Motorcycle Law Firm Structures

Law firms vary greatly in size and structure. From large multinational firms with hundreds of partners to single attorney firms, you will find them all in New Jersey.

new jersey motorcycle law firmIn this article, I’ll give you an overview of why size and structure matters.

Smaller personal injury firms, such as my New Jersey motorcycle law firm, have a single injury lawyer, often with support staff, such as my wonderful assistant Tammy.

Because of the small size, firms like mine are able to give very personal service, and focus on just a handful of cases at a time. This results in a much better client experience if you choose the right firm.

As with most organizations, the larger they become, the less likely you will find personal service. Clients tend to be numbers to large firms.

Having a small motorcycle accident law firm also allows me to take many cases that the larger firms won’t because of the need for the larger firm to cover expensive overhead costs. As such, large firms are often directed by their governing boards to only take the high profile cases, or cases that yield a high net profit for their firm.

Small Does Not Equal Focused

Not all small injury law firms are focused on just one area of personal injury law. Small, or “Boutique” law firms, as they are sometimes called, can pick and choose what types of cases they handle, and often choose to practice in a wide variety of areas.

A typical firm, especially a newer practice, may have no choice but to take on a wider variety of cases to stay afloat. My firm is well beyond that stage, as I have been a practicing motorcycle accident lawyer for over 25 years.

A quick check of any lawyer’s website will show you if they are focused on one, a couple related, or several diverse practice areas. My practice focus is on motorcycle accident law.

I hope it goes without saying that the more focused a practice is, the better they should become in their chosen practice area.

Furthermore, I have chosen to work in only two states, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This allows me to stay abreast of all of the changes and complexities unique to my chosen areas.

Pressure to Settle May Be Greater at Large Law Firms

Because of the pressure on associates to bring in large amounts of money at bigger firms, the motorcycle attorneys at these firms may be more inclined to rush their clients into accepting low settlements.

I have much greater latitude with my motorcycle law firm to act only in the best interests of my clients. I would have it no other way.

Law Firm Structures

Law firms are generally organized as:

  • Sole proprietorships
  • General partnerships
  • Professional corporations
  • Limited liability companies
  • Professional associations, or
  • Limited liability partnerships

Sometimes law firms create complex structures involving multiple lawyers who all market under one name, but practice personal injury law individually. You may have heard of the Law Tigers, as an example.

None of these lawyers has made a name for themselves.

Regardless of legal structure, larger firms are often structured such that ownership partners are at the top, sometimes not even practicing regularly, putting pressure on tiered levels of attorneys below them to produce set levels of income.

In order to achieve these levels, those personal injury lawyers need to move through cases so fast and furious that they never get a chance to know their clients very well.

Why are law firms not structured as corporations with shareholders?

In the US, only lawyers may have an ownership interest in, or be managers of, a law firm. The American Bar Association governs this as a part of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct.

This rule is to meant to protect the client/attorney relationship in which the lawyer has certain duties to their clients and to the court. If lawyers were working for shareholders, as is the case in most of corporate America, some lawyers may be tempted to file frivolous cases or evaluate decisions based on interests other than their client’s.

Rest assured, I will always work in your best interests as your New Jersey motorcycle accident attorney.

If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in New Jersey please don’t hesitate to call me, Lee D. Gaber, 24/7, 365 days a week at 1-888-292-5352 (888-cycle-law).

We Don’t Get Paid Until We Win Your Case

Motivation is strong when you own your own firm, and put your name on the door. For over twenty-five (25) years I have proudly put my reputation on the line with each and every client I represent.