Lehr Middlebrooks Vreeland & Thompson Celebrates 25 Years
April 18, 2018
25 Years Old and Going Strong
On May 3, 1993, with virtually no capital, no assurance of a client base, and personal obligations on a line of credit, the law firm of Lehr Middlebrooks & Proctor was formed. We tend to be low-key about ourselves – we have much to be humble about. However, we would like to share with you some thoughts as we pause to celebrate the beginning of our 26th year of practice together.
We like to think that our culture has been based upon trust and collaboration, which translates into how we provide client services. Unlike many law firms, at our firm, there is no such thing as client “origination.” That is, we do not track which clients come in through which lawyers, nor do we give lawyers “extra credit” for developing new business. Client service and client development are the responsibilities of all of us and our view is that if we can’t trust the people we work with to fulfill those commitments, then those individuals are at the wrong firm.
We have always been cognizant that we are “terminable at will” by our clients. In today’s legal environment, so many dynamics affect the choice and retention of counsel that doing a good job alone is not necessarily enough to sustain or develop a client relationship. Accordingly, as both lawyers and business people we take an entrepreneurial approach to the advice we give. Lawyers are notorious for shutting things down; for telling employers or other business people “no." We approach matters creatively and aggressively with how employers may use their rights responsibly so that the employers may make the decision that is most appropriate for their business objectives.
It continues to be a joy and wonderment for us at this concept of starting and sustaining our own business in this country. None of us has a background of a family owned business, so our opportunity to start a business and do reasonably well at it has been a great source of satisfaction. The list of those we thank for our opportunity to sustain and grow our business over 25 years is so numerous. Anyone who believes they are “self-made” has been unaware of how many contribute to making sure that the wind is at the back of any successful business enterprise. We enjoy what we do, we are privileged to work with you doing what we enjoy, and we look forward to continuing to do so for many years ahead. Thank you.
From the Lehr Middlebrooks Vreeland & Thompson Team: Richard I. Lehr, David J. Middlebrooks, Albert L. Vreeland, Michael L. Thompson, Whitney R. Brown, Claire F. Martin, Lyndel L. Erwin, Jerome C. Rose, John E. Hall, Frank F. Rox, Jr., JW Furman, Alana R. Ford, Leesa J. Martin, Kristin S. Miller, Jennifer M. Hix, Wanda S. Lamp, Kat S. Bedwell, and Dora I. Lajosbanyai.