Life, Law and Litigation Expertise at Hecht Schondorf
For the Professional Record
Put simply, at Hecht Schondorf, we pursue justice and fairness on behalf of people who have been wronged by others, whether in their personal or business lives.
Choosing your right legal ally is critically important. Many people will choose a litigation attorney with years of experience, multiple trials under their belts, those who’ve “won” a lot of cases or even seem like “bit bulls.” These are all good selection criteria, but when it comes to your case, your trial, your future, and your justice, we suggest you look further and consider the following traits that you can count on with a Hecht Schondorf litigator.
- Unbridled Confidence
No trial attorney makes right decisions every time. You’re constantly bombarded with new information, new presentations of facts and the need for decisions on demand. The real skill, even when it seems like you’ve taken a hit in the courtroom is to seem un-phased, undaunted; to appear confident and assured that you have something in reserve that will save the day and case.
2. Courtroom Credibility
From the second he or she walks into a courtroom, a great trial lawyer is out to build credibility with the jury, judge, the client, opposing counsel and every person in the room. Credibility comes across in more than knowledge of the law; it’s how you hold and present yourself and while that can be learned, it’s mostly earned through external and internal victories.
3. Civility and a Warm, Engaging Style
In a courtroom, nice guys do finish first. Trials are often won with personality and likeability working on behalf of an attorney. Do you need to be Clarence Darrow or Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird? Their courtroom manners are fictitious. We deal in real life so our lawyers are inherently nice people who remain civil even when the opposition is waging uncivil war.
4. Competitive Spirit and the Need to Win
Someone said, “Nobody remembers who finished second except the person who finished second.” That kind of hits us where we live – we’re far from arrogant, but have to admit we like to win and our resumes reflect that with victories in legal courts and on tennis courts and top spots earned on Law Reviews. We don’t believe in winning at all costs, however. That’s too steep a moral price to pay.
5. A Belief in Hearing.
We don’t mean hearing as “your presence before a judge;” we believe in hearing as listening. When you’re interviewing a lawyer, pay attention to how much he or she blabbers versus listens to you. Out ears and minds are always open.
6. Realization that a Trial May Not be the Best Idea
Trials are not only tough things to win; they’re tough to go through. Your life can be placed under a neon spotlight that shows every blemish. Long-time relationships can be tested, stretched and snapped in two. It’s expensive. Trials can take forever to settle and you can remain unsettled inside for years. (Aside from that, they’re great.) At Hecht Schondorf, we prefer arbitration and mediation first. We believe there’s little glory in a pyrrhic victories and prefer working with clients who want to work things out for everyone.
Hecht Schondorf Litigation Services
- Consumer and business contracts
- Shareholder and partner disputes
- concerns, issues and disputes
- Professional malpractice litigation
- Commercial litigation and The Uniform Commercial Code
- Construction litigation
- Federal program funding appeals
- Representation in catastrophic injury cases
- First party insurance claims
That’s not a popular phrase these days. I understand, but litigation is only a blast for me because I enjoy the feeling, the power; I enjoy being in front of a live audience and performing on stage (no cell phone flashlights please), but things can get blown up, relationships can be leveled; there can be fallout and it can rain dough for many years before a “seeming” victory is in hand. I’m not a fan of Pyrrhic victories and prefer working with clients who want to work things out versus staging a confrontation.