This is one of the biggest business decisions I have ever had to make. Since leaving the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office, I have succeeded in carving out and building a small niche in the legal field. The strategy was to start small and concentrate on just a couple area of law. Being a court room lawyer, I decided to focus almost entirely on criminal defense and personal injury. I built my practice by maintaining a small office, keeping up to date with the law changes those two areas and making sure I handled the majority of the cases from start to finish. This formula worked as I built clients through a lot of personal attention and referrals. By my seventh year of private practice, I found myself in a very comfortable and rewarding practice with my partner, Cecilia Nguyen.
So why would I decide to change all this? Well, outside my law practice, I am also very involved in Washington County and the City of Beaverton. So when an attorney of Rod Adams stature, an attorney who has been practicing law in the same downtown Beaverton location and serving Beaverton and Washington County citizens for over 40 years, invites you into a business venture, you at least have to stop and think about it.
Rod Adams http://adams-uffelman.com/our-partners/rodney-c-adams devotion to providing quality legal services in Beaverton and Washington County is unquestioned. Then I factored in that his partner, John Uffelman http://adams-uffelman.com/our-partners/john-e-uffelman has worked with Rod Adams for the past 15 years and has established himself as a top rated lawyer in Beaverton. These two have really epitomized professional legal services in Beaverton, Washington Clackamas and Multinomial Counties.
As much as I enjoy my small practice and all the benefits that go with a small practice, how can I pass up the chance to take my practice to another level? I believe I will get to work on bigger cases and more complex issues. I have the opportunity to associate with attorneys that have not only survived every economic downturn, but have provided legal services that parallel any big law firm downtown. Now is the time, for my partner and me to step up, join our law firm with these two very well established attorneys, and take our services to higher level.
I understand I may be going commercial. I suspect many of my clients will be a bit disappointed that I have taken this path. I do believe by making this move I will be able to provide an even higher level of legal services to more clients. I believe this will allow me to fully concentrate on matters in Beaverton and Washington County. But most importantly, I will vow, here on my blog, to all of my past, current and future clients, that I will not lose that personal touch. Either my staff or I will return phone calls within 24 hours. I will be available on weekends and after hours. I will continue to make weekend and home appointments. I will be there physically and emotionally with my clients every step of the way.
Just yesterday, while being part of the Beaverton Law Group, I represented my client in a DUII trial. I was there for every court appearance, had many meetings and conversations with my client before trial and personally spoke to each witness before they testified on the stand. I was with her every step of the way, from the first court appearance through the final step when the verdict was read. I have never promised the results of a trial and my clients know this. But win or lose, I am confident my client was pleased with my legal services and the way I tried her case . . . of course it helps that we got a Not Guilty verdict.
I look forward to providing the same personal legal services in this new professional setting called the Beaverton Law Group, LLP.