Strong Values Which Breed Success
SMTD Law LLP is a construction boutique law firm representing clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to small businesses. Recently, Marilyn Kilnger found success in AI’s Leading Adviser 2019 where she was selected as the Leading Construction Disputes Lawyer of the Year, California. Following this win, we profile the firm and caught up with Marilyn who provided us with a glimpse into the exceptional services both herself and the team at SMTD Law LLP consistently deliver.
Since their inception in 2008, SMTD Law LLP has focused on the commercial aspects of construction law from the beginning stages of a construction project to its conclusion and thereafter. Today, the firm’s core practice areas include time-related claims and litigation, legal advice and counsel regarding the contracting process, administrative and scope claims and litigation, change and extra work orders/inadequate plans and specifications to name but a few.
Representing all of the key players in the construction industry, SMTD Law LLP’s practice is weighted more towards the general contractor and large speciality trade contractors. Over the years, the team at SMTD Law LLP have accumulated a diverse clientele they are proud of. As a result of years of dedication to the craft and ensuring that an exceptional service is delivered, SMTD Law LLP have countless accolades to their name. Going into further detail about the success they have had, Marilyn begins by informing us of some of the reasons she believes are secrets behind their remarkable accomplishments.
“Here at SMTD LAW LLP, since we represent the full spectrum of the construction industry – from owners, contractors, subcontractors and design professionals, we are able to view the issues from all perspectives. Also, we have extensive experience in dispute resolution including litigation, trial, appeals, arbitration and mediation.”
Enabling the firm to offer and deliver these tailored services, is the experienced, committed and hard-working team which forms the backbone of SMTD Law LLP. When discussing the internal culture, Marilyn is keen to highlight the significant role the team plays in the overall success of the firm.
“We utilize our para-professional staff in order to enhance our services to our clients at very affordable rates. In other words, we try to focus on our attorneys performing legal work and our para-professionals offering administrative assistance, to free up our attorneys to perform said legal work.”
Looking ahead to what the future holds for the firm, the team at SMTD Law LLP will continue to deliver an impeccable service, ensuring that they not only deliver a service which fulfils the requirements which have been set by their clients, but also surpasses their expectations. Bringing the interview to a close, Marilyn signs off by revealing the exciting plans which lie in the pipeline for the firm, touching on how they hope to further expand their presence and the services they provide.
“Moving forward, our plans include continuing to do what we have been doing in the sense of providing a stellar service to our clients. Alongside this, we will continue to deliver presentations regarding construction issues both in person and via webinars. Lastly, we will also attend construction industry events, as well as continuing our leadership roles in various construction organizations.”