The Law Office of Shanen R. Prout aggressively advocates for its clients before California state and federal courts and in arbitrations. We handle disputes throughout all phases of their life cycle: from pre-filing investigations and negotiation, to the development of facts, into motion practice and case management, often to settlement, and—when necessary—through verdict at trial or arbitration decision, and into post-trial motions and judgment collection phases of matters.
Through our involvement in dozens of often contentious cases and deals, we have learned that every dispute presents its own unique set of facts and concerns. The varying dynamics of each case require innovative analysis and strategy—there is no “one size fits all” approach to effectively advancing a client’s interests. This is particularly true as the amount of money, witnesses and evidence involved grow. The best lawyers think “outside the box” and identify what is really at stake, whether it be legal, financial, emotional, or otherwise. Some matters call for an attorney to act more as a dealmaker and conciliator, and others require an attorney to litigate assertively to leverage a client’s objectives. Some cases require relentless focus on a single pressing issue, and others demand that an attorney see the bigger picture and recognize that the allegations in a complaint are only part of the story.
Even though we fight hard for our clients, we spend much of our time assisting them to avoid legal problems in the first place. And when a dispute does arise, be it pre-litigation, litigation or arbitration, our aim is to resolve it quickly, with as little disruption to our client’s business, and as cost-effectively and efficiently as possible.
Good lawyers communicate complex legal issues to their clients in ways they can understand and respond to. We listen to our clients and work to keep them involved in their cases. Clients need to know the alternatives available to resolve a dispute, and they need honest, objective analysis of potential outcomes. There is rarely only one course of action to take, even when clients feel their back is against a wall. Our approach to lawyering enables us to efficiently provide creative, flexible problem solving tailored to each client’s needs.
We strive to provide our clients with exceptional services, achieve desired results, and build long-term relationships that grow beyond merely being a member of their business teams. We believe that healthy compensation should flow from providing truly client-centric services. We aim to give our clients reasons to retain us and keep us around. To that end, we believe that having our clients actually like and respect us is central to healthy relationships. Though we seek to become an essential part of our clients’ operations, we also relish time spent learning about their backgrounds and sharing life stories, goals, and experiences.
Our office delivers comprehensive legal services and brings to bear all of the necessary resources required for the legal needs of our clients. And, we are able to do so at rates that are reasonable for a market such as Los Angeles. This is because we run an efficient office that invests in only necessary assets and overhead—this permits us to pass on the savings to our clients in the form of highly competitive rates. While many lawyers will only provide their services on an hourly basis, we believe our clients are better served by discussing work on flat, capped, contingency, equity, hourly, sliding scale, and/or blended/hybrid fee systems, where appropriate. Please contact us to discuss alternative billing models for your legal matter.