We advise and represent private clients in negotiation, at trial, and on appeal. Our office is based on spirit of the English chambers model for barristers. In England, barristers are trial lawyers who advocate for clients in court. They have special training and skills for trial work that differentiates them from other types of lawyers. Likewise, our attorneys constantly acquire and develop specialized advocacy and skills training from national organizations and teachers focused on trial skills education.
We are trial lawyers. Each attorney at the Law Office of Aaron D. Bundy, PLC, is effective at obtaining results for clients due to each attorney's meaningful experience, knowledge, and courtroom skill. Each attorney has real experience trying cases to judges and to juries. On a weekly basis, we are in court presenting evidence and cross-examining adverse, hostile witnesses. Our philosophy is that client will receive the best service, experience and outcome when their case is approached as if trial will be necessary and if trial preparation begins at the moment our services are engaged.
We are a boutique law firm, meaning we focus on skill and quality work in just a few practice areas. Our status as a boutique law firm means several things for our clients.
- Our time and resources are devoted to family law and on developing our skills and practicing at a high level in family law and related matters. We do not practice oil & gas law and we do not work on car wreck cases. Instead, our energy is directed to our niche practice of relationship justice, representing individuals who have been betrayed by close partners or fiduciaries.
- Our law firm is independent and not affiliated with a larger firm or outside attorneys. We do not face billing requirements imposed on us by partners who view the family law department as merely a profit center, and we are not torn or conflicted by whether we will represent someone in a family law case if the representation could cost the law firm revenue from a business client or some other source. We do not have the internal conflicts associated with family law departments at big firms that have to deal with and reconcile internal issues when one of their business or estate planning clients goes through a family law dispute.
- We are unique in our ability to provide conflict-free consultation and co-counsel services to other attorneys and their clients. Attorneys are able to approach us for assistance with trial and appeal, and we are able to apply our knowledge and skills while simultaneously promoting our co-counsel's relationship with their client, rather than trying to poach or steal clients.
Our attorneys aspire to the highest standards of practice and integrity for all of our work. We have established written procedures for our work in the office, and we have a custom-built case management system which allows us to automate many forms and procedures for the benefit of our clients. Our conduct in litigation, trial and appeal is informed by our advanced training and grounded on:
- The Bounds of Advocacy promulgated by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers,
- The work of Stephen Susman reflected at www.trialbyagreement.com,
- The trial rules issued by Federal Judge Claire V. Egan, and
- The Standards for Appellate Conduct established by the Supreme Court of Texas.
We are early adopters of technology that helps us manage information and minimize human error while freeing us to practice law in the process. We incorporate and apply artificial intelligence and automation throughout each client matter, from the initial intake and consultation through discovery, trial preparation and appeal.
Specialized Training and Education
American law schools do not teach negotiation or advocacy skills; instead, they focus on reading case law and writing lengthy memos. Additionally, in the United States, any attorney is allowed to claim at any moment that they focus their practice on a particular area of law. One day a lawyer can claim to be an "oil and gas lawyer," and the next day they can say they are an "immigration attorney." For most attorneys, there is no way to independently determine the attorney's training or ability for a specific area of law or type of case, especially in Oklahoma. As a result of law schools' emphasis on writing and because specialization is discouraged, there are thousands of "paper tiger" attorneys, skilled at writing verbose, inflammatory motions and letters and armed with infinitely creative ways to avoid producing information in discovery and to obstruct progress in a case, but few of them can back up their rhetoric in the courtroom.
Additionally, experience alone is not enough. Experience does not necessarily ensure quality. The number of similar cases that an attorney has handled has very little to do with how good the attorney is in trial. There are attorneys who have tried dozens of cases but are not good at trial. The length of time that someone has been an attorney has nothing to do with how good that attorney is in trial. The law school that an attorney attended has nothing to do with how good an attorney is in trial. Great trial skills are the result of a combination of trial skills training, trial experience and work ethic.
At our law firm, every attorney has had specialized, intensive multi-day training for family law trials at either the National Family Law Trial Institute in Houston, Texas, or the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Institute for Associates in Chicago, Illinois, as well as advanced training on cross-examination through the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Criminal Defense College. Every attorney has completed multi-day training for depositions through the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. As members of the American Academy for Certified Financial Litigators, each of us receives ongoing, rigorous training for analysis of complex financial data. We attend regular skills training for presentation of evidence and cross-examination of hostile government witnesses, not just for criminal defense cases, but for the forensic interviewers, medical professionals, psychologists and DHS investigators who testify in many high-conflict family law cases.
What Our Training Means For Our Clients
Every year each attorney is required both to try cases and to attend classes all over the United States where the attorney is on their feet practicing real courtroom skills in front of other attorneys. We hire communications professionals to come to our office and help us work on opening statements and ideas for our cases. We have an extensive library with family law, trial preparation and evidence books that we actually read and use every day. We use these resources and we work with psychologists to help clients with witness preparation. As a result, we are able to prepare people to testify at depositions, hearings and trial in ways that few other attorneys have even heard about. We have a reputation for success due to our ability to cut through volumes of data to identify what matters and simplify and communicate complex issues to judges and juries.
We are highly skilled at putting together and trying a lean, efficient case that is based on facts. We investigate matters before filing to gather relevant information, then we use the discovery process to gain admissions from the opposing party and confirm facts through witnesses. We have specialized training and experience in ethical witness preparation for depositions, evidentiary hearings and trial. We work to make each case simple and understandable. Judges and juries are humans, and they bring all the flaws of human decision-making with them to trial, including natural human biases and fatigue. Our focus is on credibility: when we say something, we have the evidence to back it up, and we get to it. We don’t waste time in the courtroom, and we don't talk about things that do not matter.
Many attorneys do not understand how we handle cases or why we do things a certain way. For example, we disclose our client’s evidence early in the case, including photographs, income information, text messages, and so on. We use discovery requests to force the other side to acknowledge the authenticity of the information that we disclosed. We prepare cross-examination well before trial, then, at trial, use tight, controlled leading questions to gain key facts and admissions from the opposing party and opposing witnesses. Some attorneys do not use these tools because they do not know how. Unfortunately, some family law attorneys are so threatened or insecure about these “foreign ideas” (such as showing the judge a photograph of the children or a map showing the distance between two parents’ homes) that, rather than cooperate, those attorneys attempt to obstruct the litigation process by refusing to make disclosures, produce their evidence, or admit the authenticity of our evidence. The behavior of these attorneys is bizarre but predictable. They will lie and deny receiving documents, they will play word games and attempt to avoid having their client admit basic facts, and they will try to hide evidence. We are equipped to handle obstructionist attorney bullies. We do not back down from any attorney who makes false allegations or who engages in bad faith, obstructive behavior.
When we work on a case, everything we do is for a purpose: to win. The old saying is, "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." Many attorneys are known for pushing paper around and spending time on meaningless activity just to generate big fees, then pressuring their client into a bad settlement when trial approaches. Not us. We work closely with each client, identifying the evidence and the client's goals, and we focus on proving the facts that matter for a successful outcome.