My mom used to tell me that "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." So, when other lawyers copy our advertisements, try to write articles that mirror ours, follow us to different events and functions, and even follow us into different ethnic communities, I'm not insulted. Rather, I am flattered. I'd be even more flattered were I to find out that members of the immigration bar were able to emulate our superior and quality work product. But, while they can copy our style, they can't copy our work. It'd be like buying a Rolex on the streets of Manila and then complaining about the watches inner workings.
Here's the deal. Of course, lawyer advertising and the articles that lawyer's often write are self-serving. It's advertising. It's designed to get you to come in and talk about your case. Articles are often written in an attempt to focus your attention on a situation that might be analogous to yours and get you to come in the office. This is not said as a criticism. It's just the reality of the situation. As an aside, it's interesting to note that no matter how much we advertise, most of our business comes from word-of-mouth. Why? Whether celebrity, athlete, business owner, employee, parent, spouse or child, people know who the proven leaders are.
Is this article self-serving? Of course it is! In fact, to keep it especially real, let me state it like this: Wilner & O'Reilly is the best immigration law firm there is. We know that. The objective factors listed below, however, will allow you (and our competition) to come to your own conclusions.
Honor and Integrity: People in the community know that we are the most honest lawyers out there. If you have a case, we'll tell you. If you don't, same thing. We won't "sign you up first and figure it out later" like other lawyers do. The government knows that too. If we don't believe in your case, we won't represent you. And, unlike other lawyers, we won't represent just anyone. "Aggravated felons" know that they're not welcome here. So, when you're sitting in our waiting room, you shouldn't have to ask yourself if the guy sitting next to you has been convicted of a serious crime. Ask other lawyers in the community if there are types of immigration cases that they won't do.
Experience and Results : I am board certified as a specialist in immigration and nationality law by the State Bar of California. I was also elected to serve as a Commissioner on the State Bar of California's Immigration and Nationality Law Advisory Commission. There, with other Commissioners, I assist in writing the legal specialization exam and review the credentials of those lawyers that challenge the exam. I am also the media liaison for the Southern California Chapter for the American Immigration Lawyer's Association.
More importantly, I believe, is that my partner, Kelly O'Reilly is a formed INS district adjudications officer. He served for a number of years in Los Angeles and Orange County where he ruled upon applications for adjustment of status and naturalization.
Officers that we appear before know us. They know what types of cases that we do. They know what types of cases that we don't. Imagine, if I indicated in other articles, that you're lawyer represented a serious criminal before the same officer that he represents you before. Don't you think that it would make you look bad? I do.
Referrals From Other Lawyers and Employees Of Other Firms: We are the go-to immigration lawyers for high profile lawyers in other sectors of the legal practice. There is a reason that the top-lawyers in non-immigration firms refer their clients with immigration needs to us. There is a reason why we are continually approached by large multinational law firms that seek to acquire us. There is a reason why employees of other immigration law firms refer their friends and family to firms other than the one's they work for. What are the reasons? The reasons, I believe, are based on trust, work product, and the ability to achieve extraordinary results at a reasonable and honest price.
Lawyers You Can Count On: Our clients count on us not only as there lawyers but their friends. Whether you like it or not, we become part of your family. The reason you get to know us so well is because when you hire us, you hire us. You don't get passed of to a rude paralegal who pretends to be a lawyer. You don't get told by "your" lawyer that you're 12 th in line and he'll get to your case when he get's to it. You don't get introduced to your lawyer by him wandering around the interview room at the INS calling your name.
It should come as no surprise that when you speak with your friends and family and tell them that you are represented by Wilner and O'Reilly that you hear something to the effect of "Yeah, there our lawyers too."
In my opinion, being admitted to a bar association after taking a test doesn't make someone a lawyer. As I stated earlier, there are plenty of black-market Rolex's that appear to be the real thing. What makes a lawyer a lawyer, better yet, an immigration lawyer an immigration lawyer, is the uncanny ability to credibility relate with his or her clients, colleagues and peers so that an honest opinion based upon education, experience is rendered. This formula equates to results. And, it is results you want. Right?