In a “connected world” where instant messaging, texting, and other forms of immediate wireless connectivity around the globe have banished the “lazy days of summer” to the trash heap, we wave good-bye to summer and welcome the fall. As our lawyers have come and gone on their vacations, I have been struck by both how conscientious they are in keeping “connected” to the office and our clients, and by how those lawyers who are not on vacation have jumped in to assist their colleagues and our clients to get their deals done, their court hearings and depositions covered or their estate matters completed. It is very gratifying to see how well our attorneys and our staff work well together and with our clients as a team. It is, I think, what makes a Carr, McClellan client different than a client of many other law firms. It is also what makes working at Carr, McClellan different than working at many other law firms.

Although many of you know Carr, McClellan through your interaction with perhaps only one or two lawyers in the firm, we want you to know that all of us stand ready to serve your needs. Our estate planning clients can look to our business lawyers or our real estate lawyers to help with a full range of transactional work. Our business and real estate clients can look to our estate planning team to both assist in planning their estates and administering their estate and trust matters when those needs arise. And, of course, all of our clients can look to our litigation group for advice, counsel and advocacy when disputes or controversies arise in their business or personal lives. A Carr, McClellan client is a client of the whole firm, and we stand ready to pull together to meet your legal needs whatever they may be. If the matter is within our fields of expertise and knowledge, we will get you to the right person within the firm; if it is not, we are happy to refer you to the right expert to meet your needs.

In the last issue of Perspectives I mentioned our commitment to increasing our emphasis on mentoring our younger lawyers so that they will carry on the tradition of Carr, McClellan’s commitment to its clients and contribution to the community. Those efforts are well on their way. Hopefully, each of you will be able to work with one or more of these bright, capable and committed attorneys as they are integrated into the Carr, McClellan team. We pledge that our full team will be able and willing to meet your legal needs whenever and wherever they arise.