THE FIRM’S PHILOSOPHY
The most important ingredient to the successful attorney/client relationship is the client’s trust in the judgment and advice of its attorney. We find that we can best maintain that trust by being mindful of our role in the local government.
Our philosophy of service is grounded in these basic principles:
We are lawyers, not managers. As city attorneys, we provide legal advice to city councils (and their advisory bodies) and staff; we do not meddle in managerial responsibilities that rightfully belong to the City Manager and his or her staff.
We are lawyers, not policy makers. As city attorneys, we strive to provide clear, understandable and independent legal advice. Our job is to evaluate and communicate options, keep our cities out of trouble and leave policy-making to the persons elected to do that job.
We are lawyers, not politicians. As city attorneys, we provide the same advice to all members of a city council and give the advice we think is legally correct. We steer clear of local politics.
The firm’s lawyers are active and highly regarded in their field. We strive to be thoughtful and creative lawyers and we enjoy proven track records in challenging and diverse municipal environments.