You don’t know it now but in the very near future we are going to be working together and maybe for a very long time! That’s because you’re involved in a business transaction and you have resorted to some self-help in order to save some money on legal expenses.
We’re talking about avoidable conflicts that arise because someone in your marketing/sales department bypassed the lawyers and wrote up a quick, “simple” one-page consulting agreement … or you took that employment contract we did for you a couple years ago and tweaked it yourself for the new executive VP you’re hiring … or [shudder] you have a contract in place with a vendor but you both came to an “understanding” and orally agreed to revise certain terms. Don’t do it!
It may seem counter-intuitive for me to give you advice that takes business away from me and the litigation department and gives it to my transactional colleagues down the hall, but don’t worry there will always be unavoidable conflicts for me to work on. I know, it’s going to cost you to call my corporate colleagues to do this work but I can assure you it is always much less expensive to take steps to avoid litigation than it is to hire me to litigate your way out of a jam