SRP workThe Law Office of Shanen R. Prout advocates aggressively for its clients before California state and federal courts and in private arbitrations.  We handle disputes throughout all phases of their life cycle: from pre-filing investigations and negotiation, into provisional remedies, to the deep development of intricate facts, into law and motion practice and case management matters, often to summary judgment and settlement, and—when necessary—through verdict at trial or arbitration decision, and into post-trial motions and judgment collection proceedings.  We routinely litigate against much larger law firms and insurance defense counsel, providing an agile and assertive platform for our clients to advance their interests and secure the best possible outcomes.  We know how to “punch above our weight.”

Through our involvement in many dozens of often contentious cases and deals, we have learned that every business and legal matter presents its own unique set of facts and concerns.  There are often numerous factors to consider behind the scenes.  The varying dynamics of each matter requires innovative analysis and strategy—there is really 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 matters 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 from the outset, through counseling, contract drafting and management, and by auditing our clients’ policies, practices, and intellectual property portfolios.  When a dispute does arise, 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 interactively.  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.

A Message About Legal Fees

Our office delivers comprehensive legal services and brings to bear the necessary resources required for the needs of our clients.  We are able to do so for fees that are very competitive for the Los Angeles legal market.  While most lawyers will only provide their services on an hourly basis, especially the larger the law firm, we believe our clients are better served by discussing work on alternative fee models: blended, flat, capped, contingency (percentage of recovery from settlement or judgment), equity, sliding scale, and/or hybrid fee systems, where appropriate for the client and our firm.  Most of our work is still performed by the hour, but we are open to discussing other ways to best align the firm’s and your 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 client-centric services.  We aim to give our clients reasons to retain and keep us around.  We think having our clients actually like and respect us is central to healthy relationships.  Though we work hard to bring value to our clients’ operations and growth plans, we also relish time spent learning about their backgrounds and sharing life stories, goals, and experiences.

Please contact us to discuss your legal matter and our qualifications.
+1 424.208.6399.  shanen@srplawyer.com