Philosophy

Our Mission:  SBH’s lawyers practice law with a singular focus – to be the best litigation and trial lawyers representing business, on the merits. Period. We are hired to win cases, not go through the motions to recommend settlement on the eve of trial. And if a case should be settled, our clients expect us to advise them about our assessment of the merits and settlement options before they incur massive attorneys’ fees. 

Our Format: SBH’s philosophy is based on the premise that clients deserve – and need – experienced and qualified lawyers handling all facets of their litigation matters, without paying abusive amounts for such service. To provide this type of client service, a firm must (1) actually be open to innovative fee arrangements that might vary according to a particular client, or a particular matter; (2) operate from a geographic location that offers easy travel options and a reasonable overhead base; (3) commit to controlling office overhead; (4) properly use technology to stay nimble, efficient, and available; and, most importantly (5) offer only the services of passionate, experienced lawyers who understand the nuance of business litigation and/or employment disputes at every stage.

Our Service Compared to Others: All forms of business-related litigation, but especially employment matters, are too sensitive to be handled by inexperienced lawyers who do not understand how a “minor” tactical mistake could cost a client many thousands of dollars in settling a case, or worse, affect the results of a trial.  Nevertheless, at most large firms, inexperienced associates (with hefty billable hour requirements) control the critical details at the heart of a matter. Large firms and their clients simply cannot afford to have senior level partners too involved in the day-to-day details of a case. That is an unfortunate – and expensive – reality.  At SBH, we do not worry about whether a particular task is best suited for a junior associate, senior associate, or junior partner. We don’t believe our clients should pay for our lawyers’ “on the job” training. At SBH, experienced lawyers handle every task on every matter. And, SBH’s clients receive this service with the promptness, efficiency, and personal touch that too often is lacking in the legal profession. The end result of this philosophy is simple: SBH’s clients receive better service and better results, and pay less along the way.