Interview with Doug Fox
#1: What made you want to become a lawyer?
I was inspired by the strength and courage Atticus Finch showed in the book,
To Kill a Mockingbird, in beating back an obvious injustice by relying only on rational thought
and dedication to principle.
#2: In your opinion, what sets your firm apart from the rest?
The simple answer is that we actually and honestly care about our clients.
Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach at other firms, the strategies
Fox Firm employs to accomplish a client's objective are tailored to
each and every client's individual circumstances. Fox Firm sets itself
apart in its attention to detail and excels in accurately developing a
winning case-plan. Fox Firm also relies on the actual courtroom experience
of a trial lawyer when settlement talks break down. Out-performing another
attorney in the courtroom can make a big difference.
#3: Tell us about a case that you are particularly proud of:
I am proud anytime a client feels they were served well. Obviously, proving
my client's innocence in the face of false claims or charges is very
satisfying. I am gratified in cases when I help parents push-back against
another parent who has either unfairly tried to limit the other parent's
role in a child's life or has sought to use the child's relationship
with the other parent as some pawn in a game. Re-shaping the attitude
of an opposing spouse (or ex-spouse) who refuses to treat the other spouse
with due respect is also gratifying.
#4: What steps do you take to prepare for a difficult case?
'Difficult' cases really only become more difficult than what might
seem like 'easy' cases if either opposing counsel or the client
is particularly difficult. I try in each case to ensure that each and
every client understands what the process will be and what the likely
range of outcomes are, and I try to have my client believe that I want
to do a good and thorough job for him or her. Cases that have an extensive
amount of information or a large number of issues are more difficult in
the sense that they require the expenditure of more time in order to harvest
the set of facts necessary to tell the right story.
#5: What advice do you most often give to your clients & why?
I often tell clients to take the high road, whenever possible, because
in the end, a party who has shown himself/herself to act in good-faith
stands to be rewarded with the right results over the long-haul. Also,
try not to take the claims made in legal pleadings too personally and
understand that it could very well be that either opposing counsel or
the other party is just posturing.
#6: How do you view your role in the attorney-client relationship?
I find I am most successful when I can empathize and identify with my client's
situation. Caring about a client's well-being in addition to caring
about doing a good job in general allows me to be effective. To this extent,
my role as a lawyer is like that of a personal counselor. Many of my clients
come to me when they are in the middle of very difficult and stressful
situations. Not only do I want my clients to know that their case will
be handled properly, but I would like to help them gain some peace of
mind, no matter what the subject of their case may be.
From an operational standpoint: I see my role as attorney to be similar
to that of a quarterback: after identifying my team's strengths and
weaknesses (i.e. investigating the case and ascertaining client objectives),
I design a game plan I think will win and then go out on the field to
execute the game plan. I need my teammates (i.e. my client and/or his/her
family) to perform well. If during the course of the 'game,' I
see the need to make adjustments, then I can read the defense, rely on
my preparation and call an 'audible' to keep the ball (i.e. client's
objective) moving down the field.
#7: Tell us about a turning point in your career:
In my first year of practicing law, I tried my first felony case before
a jury and received a 'not guilty' verdict. The positive impact
on my client's life was immeasurable and I believe I won not just
because the case turned out to be pretty weak once the witnesses began
testifying, but because I was better prepared than my opposing counsel
and I was very passionate about making sure that the rational result also
became the actual outcome. When I saw the impact I could have, I was hooked.
This taste of the fruits of passion and preparation then propelled me
into a successful domestic relations and personal injury practice as well.
#8: How long have you been practicing law?
Since May 1995, immediately after I graduated law school from University
#9: Why should a prospective client choose to work with your firm?
Since it is a matter of personal pride for me that I have satisfied clients,
clients can rest assured not only that I care about accomplishing their
objectives, but that I care about every client's personal welfare.
Prospective clients should also know, however, that caring is not enough.
I can only find success in achieving results if I emphasize attention
to detail and use my extensive experience and well-sharpened courtroom
skills to design and execute a strategy that is based on the realities
of each client's particular situation. Prospective clients should
also be confident that since it is very important to me that I guard my
reputation, my intent in representing any client would be to enhance my
reputation and not suddenly begin to detract from it. Even though it is
impossible to win every case, Fox Firm does NOT over-promise and under-deliver.