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Practice Philosophy for Arnold Law

At Arnold Law, in Eugene, Oregon, you can count on working closely with a litigation team committed to achieving the results you deserve. Call us at 541-338-9111 or send us an e-mail today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced trial lawyers.

Preparation Is the Key

The experienced trial lawyers at our firm prepare for every case as if it is going to trial. We plan for every contingency and work hard to stay ahead of our opponents as the events of a case unfold. That preparation helps us create the leverage we need to maximize your settlement so you can get the results you deserve.

Our trial lawyers spend the time and confer with the experts up front to properly prepare for each case. We go into each case with the assumption that it is going to trial. This preparation allows us to work toward maximizing settlements and achieving the results you deserve. It is our experience that this approach saves attorney fees in the long run because it allows you a more realistic evaluation of the merits of your case when entertaining settlement offers, thus preventing expensive trials in cases that can be settled.

A Team Approach to Litigation

At Arnold Law we look at every case as a team effort. The team consists of your lawyers, Arnold Law support staff, experts, investigators, and YOU.

Let’s break this down, starting with YOU: You as the client are a vital part of the legal team. You have been living the events that have led up to this litigation. You are often the best person to consult for historical information and background. Clients have also been known to come up with some very creative and strategic legal ideas. Because of this, we encourage clients to brainstorm ideas and we listen to them carefully. Of course, without legal training, many ideas of clients are legally impossible or invalid, but that’s okay. Because there is often a gem in there that even the lawyers didn’t think of.

Next, are the lawyers. Picking a lawyer or team of lawyers is often the most important decision a person makes in their life if the stakes of the case are high enough. Let’s take a divorce for example. Many people say that picking a spouse is the most difficult/important choice. That’s true on many levels, but you can divorce them; the choice isn’t permanent. If you choose a divorce lawyer poorly, you might be saddled permanently with their financial errors (i.e., support, missing assets, improperly divided retirement accounts, etc.). If you pick a assets, improperly divided retirement accounts, etc.). If you pick a criminal defense lawyer poorly, you may face the permanent consequences from a prison cell or at the unemployment office.

Cutting Edge Use of Experts

Your legal team often also consists of expert witnesses and investigators. Due to the breadth of our practice areas (complex business litigation, high-asset divorce, wrongful death, and major felony criminal defense), our lawyers have relationships with experts in many different fields.

We often — to the surprise of opposing counsel — will use a bio-mechanical expert we know from personal injury law in a criminal case. Or we will use a business valuator that we know from high-asset divorce litigation in a complex commercial litigation case. Or we will come up with cutting edge ideas based on the latest literature in the field of forensic psychology to utilize an expert in the formation of memories on the issue of confirmation bias in investigations. The list is long and important, because it wins trials or wins settlements that greatly benefit our client.

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A Law Firm of the Right Size

Arnold Law is a law firm in the traditional sense: We have one founder/owner and associate attorneys who work for the firm. However, we are not a top-heavy firm with more partners than associates where the firm seemingly exists to keep feeding the machine that is Big Law. Instead, Arnold Law exists because we love what we do. We also love the collegial environment that a boutique firm of our size allows.

A sole practitioner without a support team may be too small to handle a big and complex case and a large firm with dozens or hundreds of lawyers may be too desperate to feed their overhead. Small boutique firms have the best of both worlds: two or more attorneys who can bounce ideas off of each other and be available when the lead attorney might be in court on another case. Remember, the biggest advantage to hiring a trial lawyer is that they are in court a lot. But that’s also a disadvantage when you are trying to contact them.

However, you don’t want the firm so large that you are paying over-inflated fees to feed the pyramid scheme that is the large law firm (multiple associates and staff feeding a top-heavy, partner-rich firm) and the expensive trappings that go with that (i.e., fancy offices, expensive views, and excessive staff.).

However, juxtapose that with the sole practitioner who basically shuts down or goes to crisis mode when they have support staff turnover, a vacation, or a few too many cases.

Our Size Allows Flexibility for Each Case

Our firm’s structure allows us to give each case the appropriate resources that it deserves in line with the client’s goals. If a client has a cost saving goal, then they may elect to have an associate attorney handle their case, knowing that the managing owner, who is a trial attorney, oversees their work and gives guidance. This allows clients to have the best of both worlds: the oversight of the managing owner, a litigator herself, with the cost-saving advantage of an associate attorney to do the day-to-day work.

For the more complex cases in the firm, two attorneys may be assigned to the case, particularly in commercial litigation and complex criminal defense. Two attorneys on a case has several advantages. Primarily, it allows an experienced attorney on the case with an associate attorney to bill less money per hour on tasks not requiring the managing owner. This allows money to go much farther and also saves costs through efficiencies (lawyers are assigned tasks based on their strengths). This way we can avoid billing partner rates for research projects or discovery projects, for instance.

The old adage that “two heads are better than one” also holds true. Part of becoming experienced is acquiring wisdom. And wisdom is often knowing what you don’t know. Oftentimes, it’s the young associate attorney (or even the client) who comes up with the fresh perspective in a case that proves to be the game winning idea.

Another reason that two heads are better than one is because we are a trial firm. Clients hire us because we are trial lawyers. This means sometimes we are in trial and unavailable on other cases. Having another lawyer up-to-speed assists greatly in these instances.

Candor and Trust

You have to feel comfortable with your attorney choice. Meet them. Shake their hand. Understand their practice philosophy and see if that comports with your goals in your case. If not, keep looking.

You have to trust your attorney. We don’t care if you’re hiring Clarence Darrow or Perry Mason: if you don’t get a good, positive vibe when meeting them, look elsewhere. And that’s okay. Litigation is a long haul and if you don’t feel comfortable in hiring your lawyer, you (and your lawyer) are going to be miserable. You have to be able to trust your attorney on so many levels, from their assessment of your case to their billing statements.

Speak to a Trial Lawyer Today

At our firm, our lawyers don’t just dabble in litigation. We prepare every case for trial even if our ultimate goal is to achieve a settlement. That way, if a settlement cannot be achieved, you and your case are prepared for presentation to a court. Contact us today to speak to an attorney about your case.

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