This is an irreverent story… a bit like us at Argentum Law. Like every great superhero, Argentum has an origin story. In our version of the archetypal laboratory accident, take one part white shoe law firm practitioner and one part seasoned career general counsel, a perfect balance of East and West peppered with New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Mumbai and Dubai experiences all jammed into a test tube and...
It grew from a meeting over coffee and eclairs in a cafe about what was wrong with the legal industry and how to be better and happier lawyers. From there, we put ourselves to work on the best way to re-align interests in a broken and inherently unfair legal industry.
We went back to basics of what we loved about our work. We loved feeling vested with our clients, and a part of their team and forming part of their "strategic mind”. We crafted a fee structure that heavily emphasized the role of the working attorney, acknowledged the roles of originators and stripped fees down to the bare minimum.
No frills lawyering.
Passing on the savings to our clients.
Being a part of their team.
Focusing on quality.
Central to our goal was truly loving what our clients do and being as enthusiastic as they are for their own success. We have a practice at Argentum Law where we spend hours free of charge just learning the business model of our clients and understanding their pain points.
From that coffee meeting in 2015, fast forward four years later. We are now functioning in three continents. We have lawyers and solo practitioners associated with us between Toronto, New York, Houston, London and the UAE. No marketing budget - just pure, unadulterated organic growth and word of mouth of our clients. Our clients now include internationally listed corporates to startups disrupting their industries and making headlines. Our lawyers are internationally mobile, working out of co-working locations around the world for our clients, with the firm being accessible around the clock given our intercontinental reach.
We are international general counsel supercharged with special expertise in various high growth sectors and regions of the world - a combination of the type of lawyer we believe will be the future “super-lawyers” of the world: Commercially-minded, strategically driven lawyers that combine the broad issue-spotting superpowers of a seasoned general counsel as well as the piercing insight that can only come from the special expertise honed by each of our lawyers in their relevant industries, markets and regions.
Ultimately, what started from riffing on how to be better and happier lawyers turned into a proven method to make our own clients better, happier and more successful.
Not all heroes wear capes. Some work out of a WeWork in Paris chugging jugs of coffee to keep up with a document deadline for a Phoenix-based client while balancing emergency calls with a Cape Town-based client for HR matters and overseeing local counsel in Singapore for a ground breaking M&A transaction.
This is an irreverent story, but for us a little irreverence is exactly what the global legal industry needs.