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Firm Profile

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The Severson Advantage: Severson lawyers are relentlessly oriented to our Clients’ definition of success and responsive to the pressures they face. For over 70 years we have crafted a culture of talent, creativity, energy and commitment – leveraged by hard-won expertise and profound, “institutional memory” for our Clients’ businesses. We deliver sound counsel, fierce advocacy cost-effective results and shortened resolution times.

Commitment to Service

For over 70 years, we have provided consistent, reliable, unwavering support to our Clients. The ethic here is service in its best, truest sense.  Severson lawyers are taught from the start that our Clients know their business, its environment, and their ultimate needs better than we do. We know that our success depends on long-term partnership with our clients. We listen closely, consider fully and then provide honest, straightforward advice and energetic, committed advocacy.

Focused Expertise

Severson & Werson has been an integral part in the growth and health of the modern financial services and insurance industries nationwide. Our Clients include banks, market funded consumer and automobile finance companies, mortgage bankers, and domestic and foreign insurance companies.

As a result of its services to financial institutions,  Severson has developed depth and expertise in consumer class action litigation unsurpassed by any other firm of any size. Likewise, Severson’s historical insurance practice led the firm to develop one of the premier construction practices in California, focused on the representation of architects, engineers, construction managers and environmental professionals. Client demands and opportunities have led the firm to expand into and excel in many areas beyond these historical core practices, including employment practices, intellectual property, unfair business practices, real estate, professional liability and other areas.

Trial Skills

When our clients are confronted by litigation, our aim is not to multiply disputes but to resolve them – to bring every matter to a swift, successful end.  But critical to this approach is absolute mastery of the trial process – so that our Clients can face and end serious litigation threats with confidence. In this era of high stakes and early settlements, real trial skills have become vanishingly rare. Not so at Severson, where we have an extraordinary wealth of winning trial experience in jurisdictions nationwide.  Our Clients know that alternative resolution and/or settlement are strategic and financial options — but not a necessity.

Diversity

At Severson & Werson, “Diversity” is not a metric, a marketing prop or a recruitment tool. We have set our Firm on a course to consciously and rigorously shape our core values and embrace unconventional approaches to recognition and advancement of talented lawyers and staff modeling the world in which we work and the Clients we serve.

Admissions to Practice

Severson & Werson attorneys are admitted to practice in federal courts at all levels throughout the U.S., and licensed in California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii,  Indiana, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada,  New Jersey, New York,  North Carolina,  Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina,  Tennessee, Texas, and Washington.

Strategic Advice & Advocacy

Finally, Severson recognizes that litigation is only one component of the legal support necessary to serve its clients. Severson takes great pride in its collective ability to listen to clients and provide the strategic and responsive advice which can often avoid litigation.  As a result, Severson has become a trusted advisor and counselor to many of its clients as they chart their respective business plans. Financial services firms, insurance companies, professional firms, real estate companies, and many others have all come to count on Severson for practical and straightforward advice serving the immediate and long term interests of the client.  In many areas such as real estate, employment practices, and construction, this strategic advice takes its final form in the drafting and negotiation of corporate documents and agreements integral to the success of our clients.

Shared Languages

The Firm’s staff and attorneys are pleased to offer our clients language skills in Burmese, Cantonese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Thai.