You read that right. When it comes to attorneys, “more better” is actually a thing. Let me explain.
We get inquiries all the time from prospective clients with legal issues and problems to address and resolve. Many email inquiries, some telephone calls. From here, there, and everywhere.
When we launched CLF, we were tempted to jump in and assist everyone with almost all types of legal issues and problems.
More and more, however, we need to just say no.
We are experts in certain areas of the law practice, and we specialize in those practice areas. We specialize in the areas of law where we have the most expertise and experience, and where we feel we can truly deliver exceptional value for our business clients.
Notably we are experts on and specialize in business transactions and business/ commercial dispute resolution and commercial litigation. We have a vast amount of experience in these practice areas, probably as much experience as any attorneys practicing law in the geographic areas where we practice. We are experts, experienced and efficient at handling matters in these practice areas and we can truly deliver exceptional value in these practice areas.
Have we handled other types of matters? Yes, certainly.
We handle general business matters every day, and we do so because we are experts in handling these matters and can deliver exceptional value.
Occasionally we might handle a matter outside of our core competency, most typically as an accommodation for a close friend or longtime client.
But, by and large, as we are experts and specialists in business transactions and commercial dispute resolution and litigation. We just say no when we are asked to handle other matters and we refer them out to other counsel who specialize in those practice areas unrelated to our core competency. Such areas might include divorce, malpractice, collections, bankruptcy, criminal law, etc. We have developed a network of attorneys who practice in these other practice areas outside of our core competency so the needs of our clients will not go unaddressed.
Two quotes or stories come to mind as to why we operate this way:
First, remember that folks that do a little bit of everything typically know very little about anything. They are jacks of all trades and masters of none.
Second, I recall a story told by John Kenneth Galbraith, a professor of mine during my Freshman year at Harvard. Galbreath was a Nobel Prize-winning economist, Ambassador to India and a close advisor to President Kennedy among other achievements. Galbreath explained that he was a better typist than anyone at Harvard and certainly than his secretary. Yet he explained that he let his secretary do all his typing. For while he was a better typist than his secretary, he was comparatively better than her at doing the other things that he did, be it teaching students, advising Presidents, etc.
Galbreath was, if you will, more better than his secretary at these activities than at typing.
And so it is with our lawyers. Our comparative advantage, what we are truly best at and most uniquely qualified for, where we deliver the most exceptional value, are the business transactions and commercial dispute resolution and litigation on which we focus and in which we specialize.
Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves. ~ Dale Carnegie, Writer and Lecturer