Why do clients choose to work with us? Communication, continuity and customized, cost-effective service define our approach to each client and every matter. From investigating a workers' compensation claim to developing a defense plan or negotiating a fair settlement, we forge a partnership with our clients to devise fair and cost-efficient business strategies. We recommend reasonable and ethical approaches, helping our clients manage risk, avoid litigation and stay on top of new areas of employer liability.


With new workers' compensation rules emerging every few months, we systematically keep up with changes and constantly alert one another concerning legislation, regulations and judges' rulings. Each month we publish a newsletter for clients that summarizes dozens of decisions from both the Industrial Claims Appeals Office and appellate courts. Our familiarity with current rulings gives us a distinct advantage at hearing.


Within the firm we meet regularly to discuss cases and exchange ideas. E mails fly constantly sharing news of recent rulings or gathering a variety of opinions on a specific legal question. We draw constantly from each other's expertise, enhancing our effectiveness through teamwork. It's the same with our clients -- lines of communication are always open. Clients enjoy easy accessibility to quick answers, an open-door policy, and noteworthy responsiveness when they call.


We believe in building lasting relationships. A strong team including one or two attorneys and paralegals serves each client. Clients know that their cases will not be passed around the office. As a result, all of our attorneys have ongoing long-term relationships with their clients. Our goal is for each of our highly qualified attorneys to make Ritsema & Lyon his or her final career stop. Clients, lawyers, and staff alike reap the fruit of stable, close-knit working relationships.


Clients are the focal point here -- not just at the beginning of a new engagement, but consistently. Known for our thorough analysis, we take time to understand each claim and present options that make sense for our clients in the context of current rulings. All Ritsema & Lyon lawyers work hard to maintain a team-oriented atmosphere of personalized service. Each attorney carries a balanced caseload so that no one is too busy to return calls and clients regularly experience priority service. The firm holds the client's "small-firm experience" as a priority, hiring appropriately to keep attorney caseloads low and client service high.


Our attorneys have excellent reputations in the legal and business community and distinguish themselves by their talent in analyzing cases. Properly screened and prepared cases can be won with surprising frequency. We recommend litigating only cases which are likely to be won and appealing only those cases which present genuine issues of law. By sticking to this philosophy, Ritsema & Lyon attorneys have earned credibility with the workers' compensation Administrative Law Judges. Ultimately this approach saves our clients money and treats claimants fairly.


A few brief paragraphs give merely a glimpse of our lawyers, qualifications and capabilities. The rest of the story can be told only when we have the opportunity to learn more about you, your company and your legal needs. We believe in communication, client-centered business practices, thorough case analysis, fair and successful resolution to employment matters. And we practice these beliefs every day we practice law. It would be our pleasure to discuss how our services, delivered in this manner, might serve your needs.

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