Passion for Excellence
It is not enough to be successful. It is not enough to be admired by your peers. It is not even enough to be a "success" in the eyes of your clients. What is required is a constant quest for excellence. Excellence is our expectation of both the judicial system and ourselves. We expect that our friends - as well as our adversaries - will conduct themselves in a professional fashion, and we demand that our standards be the ones followed, not those of a lesser individual. We seek excellence. Excellence does not mean excess. It means obtaining the best possible result given the time, money and opposition involved in each legal service we are called upon to deliver.
Our philosophy is simple: treat the client as we would like to be treated were we the client, and provide more than what we are paid for. We do not promise success. No lawyer can or should hold out that expectation. But we can treat the client's interests as if they were our own, and to take it very, very personally. And, in the process we think we enhance the client's reputation by the selection the client made of its counsel. Judges, opposing counsel, and the Bar make decisions based, in part, on reputation. Akers is a name that means something in Texas. We believe in helping others. We believe in leaving things behind better than when we arrived. And, we expect the client to help, too. The client is an integral part of our team. There is no other way to put it. Some clients will want to be distant. Some will want to have more participation. That is their choice. Either way, the client is a team participant, and the whole effort is improved by this joint participation.
We believe in growth: Professional and Spiritual.
And finally, our philosophy is that the American Legal System is the greatest system in History for resolving disputes between citizens. We believe strongly in the right of trial by jury, of the common wisdom of our neighbors, of the Rule of Law. We recognize that no system is perfect. But, we are committed to our Legal System, and to this end we are dedicated to pro bono programs, participation in Bar functions, serving as speakers for Continuing Legal Education seminars, election to office, and conducting ourselves in ways that will cause our friends and neighbors to look on us and our firm with admiration. We don't criticize the System. We try to improve it.
"The great danger in today's world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience. Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God's voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades. ... That is no way to live a dignified and fulfilled life; it is not God's will for us, nor is it the life in the Spirit which has its source in the heart of the risen Christ."
- Evangeli Gaudium, Pope Francis, November 24, 2013