroiled in what is often a long, expensive battle that seldom produces financial benefits.
Our lawyers believe in the value of jury research and, when justified by the potential exposure of a case, we utilize jury focus groups, theme-development exercises, and shadow juries to help us win cases. In addition, we utilize the most sophisticated case management and trial presentation software available. These advanced litigation tools allow us to distill massive amounts of information and evidence for courtroom presentation in a concise and compelling manner.
For those cases that cannot or should not be settled, we thoroughly prepare them for trial, but always at a level appropriate to the amounts and/or principles at stake. Trying cases, particularly high-exposure cases, is not for the inexperienced, uninitiated or faint of heart, and at LLF we have the nerve and desire to try virtually any case almost anywhere, and we have the experience and ability to do so successfully.