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It’s not just business, it’s personal

At Cooley Shrair, family and business have always had a way of blending together from its early days in 1946 to present. While we pride ourselves in being the most responsive lawyers in the area and covering virtually every area of practice for individuals and corporations across the United States, we also know the importance of balancing the boardroom and the courtroom with the living room from time to time. We’re a family, and to us that is very personal business.

Our attorneys are each distinguished in their respective areas of concentration and are complemented by a professional support staff. Cooley Shrair consistently exceeds clients’ expectations, providing competent, integrated legal services in a cost-effective manner. Our client-centered approach begins by listening carefully in order to understand our clients’ concerns. We then work with them to develop strategies for success and ultimately implement those strategies to accomplish the intended goal. Cooley Shrair is a formidable opponent who fiercely advocates on behalf of our clients. We take pride in the confidence our clients place in us.

Cooley Shrair is a dynamic contributor to the community in many ways. Our attorneys publish articles in leading legal publications and instruct lawyers at professional seminars as well as colleges and law schools. We actively support cultural and educational institutions and participate in a wide range of professional organizations. The foundation of our firm is presented in our mission statement - we promise unparalleled response time and unparalleled solutions, and we fulfill that promise. This commitment to our clients and our community distinguishes Cooley Shrair and contributes to our continued success.

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