For the last decade or so, there has been a growing effort in the world of civil litigation to mimic or otherwise replicate the efforts of private equity companies to acquire, consolidate, and expand legal practices. Law firms which began with merely a handful of attorneys twenty years ago now have attorney directories that read more like telephone books than the traditional attorney mastheads of years past.
With the loosening of multi-district practice rules and requirements, the advent of “Big Law” is upon us – no different than “Big Tech” or “Big Pharma” – with firms of 300, 500, and even 1000 lawyers offering to be all things to all potential clients. Unfortunately, with every such inorganic expansion whereby a law firm slaps a new sign on a door and incorporates strangers into their practice, the soul of the legal profession is damaged just a bit further.
Law firms and the attorneys that serve them should not be based on who is the “biggest” or who has the most offices. The practice of law should always be about relationships – relationships between lawyers within a firm, and relationships between lawyers and their clients. When law firm expansion akin to private equity consumption results in completely unconnected and uninvested lawyers posing as “partners” in an expansive conglomerate only tangentially connected to the true purpose of legal practice, everyone suffers. While surely there are individual lawyers in such “Big Law” firms who are great individuals and great attorneys, there is a reality that quality, consistency, and institutional knowledge are diminished each and every time the “core” of the fundamental aspects of the firm are chipped away. In more simple terms, “death by a thousand substandard additions” is just as harmful as “death by a thousand cuts.”
Our commitment is simple. Rolfes Henry will never do that. Rolfes Henry attorneys value relationships and the consistency that more than three decades of practice have brought to our firm. While we also expect to add quality, dedicated attorneys to our lineup, we will never sacrifice the core principles of this Firm for the sake of expansion. With slightly more than three dozen attorneys, we have grown organically at the rate of a bit more than one attorney addition in each of our 33 years in business. Our clients have come to know and respect this thoughtful, purposeful means of expanding our practice areas with their interests in mind – not our own self-interest in some dystopian view that only the strongest or biggest will survive. If that conservatism of thought and action means that Rolfes Henry will never reach some magical threshold of a number of attorneys, or will not have an office in Portland, Oregon, then so be it.
Contrary to those “Big Law” firms, our clients mean more to us than artificial expansion does – which, in fact, means nothing to us at all. Because invariably, such artificial expansion results in a substandard practice: less qualified and unvetted attorneys are added to the roster; rates are increased unnecessarily to cover new overhead; and “institutional insight” begins to mean nothing. We will not allow that to happen at Rolfes Henry.
We will serve our clients’ needs. We will meet our clients’ expectations. And we will do so by putting one foot in front of the other, year after year, and being the kind of firm that our clients and business partners have come to rely upon – not some modified 21st-century version of what “Big Law” thinks a law firm should be.
Guided by integrity. Governed by principle. Ready for anything.
Our Goal is to Get The Best Results For You
What our clients have really come to expect from us as a firm goes back decades. Our clients always know where they stand with the matter that they’ve entrusted to us to handle for them. We have always had the philosophy from the very beginning of this firm to respond to communications right away and provide the service that our existing clients have come to count on as part of their relationship with us.
For a prospective client of Rolfes Henry, what you’re going to expect from us is a wide-ranging and passionate concern for your wellbeing, a high concentration on detail, on moving your file along to the proper conclusion.
Our goal is to be better than the firm that you worked with in the past. We want to show our passion for everything that you stand for is going to be forefront in everybody’s mind. And the only way to do that is through the results that we can offer to the clients.
Every client has one desire, fundamentally. Every client wants their problem fixed. We’re here to fix that problem. That’s what we do. Whatever you need us for, we’re here. Because it’s the relationship that matters to us.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
“With the highest level of professionalism, Rolfes Henry Attorney John A. Fiocca, Esq. kindly guided me through my legal journey of successfully proving to the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board that I did not violate the Ohio Veterinary Practice Act.”
“You do a fantastic job!”
“Thank you once again for this detailed and insightful response, Jerry. Appreciate the time you put into this.”
“Excellent job on this one!!!!! Jerry did an outstanding job of trial prep and his presentation to the jury was flawless.”
“Please accept my personal thanks for the very fine work you did for the Homeowners’ Association. You were diligent, efficient, and cautious as always. The advice you gave in leading us through the labyrinth of legalese exemplifies the meaning of ‘Counsel’.”