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  • Appeals Court Silent on Texas Abortion Clinic Law
    A Texas law imposing new regulations on abortion clinics fell into Labor Day limbo Monday after a federal appeals court made no response to an urgent plea from the state to let the statute take effect.
  • Ninth Circuit Ratchets Up Oracle's Copyright Damages Against SAP
    The court upped damages to $356.7 million but won't allow Oracle to argue for hypothetical license fees iif it instead opts for a new trial.
  • Detroit Bankruptcy Trial Steps into Uncharted Territory
    The city's proposed plan to emerge from the biggest municipal bankruptcy is fraught with complexities. Among the issues to be argued by several Am Law firms during the six-week trial, which begins Tuesday, is whether securities holders insured by Syncora Guarantee Inc. are getting their fair share.
  • Federal Judge Dismisses Claims Ford and IBM Aided Apartheid
    "That these plaintiffs are left without relief in an American court is regrettable," Judge Shira Scheindlin said, but she was "bound to follow" recent interpretations of the Alien Tort Statute by the U.S. Supreme Court and the Second Circuit "no matter what my personal view of the law may be."
  • SEC Adopts Credit-Rating Reforms
    A divided commission last week adopted new rules for credit-rating agencies, stepping up review and disclosure requirements and adding safeguards to prevent sales and marketing considerations from influencing the ratings.
  • Welcome to Kickham Hanley

    KICKHAM HANLEY — BIG FIRM PEDIGREE, SMALL FIRM EFFICIENCY

    Kickham Hanley PLLC is a “boutique” law firm based in Royal Oak, Michigan specializing in complex commercial litigation, business and real estate transactions, and real estate tax appeals.

    At Kickham Hanley, we offer the credentials, experience and resources of a large firm with the efficiency and flexibility of a small firm.  We are lean, nimble, and responsive, with plenty of horsepower.  We handle deals and litigate cases all over the country.

    Prior to the establishment of Kickham Hanley in 1999, our principals were partners at a large corporate firm.  They have stellar academic credentials, extensive experience, and are fully capable of effectively handling the most complex of matters within their specialty areas.  We are not ruled by committees, and possess an entrepreneurial spirit that translates into a willingness and ability to craft attorney-client relationships that better suit our clients’ needs and make economic sense.  We believe that the following attributes set us apart from many other law firms:

    No Entourages – We don’t show up at every meeting or deposition with three lawyers in tow.  In our experience, the added value, if any, of each additional lawyer very rarely justifies the additional cost.  While obviously there are circumstances where the complexity of a matter requires the involvement of multiple attorneys, we don’t believe clients should be paying hundreds of dollars per hour to have junior lawyers carry a partner’s briefcase.  We devote the resources necessary to zealously represent each client’s interests, but we don’t engage in overkill.

    No “Handoffs” – At many firms, once you become a client, your case or transaction is handed off to another, often less experienced or competent, lawyer.  Often, the attorney you retained merely monitors the matter and the only meaningful contact you have with the attorney you retained is the monthly bill he signs and sends you.  When you hire Kickham Hanley to handle your transaction or case, the attorney you hire stays principally and substantively involved from beginning to end.

    No Conflicts – Because of our size, we simply do not experience the type of recurring conflicts-of-interest that plague large firms and frustrate their clients.  We typically don’t represent large institutional clients like banks or insurance companies, and therefore have a freedom of action not likely to be shared by many of the monolithic firms with which we compete for business.
    We’re Doing Our Best To Contribute To The Death Of The Billable Hour -- Most lawyers measure the value of their services merely by adding up the number of hours they devote to your legal problem.  We think differently, and believe that, when it comes to fee arrangements, one size definitely does not fit all.

    While some matters, because of their nature, can only be handled on an hourly basis, we strive in all instances to work with our clients to structure the financial aspects of our attorney-client relationship to best suit their particular needs and ability to pay.  For example, we often handle litigation on a purely contingent-fee basis or by agreeing to charge a lower hourly rate with a “kicker” in the event of a successful outcome.  In connection with our transactional work, it is not unusual for us to take an equity interest in deals partially or totally in lieu of fees.  We don’t just say “yes, you have a good case.  Now start paying us $400 per hour.”  Very few firms with the skills of KH have the ability or willingness to make such creative fee arrangements.