We are BigLaw refugees who started the alternative fee (r)evolution by creating Valorem Law Group in 2008. We were the only ones in the country crazy enough to build a firm from the ground up with two specific goals in mind: (1) handle litigation nationallly using an alternative to the dreaded billable hour, while (2) providing unwavering client service. Even Wikipedia credits Valorem as one of the groundbreaking firms for AFAs (and no, we didn't post that ourselves). Did our leap of faith pay off? Well, in 2016, we were named one of the 22 firms "Best at Delivering AFAs" along with many enormous BigLaw firms that have been around for more than a century.
Ten years into this (r)evolution, we have learned a few things. Every firm now says they use AFAs, but few, in reality, handle them well. Now, not only do clients come to us to handle their litigation, but we have evolved as well. Clients hire us to also oversee other firms handling their litigation or to select the firms that they will use for their matters. We also consult with firms and clients about how to best use AFAs (or other tools) to maximize legal spend. We also routinely provide Second Opinions to objectively evaluate an issue in a lawsuit or weigh in on the overall strategy for a matter being handled by others.
Why use us? Because you want business-savvy, results-driven lawyers who are different in ever way (except quality) than the same old, same old. We provide budget certainty, have skin in the game by putting a portion of our fees at risk if we don't achieve the outcome you want, and we ooze client service. That's Valorem. We've been waiting for you since 2008. Seriously.