The key to successfully representing a client in a dispute is to thoroughly understand my client’s business. That way, I can understand my client’s goals and needs, and what motivates the actions of people and companies. That helps me better formulate a strategy to achieve my client’s goals, develop themes and arguments for our case, and effectively examine and cross-examine witnesses. By deeply understanding the underlying business, industry and technical matters, I know when an opponent’s arguments or a witness’s testimony just don’t make sense.
I like that my practice involves building energy infrastructure. Our clients are developing or expanding their businesses, and our help—whether guiding them through the regulatory process or setting up and implementing transactions—allows them to put steel in the ground.
I have the good fortune to lead a group of tax lawyers who not only enjoy mastering the intricacies of the tax code, but who also communicate in plain English and look for practical ways to help clients achieve their objectives.
I particularly enjoy the opportunity our practice affords to work with highly entrepreneurial individuals as they lay the building blocks for vibrant and sustainable businesses. It is especially rewarding to serve as a trusted legal adviser to those clients throughout the life-cycle of those businesses.
One of the things I like best about my work is that I get to be deeply involved in my clients’ businesses. I like developing close relationships with my clients and then working with them to find creative and efficient ways to help them grow their businesses and achieve their goals.
My practice tends to be different every day, from litigating bid protests and contract disputes, to advising on compliance and contract interpretation issues, to assisting with corporate transactions. And because of the range of businesses in which my clients are engaged, it’s a continual learning experience. That’s incredibly energizing.