A boutique law practice is generally defined as a smaller firm with experienced practitioners who advocate in a particular area of law, such as tax or healthcare law. However, specialization is not the only thing that differentiates “boutique law” as a distinct style of practice. There is also a philosophy associated with boutique law that leads to superior legal results. The practice philosophy of the boutique law firm emphasizes specialized, one-of-a-kind legal representation, and seeks to build relationships with clients, not merely transact with them.
Boutique law does not advertise in a popular practice area, like personal injury, family law, or bankruptcy, and then train a staff of $15.00 per hour legal assistants to work in assembly line fashion. Many of the folks that practice law in this style are fine lawyers, they know their specialty well, and they get results, but they practice law differently than the boutique lawyer. This type of lawyer makes his living as a shrewd business manager, generating as many transactions as possible while keeping staffing costs low. The work this lawyer’s office produces generally meets minimum standards, and sometimes rises above that, especially where there is a well-trained and experienced legal staff. But this lawyer and his staff are not equipped to do the investigation, research, analysis, and planning required to advise you about whether, for example, you should accept a low settlement offer on a lawsuit so that you can realize higher returns through the sale of your company to a prospective buyer.
Boutique law firms are not those giant national firms that hire an army of associates, paralegals, and legal assistants to churn through mountains of files for banks or insurance companies, applying the same processes to each case. Again, many of the professionals that work in these areas are excellent practitioners. They know their practice area well, they are consummate professionals, and they get results. They tend to be relationship oriented, and they seek to advance long-term client objectives. But they are not that lawyer who, for sole the purpose of representing a few shoe manufacturers, learns everything about how shoes are made, everything about the shoe-making industry, and every applicable law, regulatory practice, and legislative process.
Boutique law practitioners reach for a certain ideal. They do not pigeon-hole their legal outlook by learning one area of practice in-depth and then forgetting about all others. While boutique law specializes, it specializes in a manner that incorporates a broad-based and sophisticated understanding of substantive, procedural, and regulatory legal frameworks with personal, social, and economic realities. It aspires toward that ever elusive, ever alluring ideal of zealous advocacy. Boutique law practitioners are curious, constantly learning, researching, stretching their boundaries, and improving as lawyers. Boutique law practitioners focus on solving particular problems and understand that every problem is unique. There is no one type of solution or one type of process that can be relied on to fix every legal problem. But there is a legal methodology that allows diligent practitioners to craft unique solutions to each client’s problem. That is what boutique law practitioners aspire to.
Hutchings Law Group aspires to incorporate a boutique law philosophy into its mission of assisting people to solve their legal challenges. Hutchings Law Group helps licensed professionals and small and mid-sized businesses by crafting one-of-a-kind solutions to their legal difficulties. Our firm represents its clients by diligently investigating the facts underlying and surrounding each situation. We then research the applicable substantive and procedural law and craft strategies uniquely suited to solve that client’s particular problem. We compare these strategies and solutions with marketplace realities to give clients excellent representation with an eye toward efficiency.
If you’re looking for excellent, tailor-made legal representation, contact Hutchings Law Group today.