Whether a project is large or small, I work with each client to make sure their needs are met, which includes me familiarizing myself enough with the project and the context of that project within a client's larger goals to advise the client if there are needs the client was not aware of and had not considered. And I'm willing to take the time to do this before a client chooses to retain me. I want to ensure as much as possible that the attorney-client relationship will be worthwhile on both ends before working with a client, because I want my clients happy, I want my clients to feel free to turn to me if new issues arise, and I want my client to speak well of me to people they know.
I enjoy helping people work their way out of their problems, and I enjoy helping my clients reach their goals. Working in various aspects of intellectual property law, I also find myself working through interesting legal issues and working with innovative and entrepreneural people, which I also enjoy and which also often provides a worthwhile learning experience for me.
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I would either meet with a client or - what is more customary now due to Covid-19 - talk to the client on the phone - to discuss the client's project, needs, expectations, etc. I'm willing to do this fairly extensivlely before a client chooses to retain my services, and I encourage clients to send me written materials for me to review before choosing to work with me.
Also, my approach is typically to talk to a new client to understand their needs, provide an estimate of what the costs will be for me to take on the project, and if approved, I stick with the estimate, even if I have to spend more time than originally anticipated, unless something new comes up that wasn't contemplated by the client and me, in which case I seek approval to raise the estimate accordingly. A client's bill should not come as a surprise when working with me.
I've been an attorney for almost 18 years, and I have both a broad range of experiences as an attorney - working at a big firm, small firms, my own practice, and working with large clients, small start-ups, and individuals; and likewise, my educational background is broad, with an undergraduate degree in philosophy and an M.S. in biochemistry to go along with my law degree. I also worked for several years between college and law school, largely in laboratory positions.