How Core Values Drive CGS3 Success
Deirdre Newman of The Daily Journal, recently wrote an article discussing the start, and now thriving success of Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP, who started two years ago with just five attorneys. She reviews why these five attorneys were “tired of the rigidity often found in larger firms,” and discusses their drive to ‘breakout’ and start anew as an autonomous and more self-motivated firm.
She states, “The lawyers, all former partners with the commercial real estate firm Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP, said they were determined to deliver the same quality of work to their clients but in a fairer, simpler and more creative way. ￼So they developed a new business model at CGS3, which includes storing documents in the cloud and outsourcing to keep overhead low, and offering creative fee arrangements. Above all, they have focused on marshaling each attorneys’ talents to bring about the best results.”
She interviewed one of the partners, Sean Southard, who stated, “At CGS3, we know each other and the value of our individual practices, and we respect each attorney’s contribution to the collective good of the firm…That core philosophy allows us to flatten the traditional law firm hierarchy and eliminate the divisiveness inherent in many firms’ compensation decisions.” She continued by observing that “their strategy appears to be paying off.”