EXPERIENCE AND EFFICIENCY, A WINNING COMBINATION:
Dinsmore & Sandelmann, LLP is a small and extremely effective law firm specializing in civil litigation and focused areas of transactional law. A major advantage of hiring us instead of a large firm is that every aspect of your case will be personally handled by Mr. Dinsmore and/or Mr. Sandelmann, not a low level associate or paralegal whose main function is to generate billable hours and who does not have the knowledge, skills or experience to navigate the complicated minefield of civil litigation. The traditional large firm assigns such an associate or paralegal to perform the bulk of pre-trial work, including the “discovery” process, the critical phase of serving and responding to interrogatories (written questions to be answered under oath), requests to produce documents, taking and defending depositions, and generally marshalling all of the evidence to be relied upon at trial. We have two attorneys, both seasoned veterans, who personally or in tandem handle the discovery process and every other phase of the case. Most cases are already won or lost by the time discovery is completed. The delegation of this essential function to an inexperienced associate or paralegal, the practice of most large firms, is a recipe for disaster that we regularly use to the advantage of our clients.
In today’s technologically advanced world, the playing field in the legal battle between “David v. Goliath” has been leveled, if not tipped to the advantage of David. At Dinsmore & Sandelmann, some of the technological advantages we use to dramatically increase success against adversaries of all sizes and to decrease the expenses of our clients include:
Comprehensive online law library that would fill thousands of square feet in a traditional library and is accessible from any place and any time through the Internet.
Capacity to store, search and transmit from any location virtually unlimited pages of documents by scanning them through our high-speed on-site scanning technology.
Utilization of voice recognition software that enables us to dictate directly into any type of document with immediate transcription of our speech (versus the common method employed by attorneys in most large law firms to record on a tape that must be transcribed by a secretary, a time-consuming and costly procedure).
Use of PowerPoint and other software to create and present compelling graphic illustrations and summaries of evidence for use at trial, arbitration or settlement negotiations.
Video-taping depositions for use at trial and video-taping clients for trial preparation.
Because we are a small firm and do not require thousands of square feet of marble-adorned office space, fancy furnishings or a large and cumbersome staff, our overhead expense is low and allows us to provide the highest quality representation at rates not otherwise attainable. Furthermore, we believe you will find, as do we, that the aesthetics of our humble downtown Manhattan Beach office provide a refreshing and rejuvenating alternative to the monolithic skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles, Century City and the like. We also offer great flexibility in our billing methods, which include contingency (percentage of the recovery), hourly, flat rates or hybrids of the foregoing. For almost all of our contingency cases, we advance all of the costs so there is no up-front expense to our client. Most importantly, we truly care about each of our clients and fight for them as though they were family or close friends, always placing their best interests first and foremost.