Paige D. Bartholomew concentrates her practice in commercial litigation. She conducts legal research and analysis, drafts pleadings, prepares discovery devices and writes legal memoranda. She is a frequent contributor to Farrell Fritz’s New York Commercial Division Practice blog.
What do you keep in mind when managing a client relationship?
I always keep in mind the bigger picture: What does the client want at the end of this representation? It’s about understanding what the client wants, what the client needs and what the expectations are. Once I have this understanding, I can develop a strategy to attain the goal. Keeping the client apprised of the best strategy to achieve the desired outcome is a way to foster ties and build trust. Maintaining effective communication, sticking to a strategy and managing expectations leads to strong client ties.
“Ultimately, success means helping my clients get the outcomes they desire through hard work, preparation and dedication.”
What’s the main reason clients should choose Farrell Fritz for representation?
Reputation. It’s one of the best law firms on Long Island, not only to work for, but because the lawyers here are well respected in their fields. They’re highly competent, very personable, respectful and professional. The whole firm works as a team, so a client is really benefitting from the experience of the entire firm. If I have a question outside my field, I can walk down the hall and get the answer I need. Everyone is willing to offer their knowledge to anyone else in the firm.
How are you involved in the local community?
Before I graduated law school, I was selected to be a Pro Bono Scholar, a program of the New York State Unified Court System. I completed 500 hours of pro bono service in the local community. Those I served were people who couldn’t afford an attorney and needed representation for a range of matters, including criminal defense, commercial and estate litigation. Because of this experience, I have come to value pro bono service and appreciate the value of giving back to others.