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Our Best Lawyers® Sound Off On What Makes A Successful Client Relationship

October 05, 2020
Attorneys named by Best Lawyers in America

Get to know our 2021 Best Lawyers® and what drives better client outcomes for the individuals, banks and businesses they serve.

Having the right business lawyer and advisor advocating for you is key to any successful business. But what truly defines a successful client/lawyer relationship?

We asked some of our Best Lawyers what one thing they consistently do to achieve better client outcomes? Here’s what they had to say.

“There are only three words to affect the outcome of litigation: preparation, preparation, preparation.”

~ Stuart N. Bennett, Litigation – Banking and Finance. Mr. Bennett has 35 years of trial experience in complex business, construction, environmental and securities litigation and has handled over 200 litigation matters, including jury and bench trials in state and federal courts, hearings before securities and commercial arbitration panels, and administrative hearings before regulatory agencies.

“Responsive service to my clients is my top priority.”

~ Howard Kenison, Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental. Mr. Kenison is a former Colorado Deputy Attorney General who represents clients before state and federal courts and administrative agencies, driving forward solutions that balance economic and environmental interests and achieve client objectives. With over four decades of accomplishments, he brings to clients vast legal and practical knowledge in dealing with environmental laws that can impact projects and commercial transactions, balancing economic and environmental interest in achieving client objectives.

“Listening is the most important skill to bolster an attorney’s ability to analyze, advocate and persuade.”

~ Lawrence Lee, Employment Law – Management. Mr. Lee represents employers in trials, arbitrations, hearings, and agency audits on behalf of management in actual claims initiated by labor. He tirelessly provides his clients with advice on the best solutions to avoid claims in difficult workplace issues involving sensitive terminations of employment, potential claims of race, gender, age and disability discrimination, harassment, retaliation, claims of wage and hour misclassification or failure to pay back wages or overtime, OSHA workplace safety complaints and citations, and alleged breaches of restrictive covenants and/or employment agreements.

“The keys to success in litigation are anticipation, preparation, and coolness under fire.”

~ Edward T. Lyons, Jr., Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Securities. Mr. Lyons, Jr. has more than four decades of experience handling commercial litigation, employment and labor law, public utilities law, and rail and motor carrier transportation cases in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies in Colorado and across the United States. Mr. Lyons has been counsel of record in more than 50 reported cases in federal and state courts and is admitted to practice in Colorado as well as the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fifth, Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

“Estate planning documents are some of the most important documents you will ever execute. They can either make a family happy or result in conflict. I’m here to make these documents work for you and your family.”

~ Dylan H. Metzner, Trusts and Estates. Mr. Metzner counsels high-net-worth individuals, corporate executives, closely held business owners, and families throughout the United States and internationally with their tax, estate and private wealth planning needs. He guides them through the maze of laws and practical considerations and carries out plans that preserve wealth through legal structures and innovative strategies, the efficient transfer of property, and the reduction of risk from tax consequences, family conflict and litigation.

“Success in business, life, relationships, or even growing a garden is a natural consequence of consistent application, a strong sense of purpose, and a healthy environment. We’re here with you on your journey toward success, helping bring your dreams into reality.”

~ Cyrus Rajabi, Corporate Law, Insurance Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Real Estate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation. Cyrus Rajabi counsels clients in emerging and established companies, mutual and hedge funds, broker-dealers, investment advisors, insurance and insurance holding companies, developers, entrepreneurs, directors & officers, and individuals, in connection with business, insurance, securities, real estate and regulatory matters.

“Regular and responsive communication leads to an expanded client relationship with better protection, better planning, and better outcomes.”

~ Ronald J. Snow, Real Estate Law. Mr. Snow brings decades of experience spearheading legal solutions and strategies in all aspects of real estate representation. He efficiently navigates complex situations as a trusted advisor to dynamic businesses in finance transactions, disputes, construction, tax planning and implementing complex transactions involving real estate assets.

“First, get the facts, all the facts—that usually dictates the conclusion and saves time, money and stomach lining.”

~ Samuel E. Wing, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law. Mr. Wing actively engages in all types of securities and business transactions, representing issuers, underwriters, private placement sales agents, and selling shareholders. He also represents companies, boards of directors, audit committees and special committees in a variety of securities matters, in going public and going private transactions and in mergers and acquisitions.

About Jones & Keller

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