Since I started this practice thirty years ago, well over a hundred people have worked with me. Most people have been employed first in a contract capacity to participate in a particular case or project and were then asked to stay on. We also maintain a short list of people whom we will call if a contract opportunity comes along, but that list is usually for special projects that may require particular skills, such as web development, document coding, database design, data visualization, technical support, graphic arts, programming, language fluency, specific research abilities, and other academic backgrounds.

This is a concept shop, a firm that is part law practice, part think tank, and part training enterprise. I put high value on creativity and intelligence, original thinking and self-motivation. Discretion, the ability to keep confidences, and taking personal responsibility for the work you do and the promises you make are absolutely essential. I look for active minds who can work well in groups. The ability to task and manage oneself is a must.

We get hired because we have good ideas and good ideas are always in demand. We know how to adjust quickly to changing circumstances; our operations need to be able to turn on a dime, to reinvent the master plan, and to crash and reboot a whole project without a tear being shed. We actually believe in the creativity of chaos and uncertainty. We pride ourselves on being different in what we do and how we do it. We operate more like a primitive hunting clan for whom dinner is no sure thing. The difference here is that we hunt ideas.

To survive in a think jungle, in a law practice or any other enterprise going at Internet speed, seizing opportunities is oxygen. In order to see and then to seize every opportunity, we try to work together as an ensemble: listening and responding to each other's music, instead of all moving the bow across the string in the same direction. I don't work this way because it is trendy or more democratic, but because it allows good minds to move faster, and quick responses are the best competitive edge. I integrate visionary thinking, experimentation, intuition and creativity into this consulting legal practice not to transcend, but to succeed in the very real world of the trial lawyer. The first and last credo is that we enter every case to win.

Only people who are psychologically capable can do this job, since the demands (the ones I make as well as the ones dictated by events) can be significant mental, physical, and emotional challenges. The work I ask people to do is more literate, more analytical, more aesthetic, and more methodically scientific than most legal work. It also takes a far broader bandwidth of knowledge and intellectual curiosity than what it takes to follow the legal opinions that came down last week. People with broad interests or experience in the arts, science, technology, and current events tend to do better here than folks who have just wanted to be lawyers since they were in utero. We look for the intellectually mature person who can work with discipline, somebody who can fathom the big picture but still focus on the small details.

I believe in managing people's time as a precious resource. There's a quiet urgency about everything, but my idea of time well spent is more ambitious than what's billable; testing new methods and ideas is seen as a wise time investment. Since we are in business to support ourselves, progress in the work we do for clients always takes priority; but, we try to press equally hard teaching ourselves how to do what we do better next time. We try to think practically in the short term and strategically over the long term. We go for the art in the work. We are always up against the wall, but very calmly, and with no blindfold.