Periconi, LLC, prides itself on the number of significant matters it handles and has handled that are referrals from other law firms.
You can be confident that you will show your client (existing or prospective) that your concern to have the client’s matter handled properly — thus, your concern for the client’s welfare — is far greater than any desire to earn a fee. By doing this, you will retain the good will of your firm’s existing or prospective client and rely on referring a matter to Periconi, LLC, whose long-time Martindale-Hubbell AV* rating — the highest possible — puts it in an elite class of attorneys (no more than 5% of all attorneys have this rating). (Let’s add, too, you won’t need to worry that Periconi, LLC, which only represents clients with environmental law issues, will “poach” on an existing client relationship for nonenvironmental matters.)
Here are the most typical circumstances and examples where a referral to Periconi, LLC, is appropriate and helpful to you and your firm:
- A. Your firm has no environmental law expertise and issues have arisen. This can run the gamut of, most typically, requiring environmental due diligence in a commercial real estate transaction, to an environmental enforcement matter. This is our most typical source of referrals;
- B. Your firm has a conflict of interest for the particular new environmental matter an existing (or prospective) firm client has brought to you, seeking your assistance;
- C. Your firm, while it has environmental law expertise, charges billing rates that are too high for either an existing firm client or for a prospective client, and your firm does not want to lose the client’s good will for future matters; at the same time, you need to reassure the client that the firm to which you refer that client has the skill, experience and reputation in the environmental bar;
- D. Your firm has environmental counsel in its office in another state, but for an existing client, you need New York-specific environmental law expertise (because the property is there);
- E. Your firm, located in another state, is the primary counsel handling a significant litigation in New York state or federal courts, and you need local environmental counsel or co-counsel because of those substantive environmental issues in New York, and/or because of Periconi, LLC‘s knowledge and experience of the local conditions, including the courts, particular judges or opposing environmental counsel;
- F. Your firm has New York City-based environmental law associates, but no partners, for a sophisticated enforcement or other matter requiring partner-level environmental expertise and long-time experience with U.S. EPA or NYSDEC;
- G. To protect a client or even your own firm, you are initiating an environmental investigation of a corporate client for which one of your firm’s corporate lawyers is a director of the board, possibly even the outside general counsel; the matter requires erection of a wall at the outset between potential conflicts that might arise during the investigation between the interests of the corporation and the interests of an individual director. You need another law firm at the start to represent that existing firm corporate client, so that your firm is not conflicted from any representation in the matter.
- H. In a criminal environmental law investigation or prosecution, your firm represents the corporation, and you need to find criminal environmental defense attorneys for a manager or director of the company whose liability is distinct from that of the corporate client.
- I. You would like a regular working relationship with our firm by which Periconi, LLC, is virtually your in-house environmental counsel, to provide advice to you on environmental issues as if we were just down the hall. We can keep track of time for your various matters with environmental issues either in one monthly invoice (with entries designated by client/matter), or by an invoice for each client/matter for which you call us.
*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.