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We draw upon decades of experience as advocates, advisors, and opponents to devise practical, insightful, and efficient strategies for clients’ individual needs. We tailor solutions to fit actual legal problems. We make sure clients and attorneys both understand the full extent of the problem at hand, the goals to be achieved, and the time and budget allocated for resolution. When appropriate, we are willing to work with the client on alternative fee arrangements, from full contingency to blended structures. We are your partner in tackling your problems and getting you results.

Together, we’ll set expectations, and then we’ll either meet or exceed them. We won’t sugar-coat, and we won’t mislead. We’ll just tell it like it is. Good, bad, or indifferent. Here’s why: We succeed by putting ourselves in the shoes of our clients, and using all our talents to achieve what is best for them in each particular case, whatever that is. With this approach, we find our clients use us again and again, and recommend us to their closest friends and associates.


Our litigation philosophy is not “one-size-fits-all.” We understand there is no ready-made template for resolving your case. There’s just your case. And it merits individualized attention so that the right resources are brought to bear on the right problems at the right time. That means calibrating actual solutions to real problems. When overwhelming force is needed, the gloves come off, and we’ll use our skills and talents as seasoned litigators to apply relentless pressure.

By contrast, “do nothing” is sometimes a thoughtful and effective legal strategy. Most lawyers are afraid to discuss this latter option. We’re not most lawyers. We understand there is also a time for nuance, the power of a personal meeting, and the wonders that can result from picking-up the phone versus hiding behind brazen emails. Consequently, we don’t confuse the urge to Do Something with doing The Right Thing. Our opponents fear facing us in court, and we use that stick forcefully. But it also means we don’t waste clients’ time or money pursuing ineffective legal strategies.


Clients are at the center of everything we do. Clients bring us interesting work and they pay our bills. In exchange, we dedicate ourselves to working our tails off to help them achieve their objectives. Clients have a right to expect top-notch service, and that is centerpiece to our culture. Calls that get returned promptly. Emails answered the same day (often within the hour), and responses that help clients answer questions, resolve problems, and consider options before critical decisions need to be made. That’s what we do. Every day.

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  • The attorneys of premier litigation boutiques Abelson Herron Halpern LLP and Huang Ybarra Gelberg & May LLP have joined forces to form Halpern May Ybarra Gelberg LLP.
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We have assembled a team of elite talent, with a deep-seeded commitment to excellence and always putting the client first. Moreover, our size enables our partners to be amazingly accessible and give personal attention to every matter.

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