The firm was established on July 4, 1982 by a small group of attorneys who sought a different and special relationship with clients. From a modest beginning, the firm grew steadily as existing clients entrusted more responsibility to our attorneys and as word-of-mouth brought new clients to the firm. Today, we have grown to be among the largest, mid-sized firms in Houston, with an office in McAllen. Our growth is, and will be, slow, steady and conservative.
It is not enough to be successful. It is not enough to be admired by your peers. It is not even enough to be a "success" in the eyes of your clients.
What is required is a constant quest for excellence. Excellence is our expectation of both the judicial system and ourselves. We expect that our friends - as well as our adversaries - will conduct themselves in a professional fashion, and we demand that our standards be the ones followed, not those of a lesser individual. We seek excellence in our recruiting program, in staffing of the office, in case preparation and case presentation. Excellence does not mean excess. It means obtaining the best possible result given the time, money and opposition involved in each legal service we are called upon to deliver.
Our philosophy is simple: treat the client as we would like to be treated were we the client.
We do not promise success. No lawyer can or should hold out that expectation. But we can treat the client's interests as if they were our own. And, in the process we think we enhance the client's reputation by the selection the client made of its counsel. Judges, opposing counsel, and the Bar make decisions based, in part, on reputation. Phillips ✯ Akers ✯ Womac is a name that means something in Texas.
We believe in being happy and in being confident. No legal problem is so serious that it should affect a person's outlook on life. We perform best - as do most people - when we are in a positive frame of mind, and we know, as professionals, that confidence and forthrightness are contagious. Our image and the client's welfare are enhanced by an appearance of confidence and well being.
We believe in helping one another. And, we expect the client to help, too. The client is an integral part of our team. There is no other way to put it. Some clients will want to be distant. Some will want to have more participation. That is their choice. Either way, the client is a team participant, and the whole effort is improved by this joint participation.
And finally, our philosophy is that the American Legal System is the greatest system in History for resolving disputes between citizens. We recognize that no system is perfect. But, we are committed to our Legal System, and to this end we are dedicated to pro bono programs, participation in Bar functions, serving as speakers for Continuing Legal Education seminars, election to office, and conducting ourselves in ways that will cause our friends and neighbors to look on us and our firm with admiration. We don't criticize the System. We try to improve it.