The Law Office of Edward H. Cross & Associates, PC believes that its greatest asset is not its cases, but its clients. Our focus is on the long-term well-being of our clients. We adhere strongly to the philosophy that a successful practice is built by satisfying clients rather than by steering their cases so as to generate maximum attorneys’ fees. Success generates money; money does not constitute “success.”
The firm recognizes its responsibility to the community, and places the utmost importance on dealing with clients, witnesses, jurors, attorneys, and court personnel with courtesy and civility.
Despite the emotions the parties may be feeling, the tenets of professional conduct require lawyers to always attempt to de-escalate any controversy and bring the parties together. Except where there are strong and overriding issues of principle, the firm in every case raises and explores the potential benefit to our clients of settlement. This is done as soon as enough is known about the case to make settlement discussions meaningful. (For a description of the settlement process, and its advantages and pitfalls, see Settlement.)
However, the firm will not falsely hold out the possibility of settlement as a means for terminating discovery or delaying trial. In every case, the firm carefully considers whether the client’s interest could be adequately served and the controversy more expeditiously and economically disposed of by arbitration, mediation or other form of alternative dispute resolution.
Tip: Ask your lawyer at the outset about the availability of alternative dispute resolution.
We adhere to the general principle that from the commencement of litigation to its resolution, any elapsed time other than that reasonably required for pleadings, discovery, and court events is unacceptable and should be eliminated. We respect a strong judicial commitment in reducing litigation delay, and make every effort to achieve a just and efficient resolution of our cases.
Ethics and Honesty
The firm strictly enforces its policy of refusing to accept or continue representation where we know or have reason to know that the objective of the client is to bring an action, conduct a defense, assert a position in litigation or take an appeal, without probable cause and for the purpose of harassing or maliciously injuring any person, or to present a claim or defense in litigation that is not warranted under existing law, unless it can be supported by a good faith argument for an extension, modification or reversal of such existing law.
Above all, the law firm of Edward H. Cross & Associates proudly observes its fiduciary duty to its clients, and always strives to conduct itself with the utmost ethics, honesty, trustworthiness and respect for the laws of the state and the nation, and respect for the rights of others and for the judicial process. The firm’s experience in representing numerous corporations, business entities and private individuals enable it to thoroughly, efficiently and economically represent each of its clients. To obtain additional information concerning the firm, please do not hesitate to call.
You Need Positive Results
Many clients have great concern that hiring a lawyer will only make things worse. Unfortunately, due to widespread inferior legal services, many matters conclude where only the lawyers made money. It is our job to try to prevent that from happening to you.
Cross & Associates is committed to making a difference for our clients and contributing to the improvement of their lives. Our success is due to our ability to achieve a result for our clients that is substantially better than they would have received if they had not hired us.
We represent consumers and owners of small businesses across the United States. Our expertise is in indoor environmental law, construction defects, real estate non-disclosure, negligence, and business law.
We will only represent clients when we feel strongly we can provide a meaningful benefit. It is important that our clients have a strong commitment to the cause. It is the reason why we are known for our enthusiasm and relentless efforts to obtain a just result.
Experience is Key
Over forty years of experience in challenging litigation provide us with a powerful staff, and researchers, and experts who play a crucial role in achieving favorable results for our clients.
Strong Financial Support
Our definition of quality legal services is giving a client thorough efforts and not skimping on preparing evidence, even when it is expensive to do so. It is not uncommon for us to invest $100,000 or more in a case, where the circumstances warrant. We take these investments seriously, and endeavor to arrive at a result that makes good economic sense for the client. These resources are necessary when suing “deep pockets.”
We believe the difference between good and bad results often depends on raw instinct and business sense—that which many lawyers lack. You may have heard the old adage “most lawyers are just good at law—not at business.” Cross & Associates does not underestimate the importance of the economic outcome of a case, and prides itself on achieving results that make good business sense. Satisfying our clients’ sense of justice requires the steadfast exercise of good business sense. Getting justice demands both diligent case preparation and the will to demand an equitable result. We have the energy and the motivation to go the extra mile for you.