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William CalcuttThe Case for Integrity

William Calcutt: Calcutt, Rogers & Boynton, PLLC, Traverse City
The Brief: University of Detroit Law School, J.D., 1978; Charter Member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms
Practice Areas: Business, Commercial, Construction, Employment, Real Estate Law, and Civil Litigation.

You didn’t start your practice in Traverse City.

I started out in a large corporate law firm in Detroit for four or five years before I came back. The advantage of having worked for a large firm is that if you do litigation with such a firm you know how they operate, so you are less likely to be intimidated.

And your firm does handle cases for large corporations and against large metropolitan law firms.

We get a lot of work from small and large corporations and from lawyers outside of the area—Grand Rapids, Detroit, Chicago. We do transactional work that ranges anywhere from $1,000 to $50 million dollars in value.

Your firm has a winning reputation.

I think a lawyer in litigation who seeks a motion or some sort of interim relief should win that motion or request almost all the time. If that is not the case, it may indicate that the lawyer is not using good judgment.

What should people consider before choosing an attorney?

A good lawyer candidly informs his or her clients of potential costs and possible risks or consequences relative to a client’s objective. A lawyer should also offer a good faith approach for customizing his or her legal services, so that they are cost-effective relative to the amount of the value or risk in a transaction or litigation matter.

Your firm is the only one in Northern Michigan to be a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms.

To be approved as a member Primerus screens you for integrity, competency and civility.