Northern Virginia   &
Washington, D.C.
P.O. Box 216
Catharpin, Virginia 20143
Tel: +1-202-467-6200
Fax: +1-202-293-4395

This page highlights Richter, Miller & Finn's general practices concerning accepting new work or new engagements for prospective new clients.

We are selective about undertaking new work or new engagements for prospective new clients for many reasons. If you wish to consider engaging the law firm or a particular lawyer in the law firm for a new matter, you will first need to contact us for preliminary discussions. Upon such initial contact, we will ask you a series of questions to determine whether it is possible for us to represent or provide services for you and to determine whether it appears likely that we would be able to provide useful assistance or services for you based upon your objectives.

During such initial discussions, we may assist you in refining or redefining your objectives or in learning that certain objectives not until then known to you may be possible or economic to pursue. We always treat information disclosed during such initial contact and discussions as confidential, and we do not charge for discussions or analyses during initial contact or discussions.

If, as a result of the initial discussions with a possible new client, we determine that it is possible for us to represent or provide services for the new client and that it appears likely that we would be able to provide useful assistance or services for the new client, and the new client still wishes to engage us based upon additional information we provide to the new client during the initial discussions, then we will prepare an engagement agreement which outlines the scope and objects of the engagment, our charges and the bases for them, and other pertinent matters. If the engagement agreement is acceptable to the new client, then we will undertake the engagement and begin work.

On the other hand, if the engagement agreement is not acceptable to the prospective new client and we are unable to reach agreement on mutually acceptable terms for the engagement after further discussions, then we will decline to accept the engagement, discontinue further discussions, and terminate any work.

At the beginning of our work on a new matter, we very rarely know enough to be able to predict an outcome with confidence or certainty. As a result, we cannot and never guarantee specific results or outcomes for any matter for which we provide services. However, once we become familiar with the details of a particular matter, we usually are able to provide increasing accurate assessments of likely or possible outcomes, and we do this routinely. We always agree to work in a diligent and applied manner to achieve the objectives in as cost effective and efficient manner as possible. We keep our clients as informed of our work, and the updated status and prospects for all matters we are handling for the client per the client's specific needs or wishes.

Because of internal limitations on our resources, we often will recommend, and then with the client's approval, select and engage other special or local counsel to assist us in filling in gaps in our expertise, experience or resources, to achieve the most cost effective and efficient result. This is often necessary when we are engaged to undertake matters at long distance from our home office. Because of this aspect of our practice, we have considerable experience in selecting, engaging and working with special counsel and with local counsel to provide an overall solution for client objectives or problems, and can often obtain very cost effective and efficient results.

The engagement of counsel is a very important undertaking in any setting. No one should use or engage any particular counsel in any particular situation without careful consideration of many factors. Most business clients that we deal with realize this and have in-house counsel or other lawyers who can advise and assist them in engaging counsel. We are always pleased to work cooperatively with such other counsel.

Copyright © 1994 - 2009 - Richter, Miller & Finn - Last Update: June 2009
Constructive suggestions for improvements are always welcome!