We believe the practice of law is a profession, not a trade, which demands an undertaking based on fidelity as well as competence. Although there are material considerations, we believe that the accumulation of wealth and the building of law firm dynasties are not the measure of success as a lawyer. Our lawyers are carefully screened to confirm they will not only do quality work, but will share our attitude that the respect of our clients and our peers is more valuable than being listed among the largest firms. In order to retain this respect, we recognize we must perform quality work at a reasonable price. We understand our clients have a right to demand quality and excellence which goes beyond the standard of providing competent representation, and even beyond responding to their needs and protecting them from their adversaries. The standard we strive to meet means working with our clients to create and carry out strategies for the client's success, not merely our own. It means more than just understanding the law -- it also means understanding our clients' needs and how best to help them fulfill these needs. As counsel to defendants in civil litigation, we recognize we must understand the financial pressures on our clients which not only influence the fees they are willing to pay for legal services, but also their litigation management style. We recognize that as much as we like to try cases and win, our greatest contribution is to help our clients manage their businesses to show a profit, whether involving trials or otherwise. We do this by not only helping them resist non-meritorious claims, but by providing timely and accurate information upon which our clients can rely in conducting business. By doing so, we are part of our clients' teams and share their successes.