principles & boundaries
by Carrie L. DeJesus, Esquire
How we treat each other is important. While encounters with the law can be stressful, I promise to do my best to lead with kindness. I ask that you do the same.
2. Wellbeing matters.
Lawyers have some of the highest rates of depression, anxiety, stress-related illness, addiction and suicide. It's a tough profession. In order to be able to continue this work, my self-care is a priority. I promise to work hard for you, but I cannot make myself sick for you. My work hours are limited to regular working hours between 9am and 5pm on the weekdays. I will take days off and vacations.
I will listen to you and be fully present in our communications. I will do my best to help make you whole again.
4. Tell the truth.
I will tell you the truth, always. Even if it's hard. Even if you don't want to hear it. I will tell you the truth with compassion.
This law firm is an experiment in disruption. It is not business as usual. I am not a typical lawyer. I value compassionate communication and heart-centered relationships with my clients. I believe that interactions with the law can be an opportunity for healing. I believe in operating from a space of love rather than fear. All of this is poured into my work with clients and my work to shift the practice of law.
I have been a lawyer for over twelve years. I spent three years and tens of thousands of dollars on my legal education. I spend hundreds more every year on continuing education courses, seminars and trainings. I read books, journals and articles about the law every week. I follow legal trends and court decisions daily. My knowledge and my time are valuable. My rates are reasonable and fair but also reflect the time I have spent honing my skills and the time I put into caring for you and your legal needs.