Try to understand each other.

Try to understand each other.

I read this quote today, written by my favorite author, John Steinbeck, and I wanted to share it with you.

In every bit of honest writing in the world… there is a base theme. Try to understand men, if you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and nearly always leads to love.

Two Felony Charges Dismissed!

Two Felony Charges Dismissed!

Today we are very happy to announce that Dayani Law Firm successfully negotiated the dismissal of three charges against Our Client. The State of Washington charged Our Client in Snohomish Superior Court with two felonies and a gross misdemeanor. The charges unsettled Our Client, they consumed their life, and made this year the hardest year of Our Client’s life.

A conviction of these charges would have potentially exposed Our Client to years of prison, loss of his family, and deportation.

Low Bono, Low Cost, High Results

Low Bono, Low Cost, High Results

What is "Low-Bono" legal service?

Low-bono lawyers offer reduced fees to low- and moderate-income clients. Law firms like ours accomplish lower service costs in a number of ways, mainly by keeping our costs low. 

How does Dayani Law Firm keep its costs low?

Only Forward

Only Forward

I have been reading the Art of War, a fascinating piece of literature that discusses the art of strategy and preparation for battle (and life). I recently pondered the teaching below:

"Throw your soldiers into positions whence there is no escape, and they will prefer death to flight.

If they will face death, there is nothing they may not achieve. Officers and men alike will put forth their uttermost strength."

In this quote, General Sun Tzu discusses his strategic decision of giving his soldiers no escape route.

Taking away his men's escape gave his army only one possibility: forward.

Patronizing a Prostitute Charge Dismissed.

Patronizing a Prostitute Charge Dismissed.

We've been staying busy at Dayani Law Firm and wanted to share some recent successes. For the second month in a row, we successfully convinced Prosecutors to DISMISS two charges of Patronizing a Prostitute. For both clients, it served as a huge relief because neither clients had never ever been charged with a crime before. 

Know Your Rights! Traffic Stops

Know Your Rights! Traffic Stops

Have you ever been stopped by police after a night out? These situations can be stressful and impacting on your future, so it is good to be prepared. Today, I will be sharing a couple tips on what to do if stopped by police while driving.

Legal Clinics - Free Legal Advice

On the Second Wednesday of every month, El Centro De La Raza hosts a FREE bilingual legal clinic. If you have questions about a court case, a legal issue, or would like to know more about your legal rights, this is an excellent resource. I have been working as a bilingual attorney at the legal clinic for the past five years, and I find my service to be very rewarding. If you have any legal concerns or questions, please call or email us for a free consultation. 

Andre Dayani Featured in NW Lawyer Magazine

In January, I was recognized in the NW Lawyer Magazine for my community service to the El Centro De La Raza Spanish Legal Clinic. The free bilingual (English/Spanish) clinic is offered monthly, typically helping 50–80 clients per clinic with the help of volunteer attorneys.

In 2017, I contributed over 20 hours of pro-bono representation at Centro de la Raza Clinic. I have consulted attendees with criminal defense issues, contract law, and some personal injury matters. In January, I led a “Know Your Rights” campaign at legal clinic (more details to come).

Five Minutes Newsletter #2: Effectiveness

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I recently launched my own law practice and not long after discovered that starting a firm is a double-handed task: you’re an attorney and you’re business owner. Two not so small jobs in one. And it’s hard, man.
 
So if nothing else, from the outset I knew I needed to set myself up with solid principals that guarantee effectiveness in my everyday work flow.  I wondered, how do the best minds do it?  So over the last few months, I’ve been reaching out to the brightest professionals I know, to ask them: what makes you most effective in what you do? 
 
Today, I’m sharing with you the two gems that were shared with me: (1) effectiveness in preparation and (2) effectiveness in thinking outside the box.
 

Preparation

"Preparation can be an amazing surprise for an adversary in a legal setting. 
They may never know how prepared you are until it's too late.”

- Steve Anglés

Steve Anglés is partner at Adler Giersch, a top personal injury law firm in the PNW, and he has a reputation for being a whip-smart, effective attorney in an area of law where the stakes are particularly high.  When people come to Steve, they are often severely injured and the insurance companies that were supposed to provide protection are nowhere in sight. Steve balances a heavy client load rife with cases in litigation and trial to fight for his clients' right to recovery and well-being.
 
When I talked to him, Steve summed up the source of his efficacy in a single word: preparedness.  Steve’s rule of thumb is to out-prepare.  He aims to always be the most prepared person in the room, no matter what room. 
 
And apparently it works. Steve battles insurance companies daily without a shred of exhaustion visible, routinely winning and getting top results for his clients, over and over.
 
Steve says that without focus on preparedness, there is chance for misstep, and when it comes to his clients, who are trusting him with everything, that isn’t something he is willing to risk.
 
Want to hear more? Click here to listen to Steve's Interview.
 

Staying outside the box

"Our Lawyer-Human brand is just us and our personalities.

It allows people to get to know who we are as human beings."
- Shreya Ley

 
For Shreya Ley, founding partner of Lay Roots Law Firm, effectiveness comes from thinking outside the box.  In the legal world, outside-the-box thinking is rare, and The Box is a well-defined structure.  There is a generally understood way that attorneys do things: think dark suits, dusty books and a lot of “hence”s  and “wherefore”s.
 
Shreya, along with her husband and law firm co-founder Colin, intentionally veer left from that way.  They have designed their firm to boil the law down to a human level.  In how they market, how they communicate to clients, and in how they handle cases, they drop the frills.  They use clear words and talk price directly.  They strive to operate not as the typical dark suits, but as approachable, young business owners who provide a high-quality service.
 
Through different communication mediums, Shreya reaches out to her potential clients in a language that resonates with most people in the modern day: webinars, a podcast, a video series, and a blog.  She does all she can to demystify the legal world and provide useful, free information for real people.  
 
Thinking outside the box allowed Shreya to innovate her law firm in a different way that brings in more clients and spreads the word about her business father and wider than usually possible for a small law firm.  Shreya is a great example of a professional who stays effective by simply thinking creatively about her work and her craft. 
 
Want to hear more? Click here to listen to Shreya's Interview.


Big thanks to both Shreya and Steve for sharing.  Now you’re up: what makes you most effective in your work?  I would love to hear your thoughts. 
 
That’s this month’s Five Minutes. 

- Andre Dayani
 
I am a criminal defense lawyer in Seattle, Washington.  Interested in chatting?  Email me, connect with me on Twitter, or sign up for my monthly newsletter.  In the Five Minutes newsletter, I share five minutes of thoughts from young business owners, professionals and people passionate in their work.