Immediate Access to a Comprehensive Network: Hiring outside counsel in unfamiliar jurisdictions can be a time-consuming process, fraught with risk. But ALFA International provides our clients with immediate access to a comprehensive network of law firms, covering 95 of the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas, and 65 countries around the world.
Outstanding Member Law Firms: ALFA International law firms are among the best–in-class, garnering local, state, and national recognition and awards. Great care is taken in the selection process, with heavy reliance placed upon input from clients, other ALFA firms, and professional organizations. Member firms’ service to ALFA International clients is closely monitored, and firms must consistently contribute to the network's wide range of client initiatives.
Experienced and Expert Trial Counsel: ALFA International was originally formed as a small network of trial counsel. Our firms are composed of lawyers who have tried hundreds of cases, often serving as state or federal prosecutors, district attorneys, public defenders, or administrative agency counsel. Many of these lawyers have gained election to prestigious national trial advocacy organizations.
And Yet More than Just Trial Lawyers: In addition to trial work, the majority of our member firms have developed broad-based general practices. ALFA International recruits member firms with wide-ranging subject matter expertise. Reflecting the less litigious legal climate in many parts of the world, our international members maintain strong commercial, corporate, regulatory, and transactional practices.
Relationships that Drive Results: ALFA International is a leader among its peer networks in the production of national seminars, regional programs and other client-focused events. All of these meetings enable ALFA lawyers and clients to build strong professional and social relationships. ALFA lawyers spend quality time with their clients, getting to know the people, and their businesses. ALFA lawyers also forge strong bonds with fellow network attorneys worldwide. These relationships produce a unique commitment to provide the best in legal services.
Commitment Fostered by Exclusivity: ALFA International’s memberships are exclusive. Only one law firm represents our network in each metropolitan area, state, or country. Moreover, in the United States, member firms may not join any other national legal network. These requirements help nurture cooperation and mutual assistance among our members.
Cost-Effective Services: Our member firms fully understand that today’s in-house counsel are under increasing pressure to contain outside counsel fees, and we strive to provide clients with cost-effective legal services. ALFA International firms are generally managed in a conservative style, eschewing costly expansions and speculative investments. This cost-conscious approach extends to clients' fee arrangements as well.
Willingness to Start Small: ALFA International members recognize that client relationships take time to build and frequently begin with minor engagements. Our firms are happy to “start small,” investing the time and resources necessary to build client confidence and satisfaction.
Resource Pooling: By selecting one of the network’s law firms, clients are retaining the services of many other excellent law firms throughout the U.S. and around the world. ALFA International firms assist fellow members on a regular basis, exchanging non-privileged legal research, consulting on trial and transaction strategies, providing advice on judges and expert witnesses, and otherwise helping fellow member firms to better serve ALFA clients. Each year our numerous seminars and other meetings facilitate the pooling of knowledge and resources among our member firms.
Excellent and Numerous CLE Opportunities: ALFA International's educational programs are one of the hallmarks of our organization. ALFA conducts many multi-day seminars each year. These seminars are supplemented by one-day regional events, customized programs delivered at clients’ offices, and a busy webinar schedule. ALFA clients often serve as panelists and speakers at seminars, conferences, and conventions. ALFA International’s Practice Groups also publish an array of legal reference materials, including seminar course books, compendia, digests, and 50-state surveys.
With so many compelling reasons, it’s easy to see why our clients typically use many members from within the ALFA International network.