No good thing ever happens in court. Most lawyers won't tell you this.
When a new client comes to my office, I do everything in my power to convince them not to involve attorneys. I do not relish helping grownups fight over toys in a sandbox. If I am told, "It's the principal," I ask a prospective client please to articulate said principal. Nine times out of ten, they cannot do so. For those that do come up with an answer, I then ask if the stated principal is worth $100,000.00, which is about the least they can expect to pay for litigation through trial. Clients who have not been through litigation often don't understand that the other side is likely not interested in what's right, what's fair, or what the outcome should be. Rather, the other side is probably interested in one thing: billing fees. (Note: If your lawyer has monogrammed coasters, you are paying too much in attorneys' fees.) Sadly, most lawyers are not in the business of pursuing justice, they are in the business of making money. This should change your cost-benefit analysis before pursuing litigation.
Nevertheless, unfortunately there are times when lawyers become a necessary evil. I am a pragmatist, which is an odd feature in a my profession. My clients know that I am all about efficiency and care about their bottom line. I do everything in my power to minimize fees and expedite results while delivering quality work product. I see zealous representation as a job description. If I do not believe in your case, I won't take it.
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I've known Heather since she contacted me through the State Bar's Mentor Program. She has always been an intelligent, intense and quick attorney, and has always been particularly interested in staying inside the ethical rules while vigorously representing her clients. After getting to know her sincerity about quality practice, I referred her several clients in matters ranging from litigation to general business representation. Every one, without exception, has sung her praises to me, and thanked me for the referral. Because some of the people I referred were very sophisticated consumers of legal services, who were working on time sensitive projects, I was impressed with Heather's ability to understand what a client wants to get done, and to get it done on time and on budget.
Joseph McDaniel Business Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
In the past several years that I have known and worked with Heather, I have found her to be one of the most detail oriented, focused and ethical lawyers in the industry. I have worked with Heather on several issues and would highly recommend her as a true professional.
Patrick Sampair Ethics & Professional Responsibility Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Million Dollar Club||Million Dollar Advocates||2005|
|Order of the Barristers||National Order of Barristers||1998|
|Pro Bono Distinction||Arizona State University College of Law||1998|
|Managing Member||The Hendrix Law Office||2001 - Present|
|In-house counsel||Bridgestone Multimedia||1999 - 2001|
|Intern||Phoenix City Prosecutor||1998 - 1998|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Association of Trial Lawyers of America||Member||2003 - Present|
|State Bar of Arizona, Business Law Section||Board of Governors||2002 - 2004|
|Solo Practioners' Network||Member||2001 - Present|
|Jurimetrics||The Movement from Frye to Daubert: Where Do the States Stand?||1998|
|Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|Grand Canyon University||Mathematics||BS - Bachelor of Science||1994|
|E.T.C. Roundtable||How to Litigate Having Lost All Faith in the Courts||2013|
|E.T.C. Roundtable||Why I Will Never Again Send a Client to Small Claims Court||2012|
|E.T.C. Roundtable||A New Method for Judgment Collection||2011|
|E.T.C. Roundtable||Since When Do Judges Refuse to Take the Bench? How Attorneys Can Motivate Lazy Judges||2010|
|E.T.C. Roundtable||How Long Should It Take a Lawyer To . . .||2010|
|Ethics Roundtable||The Day the Supreme Court Lost Its Mind||2009|
|E.T.C. Rountable||Ethics from the Client's Perspective||2009|
|Criminal Roundtable||Sealed Search Warrants||2009|
|Ethics Roundtable||Fee Agreement||2008|
|Ethics Roundtable||Business Continuity||2007|
|Young Lawyers' Forum||Surviving the Solo Practice||2003|