What People Say

Our Ears Are Ringing.

We think what others (especially our clients) say about us provides an important view of who we are and whether we are the right firm for you.  

We've included some examples below, but the best way to get a sense of how we litigate is to talk to our clients.  Send us an email asking for contact information for any of them and we will be happy to put you in touch for a reference.

Nicole Auerbach was named a "2019 Notable Gen X Leader in Law" by Crain's Chicago Business and one of the "Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago" by Crain's Media in 2017.

Valorem was named a 2017 "Best Law Firms" in the National and Metropolitan (Chicago) categories for Mass Tort/Class Actions - Defendants by US News & World Report and Best Lawyers.

Valorem was again honored to be named to the BTI Client-Service A-Team for the 7th year in a row in 2018. Valorem was recognized in these areas that lead to relationship bliss: Commitment to Help, Understanding the Client's Business, Providing Value for the Dollar, Client Focus, Handling Problems, Advising on Business Issues, Anticipating Client Needs and Innovative Approach.

Valorem Law was named by BTI Consulting as one of the firms "Most Recommended By Top Legal Decision Makers" for the 2nd year in a row.

No surprise, in 2016 Patrick Lamb was again named a BTI All-Star and was singled out by corporate counsel as an attorney providing client service "exceeding all others."

Happily, for another year, Valorem has been named to BTI's Brand Elite 2016. Valorem was one of the small groups of firms to make the highest "recommended" category. Corporate counsel see Valorem standing out for its innovation -- being a "mover and shaker" and a "value driver."

Consistently being honored is great, but providing innovative and outstanding client service is even better! Here's a portion of our wall of fame:

A Smattering of the Chattering

Valorem Law Group has a long-standing streak of being honored by BTI Consulting Group as a Brand Elite law firm and part of the Client Service A-Team. BTI ranks firms "with the best brand standing among [General Counsel] and legal decision makers." Valorem was recognized as a Client's Choice Recommended firm, a Client Service Strategist firm and as a "Leaders of the Best" for the Value Driver category. Valorem has also been ranked in the top 10% of law firms for Commercial Litigation. In 2016, we were named "Most Recommended By Top Legal Decision Makers" for the 2nd year in a row. .Also in 2016, clients ranked Valorem as a Leading Recommended firm in Manufacturing, in the top 5% of law firms in the manufacturing industry. Patrick Lamb is also routinely honored as a BTI Client Service All-Star. (Not too shabby, huh?)

In July, 2016, Nicole Auerbach, Patrick Lamb and ValoremNext were featured in an article in Crain's Chicago Business about the Alternative Fee Consulting we do for companies and other law firms.

Never thought we'd be so proud to be accused of being thieves, except when it comes to stealing clients from BigLaw. See this article in Law360: The Small Firm Stealing Clients Away From BigLaw, which describes Valorem as one of in-house counsel's favorites. To this, we plead, um, guilty as charged!

Nicole Auerbach and Patrick Lamb were both featured in Brigid Schulte's New York Times Best Selling Book, Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time. Check out pages 140-141.

Nicole Auerbach quoted in Alternative Fee Arrangements: Do They Exist, What Do They Look Like, and Do They Work? Matthew Curran, Cincinatti Bar Journal (October 2014)

Nicole Auerbach and Patrick Lamb were featured in an artcle called: "Valorem Law -- how a business should tell its story" in Mojo Your Business (2013)

Patrick Lamb's column "New Normal"in the American Bar Association, which he writes with our adivsory board member, Paul Lippe, was honored by the American Society of Business Publication Editors as the 2013 National Gold Award Winner for "Best Blog" award for 2013!

Valorem highlighted for its bold approach (November/December 2012)

10 For The Next Gen | An interview with Patrick Lamb of Valorem Law Group (September 25, 2012)

“The Legal Innovation Ecosystem: 10 Actors & Their Roles - An Early Review”, ABA Journal, Legal Rebels (March 1, 2012)

Do You Really Need to Do That? (September 2011)

Client-Firm Value Series – Kayak Software Corporation and Valorem Law Group LLC Discuss Their Unique Approach to Litigation Work: Part I (January 27, 2011)

Valorem Law Group times the market’s shift to alternative legal billing (September 20, 2010)

Patrick Lamb: Legal Rebel (August 24, 2009)

Superwomen JDs and What You Can Learn From Them: Featuring Nicole Auerbach of Chicago, IL (March 4, 2009)

“Once-in-a-lifetime” – Valorem Law Group (April 15, 2008)


Some LinkedIn Recommendations

Meredith (Emerson) Ritchie
Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer at Alliant Credit Union

Nicole and her team achieved great results within the agreed upon fee agreement. She was highly responsive, communicative and creative in her approach to case management and fee structure. I recommend Nicole and her firm!

Susan Hackett

CEO at Legal Executive Leadership, LLC

I've worked with Pat (and also with his partner, Nicole Auerbach) on several occasions as ACC stepped up to the bully pulpit to drive increased value for clients from the traditional corporate practice/law firm/law department service model. I've not only enjoyed collaborating with him - on programs, publications, and strategies to move the profession forward - but also learned more from him than any other single leader on the topic of value-based legal service.

Pat's one of our go-to guys in helping senior level legal leaders understand that value-based fees should not be "alternatives" - they should be the foundation of every client-focused firm retention. There are few, if any, folks out there who can touch his expertise in understanding "the new normal" for firms and corporate clients, but there are even fewer with his experience in actually delivering outstanding legal service based on the models he espouses. Pat's an innovator who has the courage to practice his convictions on a daily basis. I will hire him or invite him to be a volunteer leader on our most visible work, again and again. Pat delivers.

Jordan Furlong
Partner at Edge International and Senior Consultant at Stem Legal Web Enterprises

Patrick is among the most articulate and outspoken advocates of a new and better way of practising law, one engineered in every respect to provide value to clients. Exemplified by his rejection of the billable hour, Patrick's approach to lawyering puts client service at the forefront of everything his law firm does and poses to the profession the question: why isn't every law practice like this? Valorem is the model of a 21st-century law firm, and Patrick's vision and drive make it possible.

John Ray
Managing Director at Avidity Partners

I hired Pat for a multi jurisdictional dispute involving civil and criminal matters. Pat is aggressive, yet positive, and looks for solutions in the most cost effective and results orientated way. I would trust Pat with my most important matters because he will care about the matter as much as I do.

Gerry Riskin
Founding Partner, Edge International, Global Consultancy to the Legal Profession

My recommendation for Patrick is in stereo in that he wears two professional hats with distinction, each deserving of recognition. Firstly, Patrick is unsurpassed as a business litigation lawyer if you judge his prowess by the clients he attracts and their satisfaction levels. Secondly, he leads the management team for his firm, and does so in an exemplary manner, sustaining a premiere boutique reputation for a firm which based on size alone would not be in the playing in the stratosphere. You can see why I recommend Patrick without qualification.

Danielle Sheer
General Counsel and Vice President, Corporate Development at Carbonite

What makes the Valorem team unique is their nimbleness, their genuine desire to understand the goals of the client in order to craft the right litigation strategy, and their commitment to share with a Company in the peaks and valleys of the litigation process. It's true partnership with a top team.