Charles J. Meyer
Divorce Law - Philadelphia, PA

I learned early on there was one way to build a reputation: By being honest and responsive. All of my clients expect that I get back to them promptly, and I do. Nothing complicated about that. My Treo is almost always on. I have some very high-profile clients, who must have every bit of the discretion and privacy we can provide - but they still expect us to be there for them, like all of my clients.

There are two kinds of lawyers - the negotiator and the litigator. Both have their place, but the excesses of both can really be a problem. People complain about the cost of litigation, but a negotiator may negotiate forever, and run up an unnecessarily large bill. I take pride in being a practical problem-solver, getting my clients through the process. Generally it doesn't take long for me to know where a case should resolve. It's up to me to get my client there as efficiently as possible.

I'm selective, but not ultra-selective, in the cases I take. I draw the line with what you might call "icky people" - those who are obnoxious, rude or disrespectful, and especially those who don't act appropriately with their children. My clients and I don't have to be close friends, but we must share a level of respect. That's important to me. Just as my client must have faith and confidence in me, I want to stand next to and represent someone in court whom I respect and in whose position I believe.

That doesn't mean my clients never get angry. There are moments when you really can't stand your ex-spouse. In many respects that's part of the process. But as I oftentimes tell my clients, if it weren't for your soon to be former spouse, you wouldn't have your children, and you wouldn't trade those children for anything in the world. And each one then is able to step back and put things into perspective.

When you are entering into the divorce process, everyone needs to do a certain amount of cost-benefit analysis. Our services are not inexpensive. I often am in the position where I need to ask my client: would you rather pay me $100,000 or your spouse another $50,000? Most people understand that trade-off.

I've always felt that the law requires a certain degree of selling skills. We must advocate - and yes, sell - our position, first to our clients, and then to the opposing lawyer. And if you can't sell it there, you have to sell it in court.

Hofstein Weiner and Meyer and its resources are an excellent fit for me. Our firm carries a high level of expertise with its focus on family law. A lot of lawyers out there make promises about results. I've seen it many times. Honestly, it's all foolishness - none of us can promise anything other than our best effort. I make it a point to keep expectations grounded and my clients focused. No one can promise an outcome - all we can do is promise to work hard to achieve a workable and lasting resolution. No more, no less. I'm proud of that.

Charles J. Meyer
"Just as my client must have faith and confidence in me, I want to stand next to and represent someone in court whom I respect and in whose position I believe."
Phone: (215) 561-1100
Fax: (215) 561-5777
Temple University, B.S., 1982
Temple University School of Law, J.D., 1986
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