I hear the criticisms of large bankruptcy firms.
“I will probably be just a number.”
“How could a firm that big take care of little ol’ me?”
“I think I might get lost in a firm that big.”
We are Family
What really surprises people about Steidl and Steinberg are two things. First, we are not a big firm. There are six attorneys here, that’s all. All of the attorneys have been here for quite a while, and there is a family feeling here that you just don’t get in most places.
Second, though we are a very small firm, we have represented tens of thousands of clients. How is that possible?
It’s because we have been doing bankruptcy work since 1980. People think we are a large firm because they see our advertising, and surely, that must mean that we are really big.
I find that humorous. If you were in our office for just a few minutes, you would see how much like a family we are. There are discussions, lunches, disagreements, talk about the day’s sports events and politics or rushing to get to the fresh-hot pretzels or to make the morning coffee.
Yes, we also meet with clients all day in an informal yet dignified setting.
With us, Being Big Means Being Experienced
There are advantages to the perception of bigness as, in most cases, we have the experience to know what works and what does not.
I am aghast sometimes when I am in Bankruptcy Court and I see the mistakes made by less-experienced attorneys. I see other attorneys’ clients lose property that they should have kept because the attorney just didn’t understand what to do, or filed the case too early or too late, or didn’t read the law carefully, or didn’t know how the trustees and judges looked at that particular type of case.
Please understand, most of the attorneys who we see everyday are very good at what they do. But at the same time, so are we, and because of our wealth of experience, we get a chance to bounce things off of each other when confronted with certain situations that come up in Bankruptcy Court. We will go to the other attorneys in the office and ask: “Have you seen this? How did the judge look at this? What was the result?:
By having all of us to look at your situation, we increase your chance of having an excellent result.
When we tell you we are really a small firm, don’t laugh. We are. But when we tell you that you will benefit from the experience of six attorneys, believe that also, because you will. And yes, we really want to know how your puppy made it through the vet’s visit, or how your mom is feeling. Because it really is a family here.