Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Choose Epstein, Englert, Staley & Coffey?

Experience     In the areas in which we practice, our attorneys have the same level of experience as the most senior partners in large law firms. We provide this experience to our clients on a direct basis, with the attorney who is the client contact actually performing the services.

Efficiency     Because we do not use a leveraged associate model, our clients avoid paying for on-the-job training of associates and other inefficiencies that inevitably arise when multiple lawyers work on a matter that can be handled by a single attorney. This means that our clients have direct access to a seasoned attorney and do not have to worry about their work being delegated to associates with minimum billing requirements to satisfy.

Personalized Service     We believe that clients hire attorneys and not law firms. Our clients work with the same attorney on an ongoing basis. Many of our clients switched from large firms to our firm because they understand and appreciate the benefits of working regularly with one experienced attorney who is personally responsive to their needs.

How does Epstein, Englert, Staley & Coffey compete with larger firms and the resources they offer?

Technology has leveled the playing field. The efficiency with which business and real estate transactions, as well as litigation matters, can be handled has dramatically increased because of technology. For example, most transactions can be effectively handled by one attorney because documents are negotiated and sent via the Internet directly without the need for a large support staff.

Computers and the Internet now facilitate efficient and comprehensive legal research without the need for a large library. Historically, large firms maintained costly libraries which were only available internally to members of the firm.

The Internet provides large firms and small firms alike with equal access to public information, including all public company filings.

Does Epstein, Englert, Staley & Coffey have adequate capacity as a small firm to service all of my needs?

When prospective clients ask us about our capacity, we find that they are actually asking the following two questions:

Is there adequate back-up if a matter requires more than one attorney?

Yes. Although we find that most matters can be handled by one experienced attorney, for those occasions when a matter requires two or more attorneys, we turn first to the other members of the firm and then to our network of specialty contract lawyers and paralegals.

If we believe that we can not properly staff a matter within our specializations, we will help the client find another firm to undertake the work. For example, our practice does not include IPO's and we have assisted our clients in finding larger firms who can assist them with these needs. Our experience, however, has been that we have the capacity to handle almost all of the matters within our specializations.

What if a client needs legal assistance in areas other than our fields of specialization?

With respect to matters that are not within our practice areas, we have developed a network of attorneys to whom we send our clients. For instance, we have established relationships with local attorneys specializing in areas such as employment, bankruptcy, intellectual property, land use and environmental litigation.

We refer clients to different specialists in a particular field depending upon our assessment of the needs of our clients. This provides us more flexibility than lawyers in larger firms who send clients only to other members of the firm.