The best we have found.
In the past 40 years, I have been unfortunate enough to have to deal with 9 lawyers in 4 personal and business injury cases and one small, routine matter. Eight of these were incompetent, dishonest, or both. Well, we needed a lawyer, fast, and I was as depressed and pessimistic as I have ever been. Then, we found Avvo and checked ratings for the bums I had worked with. Seemed to be pretty accurate. So I called a top-rated lawyer on Avvo. His receptionist put me on hold, and I finally just hung up after about 10 minutes. Then I called Ms. Willi. She listened, checked out my story, and took the case, although it was extremely complicated and facing an imminent deadline. I believe that she felt that the "good guys" (us) had got the short end of the stick and needed support, and she gave us that support. On very short notice, she put in long hours to get up to speed on the facts and the law, developed evidence that even I had not thought of, found law to support our case from her considerable experience, and defeated an specious motion for summary judgment. She avoided the dirty tricks of the opposing lawyer and guided us to a successful settlement through mediation. Much of that success rested on Ms. Willi's preparation -- she had prepared so well that she could have gone to trial on the day of mediation. None of this "Let's try this and then see what we need to do next." No, she was READY, and loaded for bear. The resolution of the case involved an extremely unusual contract between the parties, a contract that actually benefited everyone involved. Some of the unusual ideas came from the mediator and the parties to the suit, and Ms. Willi gave these other ideas weight equal to her own ideas. In other words, she never stopped listening. You hear lots of sharp lawyer practice justified by "I'm just protecting my client's legal rights." Well, Ms. Willi does that, and fights for the moral right, as well. If you want to see what you can get away with, choose some other lawyer. If you want to do right, choose Ms. Willi. I think you will find her particularly good with complex commercial litigation, appeals even up to the Supreme Court, cases with complicated facts and evidence, cases with unusual law, and cases that require creative ideas for settlement. I didn't work much with her husband (also a lawyer), but I could see that they make a good team when needed, especially with copyright and trademark issues. I used to say that I never met a lawyer who was both honest and competent. I can't say that, now, after working with the honest and competent Ms. Willi.