Why JRW Law?
We only take strong cases.
Our business model is to only accept a case if we are fully prepared to sue it out and go to trial. Accordingly, we are very selective about the cases we take on. This means that even if we think there’s a good chance that the person or entity who caused you to suffer harm will settle early to avoid the expense or publicity of a lawsuit, you won’t become our client unless we truly believe your case has merit and you should win at trial.
We take this approach because we value our reputation; our track record of only bringing meritorious lawsuits has earned us the respect of the lawyers on the other side, as well as the courts we practice before. This ultimately helps us achieve favorable outcomes for our clients.
Please understand that if we pass on your case, it doesn’t mean we don’t think someone caused you to suffer harm. It only means we don’t think we can win your case.
We will work your case hard.
Some plaintiffs’ lawyers’ approach is to take on as many clients as they can sign up, send out a threatening letter to the other side, and sit on the case if it doesn’t settle pre-lawsuit.
At JRW Law, on the other hand, we only take a few strong cases and spend the time, energy, and resources necessary on those cases to help our clients achieve favorable outcomes. If the other side does the right thing and offers to settle for an equitable amount early in the process, great. But if not, we will sue the wrongdoer and vigorously prepare to win your case at trial.
Outfitted with cloud-based technology that the stodgy law firms we typically go up against are slow to embrace, we can access any document from any one of our cases from any place in seconds; we can access our complete calendars in every case in seconds; and we can even look up any case, law, rule, or regulation ever published from any device with an internet connection in seconds. Our utilization of technology, of course, frees up time for us to work our clients’ cases. Even though the other side may throw a legion of lawyers against us, we can outwork and out-litigate our opponent in every case by harnessing the power of a fully digital, paperless law office to be more organized, efficient, mobile, and agile.
Our reputation for providing zealous advocacy means the other side is well aware we don’t just shake the money tree and move on if nothing falls out; they know we’re tenacious litigators who are going to work your case hard. Thus, when deciding whether or not to share in the risks of litigation, they must factor in that going up against us will require them to spend substantial time and resources on their defense.
Although a trial is a beautiful thing in the sense that opposing parties have agreed to adhere to the rule of law by settling their differences through formal, non-violent means, it also represents a colossal failure. Specifically, it shows that after expending significant amounts of time and money arguing, the parties still couldn’t resolve their dispute on their own and needed a third party to step in and transform an opportunity ripe for collaboration and compromise into a zero-sum game.
But even though we recognize that trial shouldn’t be necessary in every case, our experience has taught us that civil wrongdoers–and their lawyers, who usually get paid by the hour and therefore have perverse incentives to churn files–are seldom interested in doing the right thing and making a fair settlement offer unless they truly believe the only alternative to a negotiated agreement is going to trial and trying to convince a jury that their conduct was lawful. Put plainly, the other side is not interested in restoring justice or repairing harm; they are only concerned about protecting their money.
Accordingly, we approach every case as though litigating it to verdict is the only way for us to vindicate our clients’ rights.
But we are smart enough to recalibrate our initial litigation strategy if we obtain new information that impacts your case. We are thorough litigators who conduct extensive discovery and constantly monitor new developments in the law, therefore we frequently acquire new facts and new law over the course of a case. Sometimes this new information increases the value of the case, and sometimes it undermines our legal arguments. But in every case we will provide you with a frank, candid assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of your case and explain to you in plain English why we are advancing a particular strategy.
At bottom, a contested lawsuit is a marathon, not a sprint, and we will do everything we can to guide you to the finish line.
Even though the other side may have engaged in reprehensible conduct, our ethical obligations require us to treat our adversaries with civility and respect.
But some lawyers mistakenly believe that zealous advocacy means acting like a jerk.
Every now and then we run into civil defense lawyers who haven’t gone up against us before and think they can use dilatory, scorched-earth litigation tactics to intimidate. That approach just doesn’t work with us. At this point, we’ve lost count of the number of cases where defense counsel huffed and puffed at the outset that our clients’ claims were baseless, that their client would vigorously defend themselves, that they would move for sanctions if we didn’t voluntarily dismiss, etc., and we ended up obtaining a favorable outcome for our client.
If the other side isn’t interested in doing the right thing and sharing in the risks of litigation, our lawyers are tenacious litigators and skilled oral advocates with trial experience who know their way around a courtroom. While the primary reason why we do this work is because we’re committed to promoting civil rights and eliminating bias, we are incredibly competitive advocates who hate to lose and love to win. And we especially enjoy winning against those who abused their positions of power to infringe on the rights of vulnerable and otherwise less-powerful people.
We don’t collect legal fees unless we recover money for you.
At JRW Law, we understand that many of the people who reach out to us can’t afford to pay the exorbitant hourly fees the other side is paying its legal team. That’s why we work almost all of our cases under contingent fee arrangements, which means you won’t owe us any legal fees unless we recover for you.
Thank you for considering our firm. We hope we can work together.
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