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“Marketing Your Credibility Online”

Criminal defense lawyers are reservoirs of credibility. We work to establish it with prosecutors, judges, and witnesses . . .  not to mention the juries who adjudge our clients' fate. With potential new clients, from the moment they decide to call for the first consultation, until our case file is closed, credibility makes the attorney-client [...]

By | January 20th, 2015|"Off The Back", Practice Management and Fees|Comments Off on “Marketing Your Credibility Online”

“Defense at a Premium”

Providing clients the highest level of customer service is a top priority. Generally, high quality service results from the time we invest in a case and legion are the justifications for managing our caseloads accordingly. More time invested generally means better service. One caseload management approach is expressly rejecting new clients. However, I was never [...]

By | November 3rd, 2014|"Off The Back", Practice Management and Fees|Comments Off on “Defense at a Premium”

Forget About Marketing You . . . Instead Market Solutions

Success lies in understanding people, understanding their need, and understanding how best to relate to them. Potential criminal clients frantically searching for legal services don't shop like they're shopping for a new car or refrigerator. Instead, they are in crisis, they have an embarrassing problem, and they desperately want someone to solve it. Often being [...]

By | June 4th, 2014|Practice Management and Fees|2 Comments

The Magic of Self-Sufficiency

During summer vacation my daughter is working several afternoons a week in my Bryan-College Station criminal defense office. She's a great help to me and my permanent staff.  She's filing, packing, shredding, and doing all the other menial tasks the rest of us don't have time for. In addition to giving her opportunity to earn [...]

By | June 11th, 2013|Practice Management and Fees|Comments Off on The Magic of Self-Sufficiency

Choosing a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Choosing a criminal lawyer for your charges can be a daunting task. Most people who find themselves in search of a criminal defense attorney are not accustomed to dealing with the law and, therefore, often don't know what to look for or what to expect from a lawyer. Many people begin their search with a [...]

By | January 8th, 2013|Practice Management and Fees|Comments Off on Choosing a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Lawyer Advertising

For good or bad, websites, search engines, and Googlebot are facts of advertising life. If Bryan|College Station defense attorneys want to be seen - if they want to get phone calls - they must understand how the system works and use it to their advantage. Face it, most criminal lawyers need to advertise if they [...]

By | January 8th, 2013|Practice Management and Fees|Comments Off on Lawyer Advertising

Adjusting Client Expectations

Shawn Matlock recently posted about the "The Business of Winning." He made some important points about the practical aspects of the criminal justice system including the reality of plea bargaining. Shawn stated: "There are degrees of winning, and there are degrees of losing. A win for one client is a loss for another. Every case [...]

By | January 8th, 2013|Practice Management and Fees|Comments Off on Adjusting Client Expectations

Setting Fees In Criminal Cases

I've been practicing criminal law in College Station exclusively since 1990 and I still think hard when setting fees. Besides a lawyer's competence and experience the next most important issue to the client is how much the representation will cost. The fee should compensate the attorney appropriately for the effort they anticipate expending for the [...]

By | January 8th, 2013|Practice Management and Fees|Comments Off on Setting Fees In Criminal Cases