Recently, we’ve got to thinking about our law firm mission statement and what it means to us and our clients.
Some many years ago, I read the book entitled “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey. One of the habits in question is “First Things First.” Now, when I first read about this, I thought the whole concept was self-evident because who wouldn’t keep first things first? However, I came to learn that many people, myself included, are confused about what is considered a first thing. A whole separate book was written on that habit: “First Things First.” I read and studied that book and it helped me re-evaluate exactly what the first things are – what the first thing is: what am I trying to accomplish in my life.
In fact, this book is the one which prompted the application of a “Mission statement,” which every business seems to have these days. Now, I will not comment on whether those businesses are living up to the flowery over the top language of their business statement. I will tell you that I prepared a mission statement for my law firm a long time ago. It has been suggested that I share it with my clients and others who might be considering my law firm.
Here it is:
Law Firm Mission – December 9, 2001
To support a thriving workplace based on Christian values and principles;
To create a win/win relationship with my clients and employees;
To provide the best possible legal advice to my clients;
To clearly identify my client’s legal needs and to carefully assess how the legal system will affect them economically, physically, emotionally and spiritually;
To identify my client’s greatest needs and to fulfill those needs in every respect possible; and
To create a mutually profitable and enjoyable workplace for my employees and myself.
I have reviewed our law firm mission statement over the years and the lawyer in me can always try to think of a better way to say things but the message stays the same. That does not mean we are not seeking to improve; however, my goal was to keep the mission simple and honest – a standard we can live and work by and yet strive to reach well-defined goals.
Any input you may have on this is requested and encouraged. Any time you think we are not meeting our own standards, you are welcome to call us out on it. A law firm mission statement is ineffective without re-evaluation and diligent effort to put those words into practice.
Herbert M. Hill, P.A. is a law firm located in Orlando, Florida with a practice extending throughout the state of Florida. While the vast majority of cases handled are for disability insurance benefits, other areas of practice include employee benefit claims of all sorts. The firm handles any claims arising under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) for disability benefits, medical benefits, retirement benefits of any sort, including pension, 401k, termination agreements or the like as well as claims arising under private disability policies.
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