Eric Grimm

Eric C. Grimm, PLLC
HOUSTON Texas 77252

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Eric C. Grimm, PLLC
P.O. Box 2483
HOUSTON, Texas, 77252
United States

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Holistic, client-focused legal services. Clients' needs and objectives rarely fit into one-size-fits-all cookie-cutter boxes. The first step is listening carefully and asking the right questions, to understand what the client's needs and objectives really are. Often, approaching a task from a new or different perspective, can save time, reduce conflict, and reduce expenses. Many lawyers promise outside-the-box, novel thinking. In reality, few deliver. My track record of service to clients, over the years, demonstrates original and novel thinking, combined with thorough preparation, in case after case. Indeed, one publication, commenting on a routine motion that I recently filed in federal court, went so far as to describe my approach in one intellectual property case as very powerful and so potent, that every paragraph is worth quoting. I view the attorney's role as a problem-solver, not as a problem maker. My primary objective, whenever reasonably possible, is to promote understanding and communication, and to help develop effective strategies to make difficult problems and situations tractable, and to bring solutions within reach. Once resource well worth reading, even if you are my opposing counsel, is Robert Axelrod's book The Evolution of Cooperation. My premise, starting any negotiation or case, is that the other side will usually be more inclined to cooperate (i.e., find a fair, win-win solution) rather than to defect, (i.e., to demand more than their fair share), and to begin the process by seeking to find a cooperative solution. Cooperators, when they find one another, and get a chance to cooperate, tend to be mutual winners in just about every ecosystem. What happens, instead, when the litigation or negotiation counterparties are unreasonable, selfish, and (in Axelrod's terms) defectors? Well, those cases are the exception rather than the rule, but such cases can and do happen. When necessary, it is also important to be prepared and willing to go the distance and to present the strongest case possible, whether in court, in a private negotiation, or in an ADR proceeding. It does not please me, for instance, to seek sanctions against another lawyer for overstepping the bounds of proper conduct. But when appropriate and necessary, precisely for the purpose of promoting future cooperation, I have sought and won sanctions against unreasonble litigation opponents. For instance, in one recent probate case, I secured several thousand dollars in sanctions to reimburse my clients for at least part of what they spent defending against a weak case filed by some Michigan (their emphasis) Superlawyers. The highest praise one can get in this profession, is when the result you obtain for your client is so favorable, and the other side learns so much from that result, that they later refer a case to you or even hire you. Thanks, Superlawyers; I hope we can do business together as friends in the future. Likewise, when representing an entertainment client, in one case I secured a result so favorable for my client (the other side not only paid the entire debt we demanded, plus my entire fee, plus the fee of an arbitrator) that the former opponent later hired me to handle a contested case involving a very large building in downtown Detroit. Subsequently, when that music client has money to collect, generally the client does not even have to pay me fees; the story of what happened in the prior case tends to be so memorable, that collection issues for that client rarely last more than a few days. In another case, most of a client's expenses defending against what reasonably was viewed by both a judge and by my client, as a meritless suit, were reimbursed. The other side in that case was represented by one or more attorneys then working in a law office that subsequently became a local branch of a statewide law firm. The bottom line is that cooperation and negotiation are all the more successful, and produce more lasting results, when the counterparty in each process fully understands that their best alternative to a negotiated agreement (BATNA), seeRoger Fisher, William L. Ury & Bruce Patton, Getting to YES (Houghton Mifflin, ed., 2nd ed. 1991), is vastly less attractive, objectively speaking, than a fair and reasonable, negotiated, outcome. This is not to promise that you will necessarily enjoy the same results as the examples referenced above. Each case and each representation involves its own facts and its own issues. But when I choose to take on your matter, it is always my intention to give you nothing less than my best service.

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