OUR Law Firm
Lyden, Chappell & Dewhirst, Ltd.
All competent law firms work hard on behalf of their clients. But hard work, by itself, is not enough. Often, it's the approach, not just the effort, which really counts.
Lyden, Chappell & Dewhirst, Ltd. is a business-minded law firm based in Toledo, Ohio, with a satellite office located in Monroe, Michigan, serving clients primarily throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Originally founded in 1998, the firm is currently composed of seven attorneys licensed in Ohio, Michigan, and other states, with a broad range of legal experiences and backgrounds. Many of our attorneys developed their practices in larger law firms prior to entering the firm, which affords our clients big firm legal experience through a congenial small firm environment.
The firm represents a broad spectrum of clients, including individuals, business entities, and not-for-profit organizations. Our primary concern is to achieve the best results for our clients’ particular matters, while maintaining the highest level of ethical integrity. Our attorneys often work together on complex cases, in order to maximize our resources to provide effective and efficient results. The firm continues to grow each year, but has been able to maintain the small firm atmosphere that it was founded upon.
- Changing the way law firms do business.
Lyden, Chappell & Dewhirst, Ltd. is a premier law firm that strives to achieve results that exceed expectations through our commitment to our clients and by adding maximum value to their business. Our core mission is to provide high quality legal services with integrity, professionalism and respect for our clients and the community. In doing this, we enjoy and strive for a collegial group practice while recognizing that our principal goal is to serve our clients effectively. We handle complex and sophisticated matters locally, nationally and internationally, while being accessible, efficient, responsive and technologically sophisticated.
IN PURSUIT OF THIS MISSION, WE WILL HOLD TO THESE VALUES:
EXCELLENCE. We strive to become one of the most sought-after providers of legal services in the region.
SERVICE. We endeavor to meet or exceed the expectations of our clients in all aspects of their legal representation.
ENCOURAGEMENT. We promote a collegial atmosphere in which all individuals are encouraged to learn, improve and excel and to become leaders in the legal, business and civic communities.
STRENGTH. We conduct our affairs to provide the financial strength and growth necessary to attract and keep the highest quality lawyers and staff.
DIVERSITY. We encourage diversity among our members and respect for differences among us.
SUPPORTIVENESS. We work daily to enhance the supportive attitude, common bond and collective sense of humor -- the special working atmosphere -- which is a hallmark of our firm.
Why choose us
We strive to be attentive, diligent, and successful for each client.
The attorney-client relationship is not supposed to be a “let the buyer beware” or a “charge as much as you can get away with” relationship. Regrettably, the corporate model used by so many law firms violates these fundamentals. Based on Wall Street-style financial metrics, it pressures attorneys to produce unrealistic financial returns on a short term basis. That forces attorneys to do what attorneys are not supposed to do: financial production becomes primary; everything else is secondary; and the attorney-client relationship becomes something it was never intended to be.
From the start, our business plan focused on creating client satisfaction over the long term, as opposed to generating as much income as we can from each client each month. Our rates, as compared to the so-called “big firms,” reflect this approach. The idea was to create an ever-increasing body of continuing client relationships—satisfied, loyal clients who knew that we considered them to be our partners, not just fee producers, and on which we could depend for our professional success.
Our approach has worked: over the last two decades we have grown and prospered along with our clients, and we've been well compensated—in many forms—for the choices we've made.
Our attorneys understand that they are not just professionals, they are service professionals. There’s a difference.
We have grown because our clients consider us their partners. We are not deal breakers. We do not pour fuel on fires. We know the importance of proactive communication. We return calls. We keep you advised. We are amenable to sensible, alternative fee arrangements that involve risk sharing and accountability. If you need it by Wednesday, that’s when you’ll have it.