The Story of M.E.T.A.L. ®
"Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years." - Richard Bach
"You and I are going to be law partners one day," John tells his new law school buddy Richard on the first day of law school. At the time, John Fagerholm and Richard Jefferson are classmates in the rigorous SCALE program, an accelerated two-year JD program, at Southwestern Law School located in the heart of Los Angeles. Who would have expected that John's bold statement shortly after meeting Richard about the future would actually come true?
"Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you." - Thomas Jefferson
Enter Fagerholm & Jefferson, a Professional Law Corporation. After years of finessing their skills as lawyers, in late 2002, John and Richard decide that it is time to form the partnership they had discussed so many times during law school. It made perfect sense, as both shared a desire to create a law practice that was innovative and progressive.
John, having himself been an entrepreneur, first entered into law because he saw first-hand the value lawyers can bring to business owners. He now uses his legal skills to help other entrepreneurs succeed. Richard was previously an engineer, and while he excelled, it did not excite him. Following his life long passion for music, he decided to become an entertainment lawyer - where he could use his analytical capabilities to work in an area that offers that missing excitement. To his pleasure, Richard also soon found that he could use his technical background in other innovative areas - representing spaces where entertainment merges with technology.
"Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected." - Steve Jobs
In their law practice, John and Richard found that they share a key core value - they care about their clients. It matters to them that their clients prosper. It also matters that their clients understand that their attorneys are trusted and reliable allies. Operating from this core value, John and Richard were able to successfully grow the law corporation into a prestigious practice, enjoying a fruitful partnership for almost a decade.
"Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great." - John D. Rockefeller
So why re-brand the firm M.E.T.A.L.®? Fast forward nine years - the firm is flourishing - why move away from the established name? Again, John and Richard found themselves on the same page in their evolution as lawyers. They wanted to create a firm that embraced the technological evolution of their client's spaces, while continuing to practice the type of law that inspires them. They also realized that expansion was inevitable. The firm took on additional talent to achieve this goal, including Caitlin, who brought here expertise to the labor litigation realm of the firm. In all, one common theme of the firm remained - a passion for representing cutting-edge entrepreneurs.
"And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." - Nelson Mandela
M.E.T.A.L.® Law Group, LLP is not your traditional law firm. M.E.T.A.L. ® lawyers are committed to being on the forefront of the legal space. This means being exceptional lawyers, advocates, allies; delivering high client satisfaction; and taking advantage of innovation to produce extraordinary results. M.E.T.A.L. ® supports its attorneys by providing state-of-the-art technological and operational systems for maximum efficiency and effectiveness.
In essence, M.E.T.A.L.® Law Group LLP is built around one objective - shaping your business to prosper.