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This and That by Dennis Wade (WCM Celebrates 25 Years)


March 13, 2019 at 5:46:05 PM

<p style="text-align: justify;">25 years. A quarter of a century. That’s how long WCM has flown its banner, serving our clients, delivering, I believe, superior outcomes.  The question begged, of course, is whether, in the hyper- competitive market in which we compete (insurance and related controversies), longevity as a firm, stability, really matter? We recognize, to be sure, many old line legacy firms carry the names of partners who now practice in the clouds, high above the day-to-day contests of insurance controversies. But recently, I was struck by the advertisement for Farmers Insurance: “We know a thing or two. Because we’ve seen a thing or two.” And in our 25 years of practice, we’ve seen a thing or two—and I believe that gives us an edge on the advice we give and the defenses we put forward on behalf of our clients—you and your customers.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Our website touts “Judgment Forged By Experience.” And, while a slogan, it goes to the heart of what we believe: The law must be judged through the prism of experience. Just today, I chatted with a client, frustrated with a jurist who seemed to be in the pocket of the other side.  “It happens,” I said, “but what counts is our next move.”  Railing against a bad draw on the wheel of justice serves an important purpose--venting; but, experience teaches, the focus must be on the next steps. Successful outcomes don’t turn on border skirmishes; they turn on who, on balance, comes out on top of the matter. And that is precisely where experience and the fortitude of having seen a thing or two really matter.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">We’ve all heard “Less is more” in a variety of contexts.  Less does not really refer to verbiage; it refers to the key points necessary to win the contest. Our collective experience, like a knife honed to a fine edge, allows us to cut away what is extraneous and to carve into bite size pieces what is essential to make the best possible case for our clients.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">We can’t change the facts.  But we can shape the outcome by a relentless focus on making the complex simple, and by a renewed commitment to keeping our clients’ interests at the center of all that we do.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">And that’s it for this <strong><em>This and That</em></strong>.  Stay tuned for the next 25.</p>

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