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My wife Melanie Leary and I went to law School together and have practiced together since 1994. We represent people and small businesses in a variety of matters with an emphasis on real estate, contracts, and business disputes. We do not handle criminal, family law, personal injury or probate matters. Over the years, we have handled hundreds of cases, over 100 trials, and more than 30 appeals.
Legal fees in Seattle have become insane, and it can be difficult to find representation on terms that make sense. When we formed ourown firm in 2013, we decided to leave the rat race and find a way to find balance in our lives. Our two sons were in grade and middle school, and we were missing out on too much of their lives. We reduced our hourly rates from $350 to $250, and they have not changed. We cut our case loads to recover our evenings and weekends, and we decided to only take cases we believed in. To our amazement, we discovered that we can have pleasant lives representing people we care about and still having a life.
We believe that attorneys should be part of the solution, not part of the problem. To a degree, legal matters largely have become vicious fights where nothing less than the destruction of the opponent will suffice. As we see it, too many lawyers encourage this attitude, which just drives up the expense and unhappiness for everyone. We think that our job is to help clients identify and achieve an elegant outcome as efficiently and painlessly as possible. Sometimes that can be achieved with negotiation and agreement, and other times it requires a sustained fight through trial. We will do whatever is necessary, but we do not start fights or make unreasonable arguments.
Our approach to the practice of law was summed up very well by Ralph Waldo Emerson. "The good lawyer is not the man who has an eye to every side and angle of contingency,and qualifies all his qualifications, but who throws himself on your part so heartily, that he can get you out of a scrape."