Horenstein Law Group was formed during a time of seismic changes occurring in a decades long staid and static legal profession. Clients are rightfully demanding more responsive, cost effective and collaborative legal services using the latest in technology. HLG embraces these changes in the industry to the benefit of our clients.
Formerly a business and real estate attorney lawyer with the northwest regional law firm Miller Nash, Steve Horenstein has held a number of management positions that have given him the opportunity to study best practices in serving client needs in today’s business environment. Cindy Horenstein brings extensive experience as well, having practiced with Horenstein and Duggan, and with her own firm, for over 30 years.
HLG maintains all of the positive values clients expect from a traditional law firm, including excellent, well-trained lawyers, high level work product, and responsiveness. In addition, the firm is responding to new client needs and expectations that have evolved in part because of the economy. We are now recovering from a prolonged recession that has forever changed the practice of law. Clients now expect a higher level of service where billings are based on value received and results obtained rather than just hours worked. Better access to lawyers and documents through client focused technology is a trend that HLG embraces. HLG has implemented seven core firm values to address these needs. We believe these are fundamental to what we call “a next generation law firm.”
All highly talented and well trained, as typically found at large law firms.
Virtual connectivity and communication is easier in today’s business environment than it has ever been. Our collaborative client-centric software allows us to provide responsiveness and interactions at higher levels than ever before.
Horenstein Law Group uses the latest and most secure cloud based client document management software. This puts the detail of your matter within a few mouse-clicks away for quick access during your calls and visits. And, we have access to your documents from anywhere we happen to be — on our laptops, tablets and phones — whenever you need us.
Our collaborative client relationship software allows us to communicate with our clients electronically for the client intake process, regular communications about your matter and through final billing. You can even pay your billing with a credit card right from your billing if you choose to.
Clients demand more efficiency and cost effectiveness in the handling of their legal matters than ever before. Developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning have facilitated new software for law firms. We use Document Review Software to quickly scan legal documents for structural, definitional and consistency issues before the actual lawyer review takes place. This saves clients hours of attorney review time and reduces costs accordingly. We use AI based legal research software that is far more cost effective and reliable than traditional legal research software.
Offering legal services is just part of the package. We know it’s important to keep our clients abreast of legal issues that impact their business. Whether we are working on a current matter or not, we provide you the latest information relevant to your business through the use of Social Media Software and emails, through our Client Contact Management Software, sending regular legal updates and newsletters. This keeps our clients current on important issues that can impact business now or in the future, so that they can strategically plan with more certainty and clarity.
We know this sounds cliché. We aren’t kidding. We provide our clients comprehensive or matter by matter representation for their legal needs, utilizing the expertise within the firm and that of outside co-counsel. The firm has collaborative relationships within the following areas of specialized practice: tax, securities, intellectual property (i.e., patents, trademarks, tradenames), commercial and real estate litigation. We are a concierge for all of our client’s legal business needs.
Our most important value is to interact with our clients with integrity, candor and responsiveness.
For decades lawyers have billed clients by the hour, but at HLG hourly billing is a choice of last resort. What do you gain by knowing the rate without the full and complete cost of legal services? Our preference is to bill you for the value we provide by working with you to design a fee structure that best meets your needs. We have developed multiple alternative fee methodologies including flat fees; predetermined fees for scopes of services; budgets and scopes with not-to-exceed caps; and fee estimates with estimate perimeters. Each case is unique and deserves its own consideration as to what will work best.
We care about the community we live and work in and we feel a need to give back. Our community involvement and relationships afford access that is an outcome of this involvement, and benefit clients in all areas of our practice.
Our involvement has included work with such organizations as the Columbia River Economic Development Council, the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Washington State University Vancouver, Identity Clark County, Leadership Clark County, Clark College, The Humane Society of Southwest Washington, Downtown Vancouver Association, the YWCA, The Hough Foundation, The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington and more.
We also support and engage with elected officials at the local, state and federal level. Our focus for this engagement does not involve political parties or persuasions; we support those who have a focus on improving our community. We use the relationships, connections and access we gain with our community involvement for the benefit of our clients, whenever appropriate.
The attorneys at Horenstein Law Group take an active interest in our community. With time and treasure, we have supported a wide variety of organizations and activities in the area, including the Vancouver Symphony, the Center for the Arts, the Clark County Volunteer Lawyers program, the Pearson Air Museum, Washington State University Vancouver, the Columbia River Economic Development Council, the Pink Power fundraising event for PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, the Pink Lemonade cancer nonprofit, the Community Foundation of Southwest Washington, the YWCA, Southwest Washington Medical Center, the Humane Society and various homeless shelters and food banks.