Roots & Values
Originally focused exclusively on litigation, the firm earned a reputation for high - quality, aggressive, no-nonsense litigation in both state and federal courts. Nevertheless, over the past two decades clients have insisted that the firm's characteristic pragmatism be also applied to corporate, general business and transactional matters. Beyond advice on governance and contracts, this has included the formation of software, hardware, telecommunications, consulting, construction, retail, and professional services companies. Consequently, the Law Offices of Basil P. Fthenakis provides general counsel to several closely held or developing growth businesses that prefer well-reasoned simplicity over legal complexity in their business affairs.
Because of its independence and its reputation for quality, the firm has developed advantageous relationships with corporate legal departments as well as other law firms both within and outside of Silicon Valley. The firm regularly serves as separate counsel to individuals and entities in situations involving potential conflicts of interest, and serves as local counsel in litigation venued in the Bay Area. For example, on numerous occasions, the firm has served as separate counsel to mobile employees in trade secret and unfair competition claims involving large publicly held companies. Similarly, the firm has represented outside directors in shareholder and securities litigation. The firm also serves as litigation counsel in association with other boutique law firms that specialize in matters such as patent prosecution, or real estate and corporate transactional matters. The firm regularly handles patent infringement litigation in conjunction with firms that limit their practice to patent prosecution. The firm has also conducted internal audits and investigations at the request of in-house counsel.
Our Modern Approach
Despite its new look, the firm continues the tradition of quality work, focused on meeting its clients' needs in a responsive and personal fashion while maintaining the highest commitment to professional excellence. While it retains the characteristic cost-effective quality work that clients can count on, the firm has adapted its practice to the rapidly evolving technological landscape of Silicon Valley by embracing newly available virtual communication technologies. The result--a highly flexible, efficient work process that allows for maximum communication with clients every step of the way.
The firm prides itself on being an attractive and cost effective alternative to larger law firms. Here at the firm, we strongly believe that quality legal representation by experienced, dedicated, and creative attorneys can be delivered in a cost-effective manner. We recognize that judicious use of resources is essential to maintaining control over complex legal matters and their costs.
With the advent of more modern communication technologies, the firm now offers virtual services. Meetings need not necessarily be confined to the four walls of the traditional office - the firm is available virtually at the client's convenience. Whether a client is at the beach, in the office, or on the road, we are available for virtual meetings to provide personal communication with clients.
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