After graduating from Yale Law School in 1982, George L. Paul practiced as a business litigation lawyer at the Phoenix law firm of Lewis and Roca, LLP. George now works within his own business, professional and ethical model that differs markedly from that of today's big firms. The economic times demand change. Clients continue to demand great service but will no longer tolerate large firms' inefficiencies. Qualified lawyers must embrace emerging techniques in many areas -- or risk getting left behind. As an author of two books and numerous articles in technology law, and as an adviser to federal rule makers about the future of our legal system, George prides himself on making full use of technology so that he can save time, lower overhead, and therefore conserve the resources of his clients. Free of the billing and other monetary incentives of the big firm, George remains wedded to the following principles:
- Integrity, including recommendation of no more legal work than is necessary
- Excellent results as a consequence of skill and, importantly, wise strategic decisions
- Transparency in billing with daily updates if requested.
- Creative fee arrangements and use of billing rates that reflect lower overhead
- The need to manage, coordinate or support the work of other lawyers or in house legal departments facing special challenges, with an eye on strategy and budgeted cost
- Importance of zealous advocacy when trying cases in all types of adversary proceedings.