Types Of Services

Clients seek our services in a variety of contexts, ranging from a simple inquiry to the handling of major and costly litigation. We offer clients a variety of representation options tailored to their financial resources and the circumstances of their matter. Our services are usually in one or more of the following categories:

Traditional Legal Services For Clients

  • Consultation, advice, evaluation and assessment
  • Planning and legal document preparation
  • Negotiation and settlement of potential and actual disputes, agreements and contracts
  • Preparation of legal pleadings
  • Court appearances
  • Prosecution and defense of disputed claims and issues, including presentation of evidence, oral and written advocacy, and preparation of trial and appellate briefs
  • Mediation, arbitration, referee and private judging services

Online and Mobile Services

It is rarely necessary for clients to visit our offices. We conduct most of our consultation, reporting, strategy and case management communications with clients via the internet and telephone communications. Many of our clients reside or work outside of San Francisco. Some are located in other states or countries.

We maintain state-of-the-art Internet communication and thus are able to serve clients from anywhere that internet or telephone service is available. Modern internet communication services allow for ongoing communication regarding document revisions, dialogue "chats" and transmittal and signature of documents. We provide consultation, advice, planning, and document review and revision services using online techniques. Our clients have included persons residing in other states or countries or who are disabled, including vision and hearing impairments.

With cell phones and mobile devices we are able to be in constant communication with our clients with minimal delay and loss of availability.

Lower Cost Alternatives - Limited Scope - "Unbundled Services"

In recent decades the high cost of legal services has forced clients with limited financial resources to represent themselves in negotiations, transactions, planning, and legal proceedings. Our services for persons with limited resources are focused on designing an action plan to utilize our services in a way that maximizes the value that a trained lawyer can bring to the most important aspects of the client's matter, within the confines of the client's budgetary constraints. Our goal in such cases is to offer hope and effectiveness to clients with limited resources and raise their chances for equal justice. Such matters are not a mere "sideline" to our practice, but present us with some of the most challenging opportunities for creativity.

Our menu of services offer to clients an array of choices to pick the most effective alternatives within their budgetary limits that include some or all of the following:

Limited Service Planning and Consultation

Options Include:

  • Email, telephone, or office consultation to review client's objectives and proposed plans or strategies;
  • Recommendations and suggestions for drafting or planning options to enhance client's achievement of planning goals;
  • Review of legal documents regarding the legal effect, consequences, and clarity of standard forms prepared by others or sold on the Internet; and
  • Availability for ongoing on telephone, email and Internet consultations as requested;

Coaching in Court, Arbitration and Mediation Proceedings

Options include:

  • Review and understand client's version of evidence, review other available documentation and testimony, and provide an objective opinion of each party's rights and obligations;
  • Advise client on legal procedures, discovery and preparations for negotiations, including review or drafting of pleadings and motion papers;
  • Evaluate offers and proposals from the other side, recommend bargaining moves and concessions, assist client when negotiations reach an impasse and suggest approaches and creative approaches to resolve impasses;
  • Provide advice and assistance re trial procedures, rules of evidence, presentation of testimony and exhibits, and argument presentation techniques and themes.
  • Draft, edit and revise legal briefs and motion papers, including legal research, citation of authorities, and distinction of conflicting precedents.
  • Provide information and advice, drafting and technical assistance on post-trial statements of decision and appeal matters.

Limited Scope Representation in Court Proceedings.

Limited scope representation in court matters allows the attorney to be counsel of record for only limited issues or for a particular hearing or motion. For example, a party might self-represent for many phases of the proceedings and conduct their own negotiations, but may want to hire an attorney to prepare the matter for trial or handle the trial only. Other examples would include using an attorney solely for the issue of child custody or for the issue of support or some limited combination in family law matters.

Limited scope representation in court can be combined with other non-court services as part of a package of options if available within the client's budget.

Alternative and Creative Dispute Resolution Services

We also offer services for persons who are represented by other attorneys or who represent themselves. These services include:

  • Mediation services. As a mediator, we facilitate negotiation and resolution of disputes by helping parties find common ground and creative solutions to problems that lead to disputes. These services may include assistance with preparation of court forms, and preparation of settlement agreements.
  • Arbitration services. Arbitrators resolve disputes pursuant to written agreements to arbitrate issues. Such services include conducting hearings and issuing written decisions that can be enforced by courts.
  • Court appointed special master, referee, and private judging services. In these issues we provide flexible, cost effective alternatives to help parties manage the timing and scheduling of their cases, resolve discovery matters, make findings and/or recommendations to the Court on discreet issues, or act under appointment by the Court as a private judge to help parties circumvent the cost and delay of court proceedings.