While legal services are crucial to businesses, finding the right firm is more than about who gives the best rates.
Barnes & Thornburg (BTLaw), among the largest law firms in the country, prides itself on going the extra mile for its clients.
“Our Japanese clients want a ‘one stop shop’ for whatever legal need, whether it be about HR, antitrust, corporate compliance, litigation defense or IP protection,” said BTLaw Partner Pete Morse, who chairs the firm’s Global Services Practice Group and is general counsel to many Japanese companies.
“While our firm is designed to support clients, the most rewarding part of the job is when our clients consider us their true business counselor,” added Morse, an honorary consul to Japan and a frequent visitor to the country.
“When Japanese look for law firms, they need friends and someone who can really explain how things are here in the U.S.,” said Hide Niiyama, the firm’s Japanese liaison.
“It’s a commitment to the client and underlying relationships. Anyone can say that. But here, the client absolutely comes first, whether it’s helping with business solutions or finding the right doctor for a Japanese executive,” Morse also said.