What truly sets us apart from other personal injury boutique firms is our commitment to Value, not Volume. Ask a personal injury lawyer how many files he's currently handling. Is it 125? Is it 200 or more? So characterizes a 'Volume' practice—sign up clients, the more the merrier; have a paralegal or non-paralegal 'litigation manager' primarily responsible for the file; focus on settling—as quickly as possible—for whatever sum can be achieved with modest effort; next case. We currently have about 60 open litigation files—between two lawyers. We give each file our individualized attention, and discuss the issues arising from the case with each other. We hire medical, occupational and financial experts in both Canada and the U.S. who are accustomed to testifying in court, and we prepare each case to go to trial. Of course, 95% of all civil cases settle out of court, but we generally settle our cases for their true value. Because we're prepared for trial, and have a reputation for going to court regularly, we're able to achieve settlement for full value; otherwise, we go to court or arbitration and ask the judge or jury to award our client that value. We believe that a trial-centered approach makes sense in theory and in practice, with a proven track record of verdicts and settlements that bear this out.
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