Hansen Reynolds Dickinson Crueger LLC

Second Year Winner

Erin Dickinson, Tim Hansen, Chuck Crueger and Toby Reynolds

Hansen Reynolds Dickinson Crueger LLC

316 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 200, Milwaukee  •  www.hrdclaw.com
Year founded: 2011
Product or service offered: Litigation law firm that focuses on complex business and patent litigation.
Partners: Tim Hansen, Toby Reynolds, Erin Dickinson, Chuck Crueger
Projected 2016 revenue: $12 million
Target clientele: Privately held companies with $50 million to $500 million in annual revenue and publicly traded companies. We are, of course, pleased to represent smaller private companies and individuals as well.

Erin Dickinson, Tim Hansen, Chuck Crueger and Toby Reynolds
Erin Dickinson, Tim Hansen, Chuck Crueger and Toby Reynolds

What has fueled your company’s growth?

“A unique business model focused on low overhead, innovative fee structures and a need in the legal market for a boutique firm focusing on high-end litigation. We also capitalized on opportunities to associate with like-minded, complementary law firms. Further, the economic downturn made it possible for us to hire and retain incredibly talented lawyers and staff.”

What is the biggest obstacle to your company’s growth?

“In some sense, space. Finding a workspace that can grow with the firm, reflect a professional but unstuffy aesthetic, and not exceed the budget is a challenge. As a newer firm, we also have to maximize every opportunity to brand and market ourselves to create awareness.”

Who are the business people you admire and why?

“We looked to three other boutique, litigation-focused firms in developing the model for our firm: Susman Godfrey (Houston); Bartlit Beck (Chicago) and Boies Schiller (New York). All three are smaller firms that handle some of the most challenging lawsuits in the country. They embody many of the traits we aim for: creativity, flexibility and some calculated risk-taking. We’d be happy to add our name to that list.”

What is the outlook for your industry?

“Nationally, there has been a decline in commercial litigation. But we are busier than ever. This reflects a demand for a better model, not a reduction of conflict in the business world. Business disputes are sometimes unavoidable. Businesses should not be deterred from acting because it costs too much to defend yourself or assert your rights. We also monitor legal and regulatory developments. Business clients are constantly challenged by new rules and restrictions. We try to create solutions before our clients are confronted with a problem that emerged literally overnight.”

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