FryeLaw PLLC clients deal regularly with environmental, health, and safety
(EHS) issues. Many have knowledgeable environmental lawyers or other
environmental professionals on their staff. They turn to outside law firms for
especially important, difficult, or specialized matters. For most matters,
they need real expertise, rather than a team of a few senior lawyers
managing a number of young lawyers.
The law firm model of the last century may not be best-suited for addressing
clients’ EHS problems, in light of the continually increasing sophistication of
clients and the law, and due to the emergence in recent years of a whole
new level of communication and information technology.
With email, voice recognition software and off-site transcription services,
computerized legal research, electronic document storage, and the like, a
small firm can provide the same level of service for many matters as a large
firm, and more efficiently. FryeLaw PLLC has the flexibility to use the latest
technology and to use just the resources needed to apply to a client’s issues.
Operating as FryeLaw PLLC, Russell Frye can continue to do the majority of
his clients’ work himself, but The Virtual EHS Law Firm™ concept gives
FryeLaw PLLC the ability to provide additional expertise, experience, and
manpower needed for the particular demands of a client’s matter, without
the overhead of a large firm. With essentially the entire resources of the
firm in a secure laptop and mirrored on a high-capacity disk drive stored
remotely, FryeLaw PLLC is especially robust with respect to business
interruption – sadly, a special concern in Washington, DC. More generally,
this “office in a laptop” allows more responsiveness and adaptability to client
Because of our philosophy, our effective use of the technology, and the
billing arrangements available for a small firm, we are able to offer our
clients significantly reduced costs for the same or better service.
FryeLaw PLLC clients are not charged for:
- Long distance telephone charges (excluding conference call fees)
- Sending or receiving domestic faxes
- Computerized legal research (e.g. Lexis or Westlaw)
- Day-to-day copying (large jobs, such as service copies of briefs or
document production in discovery,
will be handled by a copy firm at low per-page rates)
- Word processing
- Document printing
- Scanning and pdf conversion
- Secretarial overtime (except special projects with prior approval)
At other firms, such charges often add 10% or more to the bill. Our billing
practices are focused on fairness and value—we do not bill for preparing bills,
correcting our own mistakes, or learning a new area of the law. We will not
order an expensive meal on the client because we happen to be working
late, fly First Class while our clients sit in Coach, or send a bill for providing
an answer in a three-minute phone call. Recognizing that clients often have
a choice of consulting a lawyer whose office is much closer to the client or
to the problem, FryeLaw PLLC does not charge for attorney travel time—
meaning we may record less time for a meeting at EPA Region 9 in San
Francisco than would an attorney with offices in San Jose.
In addition, with our reduced overhead and no “legacy costs,” FryeLaw PLLC
can offer hourly rates for attorneys that are substantially less than hourly rates
charged by other lawyers with comparable experience and reputation…in
some cases, a third or more less. Additionally, Russ Frye’s clients consistently
comment on the care he takes in assuring that the time spent on a matter and
the fees charged are fair and reasonable. We are open to considering
alternative fee arrangements (monthly retainer, fee cap or fixed fee,
contingent fees, and the like), as well.
FryeLaw PLLC clients get personal attention from lawyers with decades of
EHS experience. Our clients come to us because of our effectiveness in
solving their problems and advocating their interests: the fact that we can do
so at a very favorable cost makes FryeLaw PLLC an easy choice.
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