About Taylor Law & Mediation
I founded Taylor Law & Mediation in 2013 on two key principals. The first came from a lecture in law school; the second came from listening to a song by a Seattle-based rapper.
During my first semester of law school at the University of Idaho College of Law, professor Richard H. Seamon once said in a lecture, “The law should be accessible.” It was a message that stuck with me.
Over the next 2.5 years, I came to understand that “accessible” really means “affordable,” because access to the courtroom is controlled by access to one’s ability to afford an attorney to represent his or her legal rights.
As the only son to a single mother of four, I grew up seeing the results firsthand of what happens when someone is denied access to the court system based on their inability to afford to hire an attorney to navigate the complex legal system for them. I was reminded of this experience again during my final year of law school, where I interned for the University of Idaho College of Law Legal Aid Clinic, a law clinic for victims of domestic violence and low-income clients.
Working with low-income clients, I saw how the lives of my clients were affected by the justice system and the increased access they had to it as a result of having an intern law student as a representative at no cost to them. Lives can be changed in the courtroom, but there’s no chance for that change if clients can’t afford to walk through its doors.
With this reality in mind, I started thinking about how to best make the law accessible and affordable while operating a private office. I stumbled across the answer by accident, on a random occasion when I switched from country music to a Macklemore & Ryan Lewis album while studying for my final law school final.
When Macklemore sang, “Change the game, don’t let the game change you” in the song “Make the Money,” I knew the answer was simple: I needed to change the way law is practiced, not jump on board with the way it has traditionally been practiced.
For the law to be accessible, I realized I needed to be accessible. A website, a firm blog, and a Facebook page lets me be accessible to clients and prospective clients in a way attorneys typically haven’t been in the past. You can contact me from your cell phone without even picking up a phone book. I answer my own phone and phone calls from my office phone get forwarded to my cell phone if I am not in my office. If I am not available, voice mails also get forwarded to my personal cell phone. I try to return phone calls within 24 hours, including weekends and holidays. I keep office hours that are after traditional office hours, which also includes the weekends.
By focusing on mediation as a primary option and not a court of last resort, Taylor Law & Mediation provides a low-cost alternative to traditional litigation. Mediation is not only less expensive than litigation, it is often quicker and puts the participants in control of the final outcome, not a judge. Mediation not only puts people in control of their case, it makes the law accessible to people in a very real way that is often overlooked or ignored.
My interest in mediation stemmed from my work in the clinic. I realized a lot of resources, namely time and money, was spent preparing for litigation when a much better solution would have been just to have the two parties sit down and talk about the handful of areas they disagreed on as opposed to seeking solutions in open court.
Finally, at Taylor Law & Mediation, we understand that when someone seeks legal counsel, it’s often one of the most significant events in their life. There are three questions almost anyone facing any sort of legal action wants to know:
What is the likely outcome of this?
How long is this going to take?
What is this going to cost me?
The first two answers are difficult, or nearly impossible, to answer. But depending on the circumstances, reasonable estimates can normally be given. By giving prospective clients an up-front flat rate quote, it assures clients are at least able to walk out of their initial meeting with an attorney knowing the answer to at least one of those questions.