There are thousands of attorneys and hundreds of law firms in the Philadelphia metro area. You owe it to yourself to be selective. What makes Company Counsel different? It is not just that we understand the law, it is not measured in years of experience, and it is not solely because we achieve results – it is more than that. We like to think that our clients genuinely enjoy working with us (and refer their friends to us) because they can tell that we love what we do. We love practicing law. We love to help business owners protect themselves and accomplish their goals. We relate to our clients and share in their successes.
We enjoy working with business owners and entrepreneurs because we have been business owners ourselves. We remember the rush we felt when we first decided to go into business for ourselves, and the excitement we felt when we thought about our new company’s potential for success. We have felt the apprehension of wondering when the next client would walk through the door, and prayed that we would find the right words to convince them that they were indeed in the right place, talking to people who could get the job done. We have experienced the pressure of meeting payroll and paying the bills on time. We’ve struggled with decisions about where to invest our hard-earned money, and debated the difference between spending less money and getting more value. We’ve been through demoralizing setbacks, and enjoyed successes that surpassed our expectations.
Through the challenging times and the inspiring times, we have absolutely loved being business owners, and really enjoyed being around other people who are wired with the same kind of entrepreneurial spirit. We represent business owners because, every time we do, we feel a kinship with that client and get to vicariously experience the amazing feeling of entrepreneurship over and over again.
HOW WE HELP BUSINESS OWNERS
The most successful business owners are passionate about their products and services, spend their time focused on their areas of expertise, and lean on trusted attorneys for their legal support.
That’s where we come in. In our view, a great business lawyer must:
- Have the ability to solve problems that do not have obvious solutions
- Offer wisdom and sage advice to clients, especially when the advice is something that the client needs to hear but is not what he or she wants to hear
- Pay attention to every detail while never losing sight of the big picture
- Be able to understand dense volumes of complex and obscure rules, codes, and case law, extract information that is applicable to the real world, and translate that information into a usable form that makes sense to a non-lawyer
- Actually listen to his client, remember that the client’s legal needs may be important but represent only one part of the client’s world, and put the needs of the client before the preferences of the lawyer
There is a lot more to practicing law than most people realize, and to really do it consistently well, a lawyer has to love it. At Company Counsel LLC, we enjoy what we do. We like each other, we like our clients, and our work energizes us. We practice law because there is nothing else we would rather be doing. And, we think that enthusiasm comes across in our work.
About Bernard A. Williams, Esq.
Bernard A. Williams, Esq., is the founder and managing partner of the Philadelphia law firm Company Counsel LLC, where he focuses his practice on business law, employment law, commercial litigation, and management consulting. Before forming Company Counsel, Mr. Williams was a partner of Legis Group LLC, located in Philadelphia. Before joining the Legis Group, Mr. Williams was the owner and general counsel of More Likely To Succeed, Inc., an educational services company in the greater Philadelphia area. Before that, Mr. Williams was a senior associate in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, located in Philadelphia. Mr. Williams entered private practice as an associate in the Litigation Department at Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, located in New York. Before that, Mr. Williams served as a law clerk to the Honorable Theodore McMillian of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Mr. Williams received his bachelor’s degree from American University and his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he served as a staff editor and associate editor of the NYU Law Review. Mr. Williams is a published author, and a frequent speaker on topics relating to business planning, operations, and legal strategy for small businesses.
About Jon Thielen, Esq.
Jon Thielen is an associate of Company Counsel LLC, where he focuses his practice on new business formations, contract law, and employment litigation. Prior to joining Company Counsel after graduation from law school in May 2016, Mr. Thielen worked as a certified legal intern at the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office, and served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable James T. Anthony of the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas. Mr. Thielen also provided pro bono legal services at the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania. Mr. Thielen received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, where he was a student-athlete as a member of the varsity swim team, and his J.D. from the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, where he competed as a member of the moot court board.
About Ricardo Unikel, Esq.
Ricardo Unikel, Esq., is Of Counsel at Company Counsel LLC, where he focuses his practice on business and intellectual property law. Prior to joining Company Counsel LLC, Mr. Unikel worked in the legal department of the General Electric Company, where he handled a number of intellectual property and contractual issues. Prior to working at GE, Mr. Unikel was an associate at intellectual property firms in New York and Philadelphia, where he focused on preparing and prosecuting patent applications, as well as providing opinions on patentability and validity, advising on transactional matters, and conducting patent litigation. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Unikel was a product development engineer at 3M Company, where he conducted research in the chemical arts, particularly in the area of polymers. Mr. Unikel received his B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and a law degree from the New York University School of Law.
About Linda Alle-Murphy, Esq.
Linda Alle-Murphy is a graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law and The Juilliard School. As an attorney, she has extensive experience in all phases of litigation. At Company Counsel LLC, she participates in the firm’s business litigation matters. Prior to her joining Company Counsel, Linda specialized in bankruptcy litigation at the Maschmeyer Karalis firm. She appeared in bankruptcy courts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey as well as state court proceedings related to the federal bankruptcy proceedings. Linda acquired her experience in business litigation at the Schnader Harrison & Lewis firm, where she was a member of the litigation department and the financial services litigation group. Her cases included the representation of a hedge fund manager, an apartment complex owner in New Orleans, and a large bankruptcy case involving a nationwide student loan company. While at Temple Law School, Linda was articles editor of the Temple Law Review and her article on arbitration clauses in consumer contracts was published in the 75th anniversary edition of that publication. Interestingly, her article was cited in a German university professor’s publication, where it was seen and read by one of Linda’s former cello students, Dr. Friso Heukamp. A correspondence and personal meeting followed, reconnecting both cellist-lawyers. As a musician, Linda still plays the cello and is organist at St. John’s Latvian Lutheran Church.