Lewis Page Provides Legal Advice to Resolve Business Disputes
Advice is the cornerstone of any representation of a client. At every step in the representation, the client needs continuing advice concerning facts known or suspected, applicable law, possible paths forward, potential risks and rewards, the possibility for a negotiated or mediated settlement, and the likely outcome of a possible trial in litigation or arbitration. Actionable legal advice must be understandable and specific. Lewis advises with candor and clarity.
Lewis Advises Based on Facts
Legal advice should be grounded on a sufficient understanding of the facts. The client is usually the first witness to describe the facts and the available paper and electronic evidence. Additional witnesses and evidence must be considered. The likelihood that any particular set of facts may be successfully proven or disproven may change as a case advances. The range of unknown relevant facts will likely shrink over time but new facts will also likely emerge.
Lewis Advises Based on Law
Legal advice is grounded on law. In the United States, judges or arbitrators decide the law, not juries. The law consists of state and federal constitutions, statutes, regulations and judicial opinions. The law changes constantly with new, amended, and repealed constitutions, statutes and regulations and through judicial decision, interpretation and reinterpretation. Lewis has a long broad history of legal education, knowledge and experience in the law and its changes. Lewis advises on the risk that unsettled law when applied to the client’s legal issues may be favorable or unfavorable.
Lewis Advises Based Upon the Likelihood of Persuasion
The perception of the facts and law that is important to resolving a business dispute is often that of the opposing party and lawyer, the neutral mediator, a jury, judge or arbitrator, or the appellate court. Happily, many clients can see themselves and the facts from their own point of view but also as others see them. To persuade anyone, the successful client and advocate must put themselves in the other side’s shoes to advance the argument that will be most persuasive to the other side or to the jury, judge or arbitrator. Lewis uses his rich experience to advise concerning how the facts and law may be perceived by others, and how to present the facts and law so that others will more likely accept them as true or possibly true. Lewis has the vantage point of an advocate for plaintiffs and defendants and for individuals and businesses. Because he also serves as an arbitrator by appointment from American Arbitration Association in other cases, he has the additional vantage point of the decider of the facts and laws in those cases as he actually decides the entire disputed case in which other lawyers act as advocates. Lewis believes he learns to be a better advocate by observing and listening to other advocates’ attempts to persuade him.
Quality Legal Advice
The quality of advice is paramount in the representation of the client. Bad legal advice may set a client down an untenable path, from which recovery is impossible or very expensive. Sound advice is more likely to result in successful resolution of a business dispute. Lewis’s knowledge and many years’ experience are the reliable, time-tested basis for good, sensible advice.
Quick Legal Advice
To learn more about Lewis’s approach to providing legal advice in an initial conference, read What Lewis Can Do For You.