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me. Clients need lawyers who are responsive. This is especially true in family law, where clients are going through some of the most difficult and trying times of their lives. What we offer at Calabrese Budner is first-class service. That doesn't just mean timely communication with our clients. It means making sure our clients understand what is going on in their cases and, more importantly, why. Our clients know we are there for them and have their backs. I want to be not just responsive to my clients, but ridiculously responsive. What skill is the most important for someone to seek out in a family law attorney? LB: It's all about preparation and professionalism. Clients deserve a lawyer that knows their case — both the facts and the law — inside and out. At Calabrese Budner, our clients see our preparation across the board, from the first consultation we have with a client to the final resolution of their case, whether that be in mediation or trial. Clients also need a lawyer who is skilled at reading the room. Someone who can identify what's happening beneath the surface and then use that information to the client's advantage. On that same note, clients should also seek out a lawyer who communicates and connects with everyone in the courtroom, be it judge, jury, opposing lawyer, or even one's spouse. A family law attorney needs to stay above the fray. There's a saying that a problem cannot be solved on the same level on which it was created. This is exceedingly true in family law. In an emotionally heightened environment, developing creative solutions that resolve disagreements in a calm, constructive way is imperative. Here at Calabrese Budner, we call these services Emotionally Intelligent Lawyering ® . 5944 Luther Lane #875 Dallas, TX 75225 214.939.3000 a problem more closely resembles an emotional response than a response arrived at through careful consideration of the best course of action. In family law cases, emotions are already heightened. The last thing a client needs is an emotional response from their lawyer rather than a well-reasoned one — but, unfortunately, you see it happen all the time. My commercial litigation background taught me to treat every case event as an opportunity to think strategically about how to respond in a way that furthers my client's goals. It has also instilled in me that no two cases are ever alike, each presenting its own specific challenges to solve and overcome. And how do you want your clients to feel when working with you? LB: During my time as a commercial litigator, I can't tell you how many times I heard the same common refrains about family lawyers: I can't get a-hold of my lawyer or I don't know what is going on in my divorce. This always baffled PAPERCITY ADVERTORIAL Carla Calabrese Lee Budner 65

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