The effective practice of law in the federal system requires very particularized knowledge and experience and has become more and more complex in recent years. The law of each practice area is constantly changing and requires constant update. As a result, lawyers have found that in order to master a particular practice area, it is often necessary for them to limit their practice of law to that particular area of practice.
It has also been our experience that cases in the federal system often involve overlapping legal issues from different areas of federal practice. For example, a federal criminal trial lawyer defending a charge involving an immigration crime (link), such as harboring or reentry, will often benefit from conferring with an attorney with extensive experience with immigration law. Likewise, issues involving taxation often arise in bankruptcy cases, whereby it is helpful for the lawyer handling the bankruptcy case to consult with a tax lawyer. Additionally, we have found that expert witness resources, such as computer and accounting forensics, often overlap form one area of federal practice to another.
Our federal practice group was formed, in large part, for the purpose of developing an experienced network of lawyers in federal practice who can rely on each others expertise and resources in other practice areas so that their individual and mutual clients can be most effectively represented. It has been our experience that this group practice approach has been extraordinarily helpful to our individual success and more importantly to that of our clients.
It has become common for lawyers in federal practice to concentrate their practice on very specific types of cases in order to master that particular practice area. For example, some federal criminal defense attorneys limit their practice to handling only a few types of federal crimes. Our experience bears out that the best lawyer for a federal fraud case is often different from the best lawyer for a federal drug case. Sometimes a particular educational background for the lawyer can also be helpful for a particular case. For example, in a mortgage or securities fraud case, it can be helpful if the defense attorney was once a stock broker. One of our attorney’s has exactly this experience. Even in situations where two lawyers are equally well qualified for a particular case, one may be more available at any given time because of other professional commitments.
For all of these reasons, we have found that our clients are often best served by allowing one of our lawyers to help them find the best lawyer for their particular case since our attorneys really know better than they what type of experience would best serve their case. We make the analogy that a surgeon can better find the best knee surgeon for a patient than could the patient himself. In this way, we have helped many of our clients find the best legal representation for a particular case.
We are not a group of general legal practitioners. We are a group of attorneys who have very specialized experience with very specific but related areas of federal law. Our practice group consists of several attorneys in each practice area, as well as others, which are outlined on this site. Our lawyers are chosen based on their particular experience and qualifications in their particular practice area. We are a group of lawyers who rely on each others particularized knowledge and experience on a case by case basis to provide the best possible representation for our clients.
Although we have attorney members throughout the United States, our group’s main office is located in Washington, D.C.. This allows us to more easily participate on a regular basis in legislative reform efforts which have come before Congress over which significantly affect our practice areas. Most recently, members of our group have personally attended meetings with President Obama and congressional leaders regarding the issue of immigration reform for which we hope to see legislation in the near future.
We also have offices on the west coast in San Diego and Los Angeles, CA as well as in Denver, CO, due to the significant level of demand and federal government activity in those areas. However, we have group members who practice in all federal jurisdictions nationwide who are available to provide exceptional legal services in their particular areas of federal practice.