I have had two very significant professional experiences with David over the years and he has helped me so much that I feel I need to share this with others so that they may find him. He does not need more business; this is public service message.
The first time he helped me was to help resolve my deceased mother's estate. As anyone who has experienced this situation knows, the death of a parent is very sad and very stressful. It is also a time where family disagreements can emerge. I needed help getting my mother's small estate settled. My siblings and I could not agree on the method to do this. David initially was consulted to help all of us mutually. It ended up he represented me. He helped get this potentially bad experience resolve by guiding us to a very reputable and experienced third-party manager who for a very modest fee worked with all of us to settles the estate. David handled this with understanding, thoroughness and skill.
The second professional interaction that I have had with David was with the unfortunate ending of my marriage from my spouse who I very much still love. This was the most significantly sad and distressing event of my whole life. Initially my ex-wife and I tried to use a 100 percent collaborative approach to our divorce. We had several young children and significant personal assets, and our mutual goal was to have a healthy, stable family relationship as an end result. As an inherent part of the collaborative approach, it was necessary to have both parties be represented by their own counsel. This led to the almost inevitable conflict as each lawyer represented their own client's best interest. A more adversarial type of divorce process developed as time went on.
The end result was that I think occurred was the best possible outcome for me, my ex-wife and our children other than if a divorce and the reason for it had never occurred.
David contributed very significantly to making this happen. I was very sad and very anxious during the process. He made himself available to me and provided careful, thorough and compassionate advice in a way that made it seem as I was his only client. That obviously was not the case. He has many clients who he was helping with similarly important matters.
Not only did David provide me with expert legal advice but he provided me with very insightful personal advice to help me stay in the right frame of mind. When I would go off course in my thinking, he very solidly steered me back to a productive thought process in a non-judgmental manner. I never asked him how much he thought that the process would cost because I would have paid any price to have things turn out well. In the end, while the process was not inexpensive, the costs that I paid for his legal services were such a high value considering the amount and quality of advice that he provided to me.
I think that David and I had a particularly good working relationship because we have a similar personality and way of thinking. He is very methodical, likes to his explain his thought process and the nuances to the decision-making process. He makes it very clear that the law and outcomes, especially in matters such as this are not black and white nor predictable. I understood and accepted that reality. Some people may come to the situation wanting their lawyer to tell them with certainty what will happen. Some people would only be confident in their attorney if there was arrogance and bluster. That type of person would not likely find David to be their best fit. For me, he was the perfect fit though. I told him many times that I felt like he was what it would be like if I had an older, much smarter brother who happened to be a lawyer. He cared that much about me and my case.