Often times I am asked what the trademarked logo for the Law Office of David Steinfeld signifies. It has two simple components; a courthouse and a large lowercase “e” with computer code for “electronic”. The courthouse is obvious. The “e” represents that fact that my practice is all digital and heavily involved with new and emerging issues in business litigation, like electronic discovery.
As a business lawyer that counsels and represents businesses and their owners, I recognize that it is critical to move at the speed of these businesses and to not slow them down. Most businesses now almost exclusively use e-mail and store their records digitally. Most law firms do not and are not set up to work with businesses so as not to significantly disrupt their operations. I cannot image telling a business client nowadays to print thousands of e-mails so I can manually review them in a lawsuit. The time to do that and the cost of the paper and ink is totally unnecessary when they can easily and securely upload data to an e-discovery vendor and have me log in remotely to use the sophisticated e-discovery software to cull and review those. Business litigation is all about costs. If the businesses’ lawyer can reduce those costs, then the process can be more efficient and affordable.
Discovery is the process by which parties to a civil lawsuit obtain and exchange information before trial. E-Discovery is the term given to doing this process electronically using sophisticated software. In addition to performing e-discovery regularly, I also teach lawyers and even Judges how to properly and ethically do e-discovery. Because there are a multitude of vendors that provide e-discovery software, the question that often arises from lawyers is how to choose the right one. For that, I have created a “consumer reports” type website to assist lawyers nationwide in choosing the right software for their cases called e-discoverysoftwarereviews.com. Through understanding this new e-discovery process and staying current on its trends and developments, the Law Office of David Steinfeld can provide the best and most efficient representation to its clients.
But what business wants to be involved in an expensive and time-consuming lawsuit if they can avoid it? That is where the planning and counseling aspect of my practice comes in. For those business people who recognize the importance of avoiding problems before they occur, I advise them on and draft important business documents, such as contracts, operating and shareholder agreements, non-competes, non-disclosures, and the purchase and sale of a business or its assets. I have also created and placed a significant number of free videos and articles on my Firm’s website, http://www.thepalmbeachbusinesslawyer.com, that explain these legal issues that businesses commonly face and provide basic background information on them.
The Law Office of David Steinfeld’s videos and articles are designed to help the business owner to understand the parts of a lawsuits and what documents they should have for their business. This also saves the client time and money in that I don’t always have to explain these issues in such great detail because the client already has an understanding of the legal vocabulary and concepts from watching those videos or reading the brief articles. I have even crafted a series of articles about key areas commonly encountered in business lawsuits, such as what are interrogatories and what happens at mediation, which clients can read to save the time and cost of me explaining it. Any way that I can save my business clients money makes the process more efficient and affordable for them.
My practice also uses a large amount of technology to service clients, so business people do not even have to leave their office to work with me. Simple technologies like video chat and screen sharing allow my Firm to service clients virtually any time and worldwide. For example, while teaching American law in South Korea, I was able to design and craft all the business documents for a growing South Florida personal injury law firm that allowed it to efficiently expand Statewide.
Although my Firm is based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, I regularly counsel and represent businesses and individual clients all over Palm Beach County from Jupiter to Boca Raton, across the State of Florida and all over the United States, Europe and Asia when they have business dealings in the State of Florida. I am licensed to practice before all Courts in Florida from trial Courts up to the Florida Supreme Court, and all Federal Courts in Florida, including Bankruptcy Courts, the Federal Appeals Court that covers Florida, and even the United States Supreme Court. Even though I may not regularly practice in all of these Courts, I maintain these licenses because a business client in Palm Beach County and I may sue in the local State Court and the other side may remove the case to Federal Court and change the venue to the Northern District of Florida, which may then later be appealed to the Federal Appellate Court in Atlanta or even the US Supreme Court. I would do a disservice if I was unable to counsel and represent my client through that entire process, which to me is what a business should expect of its business lawyer.
About the Author
Board Certified expert in business litigation by the Florida Bar, David Steinfeld, Esq. is the owner of the Law Office of David Steinfeld in Palm Beach Gardens. He is AV-Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 10.0-Superb rated by AVVO, named one of Florida’s Legal Elite for 2012 and 2013, highlighted as “One to Watch” for 2014 by Attorney-at-Law Magazine, selected for inclusion in the list of Florida Super Lawyers for 2014, and recognized as one of the top business lawyers in Florida for 2013 and 2014 by The Legal Network.
Mr. Steinfeld sits on the Florida Bar Board Certification Committee for business litigation and is the current Chair of the Palm Beach County Bar’s Business Litigation CLE Committee. He was also appointed by the Florida Supreme Court to its Committee on Business and Contract Jury Instructions and is a member of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists. He is an invited Fellow in the national trial lawyer honor society, the Litigation Counsel of America, and is a full Professor of Law at Dankook University Law School in South, Korea. Informative videos and articles are available for free at davidsteinfeld.com.
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