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WHAT DOES OUR LOGO MEAN?
Our logo is made up on four separate ideographic symbols, each one, representing its own independent meaning and each being derived from a different aspect of world culture and time.  These four symbols have been specifically combined to communicate a notion that is at the foundation of our firm and the people who are associated with it, i.e., when one stands in courage, through independent movement, unity will be realized.       

The diagonally placed square is found engraved in caves of prehistoric times.  The sign is the symbol for a diamond which is usually associated with courage and daring. The British hobos made use of this symbol to mean here live generous people, but behave well, show them respect, and take nothing for granted.

A basic element in Western ideography, the clockwise spiral (starting from the middle) is strongly associated with power and independent movement. The sign is also associated with the law of the polarity of meaning.  The basic graphic elements of the dot and the spiral were used by man 24,000 years ago. But thereafter, they were not found again for more than about 5,000 years later.  Ironically, this denotes an apparent gap in human ideography.  Be that as it may, one finds this symbol on the discos from Crete from around 2000 B.C. and as a symbol for potential power in Tibet.  It also appears among rock carvings in Utah which are believed to have been used for recurring migrations or tribal wanderings.  In Viking age, rock engraving and paintings found in Sweden, the symbol was used to mean independent movement. It appeared as a form for the sternposts of the Vikings' ships.  In ancient Greece, a similar structure was used to represent the zodiacal sign Leo.  This zodiac sign is strongly associated with potential power and strength.

The dot, or the very small, filled circle, is one of the most common Western ideograms. It has been used since the time of neolithic cave paintings and rock carvings. The oldest artefact showing dots is a mammoth tooth found at Malta and is about 24,000 years old.  Long rows of dots have been used as a way of giving structure to a sign, as a solitary complement to other structures.  Small, shallow, round cavities are common on prehistoric rock carvings in northern Europe. Whether the point is used in a separate from, or in conjunction with other structures it seems to denote something focused and of short duration.  Dots combined with other ideograms can also enhance or intensify their meanings. The dot can also denote a beginning or an end, a goal.  The dot, the line, the circle segment, and the two spirals constitute the basic elements by which all Western ideograms are designed.  Used on nautical charts, dots encircled by points symbolizes that there are items which lie on the water's edge.

The Hopi Indians have used this symbol to represent universal brotherhood.  Posed in the opposite, that symbol denotes a division or cleave.  This symbol has also been associated with a rune from the earliest runic alphabet, and signifies the passage of a year, the same period of time within which a civil law suit is to be commenced and completed. 


WHAT IS A CONTINGENCY RATE
Contingency fees allow many people to obtain access to the justice system who could not otherwise afford the typically high hourly rate of an attorney.  When an attorney agrees to take your case on a contingency rate, he or she is waiving their standard hourly rate in exchange for a percentage of the amount that attorney is able to obtain for you through settlement or litigation.  Most contingency fees range anywhere from 33% to 50% of the gross recovery amount.  Some attorney’s charge a flat rate, and others based their contingency rate on a sliding scale, i.e., the percentage charged will start low and increase at key stages of litigation. 

The most important thing a client needs to understand about contingency fees is that they do not cover costs of litigation.  Some examples of costs you will be responsible for paying at the time they are incurred will likely include: postage; copies; faxes; court reporter fees; court filing fees; courier fees; travel expenses; and expert and witness fees.  It is also important you understand that there are certain statutes that may be applicable to your case which can result in you having to reimburse the opposing side for any costs and/or fees they incurred in successfully defending your case.


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