The future of law is bright for those attorneys and firms willing to not only embrace change, but to take a leading role in it. Such is the position of Sumner Schick, LLP, says Justin V. Sumner, managing partner.
“We’re building a futuristic law firm that’s truly on the cutting edge. We have extremely talented and experienced attorneys in so many different verticals, that ultimately we’ve become a one stop shop for our clients. When you have an expert in transactions you have an expert in litigation, you have an expert in employment law, you have an expert in health care compliance and regulatory, corporate and employment law, and experts in other areas, you have a real full-service law firm. Add to that the latest in technology, hybrid officing with full remote video conferencing capabilities, and attorney and client convenience, you’re not only on the cutting edge, you’re leading it.
During the coronavirus pandemic Sumner Schick a pure civil litigation trial law firm since 1986 pivoted direction out of necessity purchasing its first stand-alone building in the Uptown area of Dallas and diversifying its practice.
“You either embrace change and progress and adjust or you may just get left behind,” Sumner says.
Founding Partner Steve Sumner, Justin Sumner’s father, who excelled in the traditional manner of practicing law, was at first slightly tentative about the new approach, but upon touring the new facility and seeing how well the attorneys flourished in the new environment, became an enthusiastic believer in the new direction.
The high level of legal talent drawn to the firm’s cutting-edge approach is exemplified by their newest partner, Amanda L. Bridson.
“For the first time, we named a new partner and after working with Amanda for seven years, I can say she is absolutely invaluable not only to the firm, but to our clients,” Sumner says. “It’s amazing to hear multiple general counsels say that she is the smartest lawyer they have ever met. That’s the direction we’re going.”
Bridson, who has experience in plaintiff and in defense work, handles a wide range of disputes on corporate matters, such as information technology outsourcing agreements, non-solicit/non-compete agreements, employment matters, whistleblower/qui tam claims and trade secret misappropriation.