Button Law February 2020

FEB 2020

4315 W. Lovers Lane, Suite A, Dallas, TX 75209 | 1900 W. Illinois Avenue, Suite 101, Midland, TX 79701 www.buttonlawfirm.com | 214-888-2216 HOT-BUTTON ISSUES

It’s said that you can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been. Coming up on five years as a law firm, these words ring truer than ever. Taking a moment to look back at where we’ve been and where we are today is an opportunity to appreciate and observe the strides we’ve made, the lessons we’ve learned, and the firm we’ve built. The Button Law Firm started out as a two-person operation out of a single-office space in Dallas. I shared the office with my paralegal, and our desks were so close in the small room that we were almost back to back. We operated out of there for a few years until we moved into our coworking space through the great folks at Common Desk. It was a small office, but it had just what we needed, including conference rooms we could use for meetings. Last year, we moved into our current space on Lovers Lane in the Love Field neighborhood of Dallas. It’s hard to express how amazing it is to have a space all our own that we can fully customize with BLF stories and successes. We’ve built it to fit our needs and those of our clients. We’ve created a quiet, peaceful office that’s BLF-centered and celebrates the successes of our teams and our clients. What was once a firm made up of entirely me and one paralegal is now a full team of six bright, skilled individuals. We have a leadership team made up of people who’ve been here and earned their role as leaders. Ashley, Rosie, and I have been working together since we started our growth as a team over two years ago. Without these two amazing leaders, we would not be where we are at today. Our team is continuing to grow, and each person we’ve brought in adds so much to our vision. I’m looking forward to not only adding new team members in the coming years but also to continuing to develop the people we already have. When we were starting out, I said yes to any case that came through our door. I didn’t know what to say no to, and we lost a lot of money on cases I didn’t yet know weren’t cases. Today, we’ve defined our practice. We have a specific mindset geared toward the cases we Glancing Back and Gazing Forward 5 YEARS OF BLF

handle, like our focus on daycare injury cases. Our work is about quality over quantity. With the cases we say yes to, we work on them every day. It’s been an evolution of defining our vision. We went from knowing we wanted to be a law firm to having a defined vision of what we want to achieve as individuals, as a team, and as part of the community. We do our best to carry it out every day. Rather than saying yes to everything, I’ve learned how to choose the few things we say yes to and give them our all. Through each step of our journey, there are lessons to be learned and something to be taken from even the hardest-hitting loss. We’ve had some tough cases that felt crushing at the time. We’ve also had some major successes over the years. We celebrate and enjoy our win for that day, taking time to congratulate one another on all the work involved in leading to that moment. Then we look at what we did well, what we could have done better, and what we want to take away from that experience. You can’t rest on your success. You can’t let yourself get too high on big wins, and you can’t get too low on the things that don’t go according to plan. As the owner and leader of our firm, a big takeaway from the last five years has been how important the journey is compared to the destination. On this journey, I’ve learned so much about growing a team and bringing in people who share the firm’s vision. I’ve learned how to share responsibilities and train. I’ve learned, in essence, how to be a leader. It’s been an amazing journey so far, and I know it’s only going to get better. I can’t wait.

Thanks for being part of our first five years. Here’s to the next five.

–Russell Button




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