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With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to evolve, many industries will see a shift in what was once considered the norm. Leaders in every field are moving with diligence to ensure the best interest and protection of their business, employees, and clients. With the dust just beginning to settle, it’s crucial to get an adept understanding of the business and economic implications resulting from the coronavirus. 

As a society, we have confided in the council and opinions of trusted attorneys since the dawn of this country. Lawmen in almost every area of practice have always played a key role in making sense of unsettling times. With that being said, some of the nation’s most decorated, and respected attorneys and law firms weigh in on their experiences thus far dealing with the ramifications of this crisis that is impacting life as we know it. Our Public Relations investigates.

  1. Leslie Dillon Thomas, the founder of Thomas-Walters Estate Planning, has estate planning firms spread across northern Texas and multiple states. Given the current circumstances, Thomas was able to work remotely during the start of the pandemic. “We were declared an essential business in Texas and, as such, we stayed open while practicing social distancing and CDC cleaning measures.” Thomas says that they’ve been able to serve more clients, more efficiently with the use of technology. “Prior to the pandemic, we did a lot of educational events in the community regarding estate planning issues and strategies. We shifted to doing those virtually, using a webinar format. We have been very pleased with the results and find that a lot of our clients and potential clients appreciate not having to get dressed and drive across town, and deal with parking to meet with their lawyer.”
  2. Marcus Esther is the founder of The Law Office of Marcus Esther, PLLC, a criminal defense firm that represents clients charged with misdemeanors and felonies. With the pandemic showing no signs of slowing down in the near future, Esther’s firm is working remotely during the quarantine. Technology has aided in how court proceedings are being held. “Client and courtroom interaction has changed since this pandemic started. Most of our client interaction is by phone, video call, or e-mail. Courtroom interaction has also changed. Most courts have established Zoom hearings or other forms of virtual communication.”
  3. Kim Rockwood, founder of Kim Rockwood Law, LLC, offers a wide range of legal services. Rockwood’s firm provides an enforceable plan for the deaths of family members and support for small business owners. Though there has been a decrease in clients for law firms around the country, Rockwood used this as an advantage to make changes in her marketing, service strategy, and systems. “I’ve changed the way I deliver my service to make it as virtual as possible. There are still things I must do in person, but those are only about 25% of the full experience now (as opposed to about 50% prior to COVID). All my marketing is now done online, whereas prior to COVID about 30% of my marketing was online. Without that person to person contact, the results have not been comparable.”
  4. Randall C. Grantham, the founder of Law Offices of Randall C. Grantham, is a firm that focuses on criminal defense. Grantham has reduced office hours and provided services remotely by phone calls or virtual meetings. “ZOOM meetings and telephone depositions were conducted in the more important cases (where clients were incarcerated) and pleas were negotiated to misdemeanors to allow pleas by paper pleadings, rather than in-person court appearances. In-person interviews and depositions are not being done except in rare cases.”
  5. Violet Nwokoye, the founder of Nwokoye law Firm PLLC, provides general practice involving civil litigations and business transactions. Throughout the pandemic, Nwokoye’s firm has remained open, assisting clients on very limited terms. As the nation gradually opens up, she has seen a hint of normalcy. “The aspect of my business that has changed is the ability to have in-person meetings with clients and consultations with potential clients. We now utilize virtual conferences more whereas prior to COVID we did not. We have reduced the use of paper and have most forms available online, our clients are adapting to sending documents online rather than in-person drop-offs or mailing.”

In just a matter of weeks, the state of globalization and business has been altered drastically for everyone. These are unprecedented times that will test the ability of many to adapt and remain resilient. As we each develop and execute our own plans for the future, it’s all the more necessary that we look to our nation’s greatest business owners, community leaders, and it elects for guidance and voice on what lies ahead. In the heat of the crisis, one thing is for certain – after hearing these testimonies from some of the nation’s top attorneys, we should never doubt the ability of the American people to come together and rise ahead with the proper knowledge, courage, and perseverance. 

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