Mullett Dove Meacham & Bradley, PLLC
Best Lawyers™; Washingtonian Top Lawyers; Super Lawyers™; Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion; U.S. News and World Report Best Law Firms; Northern Virginia Top Lawyers; Arlington Magazine Top Attorneys
Q: What changes or innovations are on the horizon in your industry? How are you preparing for them?
A: The coronavirus pandemic has presented uniquely challenging circumstances for the court system. Though courts were initially forced to suspend all non-emergency hearings, the local circuit courts have begun allowing attorneys to appear telephonically or via webcam to conduct hearings and trials. The efficiency of this process has led some to wonder whether there will be a movement to permanently incorporate these remote appearances. In preparation, our firm has prioritized learning all procedures and software being used by the courts and has effectively transitioned our conference rooms to successfully and safely accommodate evidentiary hearings, mediations and judicial argument, both at the trial court and appellate level.
Q: What qualities do you think a successful family lawyer should have?
A: Extensive knowledge of the law and the ability to successfully negotiate favorable settlements and execute creative trial strategies and presentation are all vital. But the best family lawyers are those who are most adept at adjusting to changing conditions throughout the process of resolving a marital dispute, and who are able to provide empathy and perspective to their clients, emphasizing the bigger picture and focusing on end goals.
Q: How do you measure success?
A: When we resolve clients’ disputes in a manner that leaves them as whole as possible and ready to move forward. Client satisfaction is our No. 1 priority. We take an individualized approach to every case, and keep clients fully informed, explaining all available options while pursuing the best approach to meet their needs.