Douglas J. Shumway is a licensed attorney in the states of Texas and Utah and has a wide-ranging transactional…
Brent D. Huntley is a partner at our law firm who practices primarily in commercial litigation, construction defect, and…
Justin D. Niedens is an associate attorney at the firm’s San Antonio, Texas office focusing primarily in family law…
Gerrit Schulze is an associate attorney licensed in the State of Texas. Mr. Schulze focuses on both…
David G. Gutierrez is an attorney at our law firm’s San Antonio, Texas office. David focuses primarily on immigration…
Why choose our law firm over a solo practitioner or small law firm?
We are in an age of specialization and because of the rapid increase in information creation and distribution it is no longer reasonable to expect one attorney to keep up with a number of areas of law or the complexities related thereto. Our law firm is comprised of top legal minds, each focusing on a few areas of law, and each focusing on being the best he or she can be in such areas of practice. This is no different from any other mid to large law firm; however, what makes Shumway Van special is its ability to create strategic teams with the knowledge and resources to best accomplish the task in the most efficient way possible. Our clients work with the right lawyers rather than whatever lawyers are available to bill hours at that particular time.
How will I know which attorney in the group is best for me?
Because so many of our law firm’s clients come from referrals, our lawyers strive to keep the attorney a client was referred to involved in the creation of the legal team that will work on a matter. It is rarely advantageous to have one attorney or one team handle all of a client’s legal matters no matter the type of law that is applicable, most clients get exposure to a number of attorneys. However, each client knows that they can always communicate questions or concerns to the attorney of their choosing. Everyone stays involved when it comes to customer service matters!
How will I be kept informed of the progress of my case?
Our lawyers understand the importance of communication and transparency between an attorney and client. Although we would like the opportunity to discuss the ebb and flow or each matter as it progresses, oftentimes clients prefer status updates via email on a regular basis and phone calls once per month. Lawsuits in particular have a way of stretching out over long periods of time so clients often perceive that ages have gone by without activity. Our attorneys and staff recognize the slow nature of litigation and the frustration that can cause clients so we attempt to make our communications frequent and meaningful and strive to help clients set appropriate expectations while keeping the non-essential costs related to a lawsuit to a minimum.
What will the legal service cost?
Each client is entitled to know, to the extent that our lawyers can reasonably inform the client at the initial consultation, what the legal fees will be. We encourage a frank, open discussion about our fees before and during every legal representation so that expectations can be appropriately set and understanding of concerns achieved and each concern addressed. In a lawsuit there are numerous things that either side can do to dramatically increase cost and/or delay, in addition to the cost associated with dealing with the surprises that often occur when all of the documents are on the table and depositions have been done. Because this is the case it is most difficult to provide an exact price in litigation. That being said, our attorneys try to keep each client informed about the cost of each aspect of a lawsuit so that the client is never surprised by a large legal bill.
From extremely complex litigation and complicated transactional, regulatory and personal matters, the attorneys at Shumway Van & Hansen take care of me, my businesses, and my family. I would recommend them to anyone at anytime.
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