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“Cases, like battles are successfully resolved with the right people and a good strategic plan. When it comes to efficient and effective resolution of your legal matters, you don’t need just any lawyer, you need a ‘litigation strategist’.”

Shoecraft ♦ Burton, LLP is a multi-practice boutique civil litigation firm that provides proactive, cost-conscious and aggressive legal services tailored to its clients goals. The firm practices throughout California and its lawyers are not only litigation specialists they are litigation strategists. A litigation strategist is a lawyer that is experienced in all aspects of litigation and also understands the appellate process. A litigation strategist possesses an unmatched ability to anticipate legal hurdles up front and to design a litigation plan to overcome those hurdles and successfully maneuver through the pitfalls of litigation.

Recognizing that when it comes to litigation matters, larger firms are not efficient providers of legal services because the lawyers with the most courtroom time and litigation expertise typically are not involved until the eve of trial, the firms founding partners Robert D. Shoecraft and Michelle L. Burton made the jump from larger firms in 2004 to build a firm that focused on direct, responsive and personal management of its clients’ legal matters. The firm was built on the belief that the best results for clients are achieved when the attorneys with the most expertise plan the litigation strategy at the onset and are involved in the matter from inception to its conclusion. It is through the day to day personal involvement in the legal representation and attention to detail by the attorneys with the most expertise that has allowed the firm to consistently obtain the very best results for its clients.

The firm has been AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell since its inception and in this competitive legal market maintains long-standing relationships with its clients. Client loyalty is a testament to the firm’s commitment to providing superior legal services with measurable results in an efficient and ethical manner. The firm specializes in litigation, complex insurance coverage matters and appeals. Over the years, the firm has successfully defended and prosecuted hundreds of matters on behalf of insurance companies, policyholders, insurance brokers, corporate and individual clients, developers as well as, municipalities and public entities. The firm has particular expertise in defending insurance bad faith matters, fraudulent insurance claims, insurance application fraud, first party defense and third party defense, premises liability actions, errors and omissions claims against insurance brokers and architects and engineers. The firm routinely provides coverage advice on all lines of insurance for insurers, conducts examinations under oath and drafts, and reviews policy language proposed by insurers for potential future coverage issues. The firm also offers risk management services and litigation avoidance strategies to its insurance and corporate clients designed to mitigate litigation costs. Such services include review of claims manuals, underwriting guidelines, Title 10 certification, training seminars on claims handling and errors and omissions and review of corporate insurance programs.

The firm’s lawyers are skillful negotiators, tenacious litigators and adept legal writers. Together, Mr. Shoecraft and Ms. Burton have over 40 years of combined courtroom experience ranging from complex motion argument, a wide breadth of jury and bench trials to argument on important and cutting edge legal issues at the California Court of Appeal. While the firm has achieved remarkable results for its clients’ by disposing of cases through negotiated settlements, on summary judgment and appeal–when necessary–its lawyers try cases and have a very good success rate. Since the firms lawyers are routinely in the courtroom in jurisdictions throughout California they know the judges, the court room clerks and the particular requirements of each courtroom which assists in planning the litigation strategy for each matter and is a tremendous benefit to the firm’s clients. The firm also has a track record of success prosecuting and defending appeals both in state and federal courts.

Shoecraft ♦ Burton has competitive rates and welcomes the opportunity to discuss a client’s important legal needs and looks forward to building a long lasting attorney-client relationship.


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