Somewhere along the way, litigation became more about what the lawyers want to do and less about what the clients want to do.

 

Everyone knows a good lawyer joke, and references to unscrupulous lawyers pervade our popular culture. The common perception in America is that your lawyer is someone who will say whatever it takes to get your money. Their primary goal is to capitalize on your hardship to feed his or her own bank account. At best, we're a necessary evil.  

So how did we get to this point? With a strict code of ethics binding our profession that dictates that the client's interest is paramount and we must obey and protect our client at all costs, how can it be that lawyers have become such a target of distrust and cynicism?

The truth about our profession is that all too often, the dominant force for some litigators is their own self-interest and not the best interests of the client. Unfortunately, the financial interests of lawyers are often in direct opposition to the best interests of their clients. These lawyers decide what is best for themselves and convince the client to agree with their plan under the guise of "playing hard ball" or "fighting for you." At the end, the client gets the short end of the stick and the lawyer moves on to the next case a little richer.

Muehlbauer Law Office was formed to try and reverse this trend. Whether it means looking at an early, reasonable settlement to maximize the net benefit to the client, making strategic decisions on cost/benefit during discovery, or simply just listening  to the client, Muehlbauer Law Office strives to bring integrity and trust back to the attorney/client relationship. Your lawyer should be someone you can trust implicitly for guidance, confidentiality, and advocacy.

We're a law firm for people who hate lawyers. Let us change your mind.   

 

 
logo-big.jpg
 

A different kind of law firm. Here's why.

 

 

Integrity

It's a fun word that lawyers like to use, but it really means something to us. What, you ask? Doing the right thing, even when no one will know the difference. Fighting for our client, but not abusing the system or deceiving our opponent. And probably the hardest part about having integrity is being honest when you make a mistake. Litigation is tough, demanding, and complex. It's not easy to do everything perfectly no matter how hard you try or how smart you are - anyone who tells you differently is trying to sell you something. One thing that we believe sets us apart is that  if we make a mistake, we'll tell you and we'll figure out a way to make it right. 

Don't get us wrong - we're great at what we do and mistakes are extremely rare. But we like to sleep well at night, so that means no covering up and no lying to our clients.

Listening

The easy way to practice law is to look at a case and relate it to something we've seen before and try and fit it into that mold. The problem is that each client is different and has different priorities. Here at MLO, we listen to you and avoid trying to squeeze your case into a formula. That means understanding what your goals are, even when we may disagree. You're the client, and you decide where a case is going. We'll give you suggestions and tell you our opinions, but ultimately it's your call and not ours. Being a good lawyer means sometimes putting your own goals and ego aside and letting the client's plan run the case. We ask questions and listen to the answers. 

This doesn't just extend to case strategy. We adjust our client reporting and client involvement to suit your needs. Whether you want reporting every 30 days or only when something important occurs to save on costs, we're flexible. If you want to be personally involved in all decisions or you'd rather us absorb the stress and tell you only the high points, we'll do what you want.

 

Quality

Andrew Muehlbauer and Sean Connell both graduated with honors from Top 20 U.S. News & World Report law schools and immediately dove into the litigation world head first.  Out of law school, Andy and Sean worked for top flight regional litigation firms and took on as much responsibility as possible, including trial and appellate work within their first few years licensed. They sought out as many different kinds of cases as possible to broaden their knowledge base -- personal injury, construction defect, wrongful death, mergers & acquisitions, and many more.

The constant across every practice area, however, is the quality of our work. We strive to ensure that every piece of work product that leaves our office is top notch in both analysis and form. You will never have to be embarrassed reading a brief from our firm submitted on your behalf. We know our work product is a representation of our clients and our clients deserve the best representation possible. 

Cost Efficiency

Regardless of which side of the court room we're on, the underlying theme to our litigation strategy will always be  cost efficiency. If you're being sued, it already is bad enough that your financial freedom is in jeopardy - you don't need your lawyer piling on. If you're a plaintiff, wasting money in costs and prolonging a case only diminishes your recovery and extends the stress of litigation.  

Here's what we promise: efficient, high quality legal work at a fair price. Good legal work will never be cheap, but we will do our best to make the cost tolerable and reasonable. We're a boutique firm with low overhead, so we can be competitive with anybody on pricing without sacrificing quality. To achieve this, it doesn't just mean setting a fair rate of compensation - it means sticking to budgets, communicating with experts to keep them on track, and consistent reporting to the client. These are the best ways to make sure we all are working towards the same goal. 

           andrew@mlolegal.com Licensed in Nevada, Arizona, and Illinois

           andrew@mlolegal.com

Licensed in Nevada, Arizona, and Illinois

              sean@mlolegal.com    Licensed in Nevada and Iowa

              sean@mlolegal.com

   Licensed in Nevada and Iowa

Andrew R. Muehlbauer, Esq.

Andy is the founding member of Muehlbauer Law Office. Andy was born and raised in Wisconsin and attended University of Wisconsin - Madison from 1999 - 2003, where he graduated with  a degree in Political Science. From there, he attended University of Minnesota Law School where he focused on litigation-related classes and workshops. He graduated magna cum laude in 2006 and took a job with the highly-respected regional litigation firm of Cooksey, Toolen, Gage, Duffy & Woog in August of 2006. He made partner at Cooksey Toolen in 2014.

After being given the opportunity to experience every aspect of litigation over more than eight years of practice with Cooksey Toolen, Andy decided to venture out on his own to open a boutique litigation firm that focuses on individual client attention and litigation plans specifically tailored to the client's goals. Muehlbauer Law Office, Ltd. opened its doors in March of 2015.

One of the most important things Andy learned from his years at Cooksey Toolen came from one of the senior partners at the firm: an important role of lawyers is to absorb stress for their clients. That means we take on the conflict, the negativity, and the complications of litigation so that the clients can go back to living their lives. 

On the personal side of things, every moment not spent with his family or working in his practice is generally spent rooting for the Packers, Brewers, Badgers, and UNLV Rebels basketball team.  

 

 

 

Sean P. Connell, Esq.

Sean Connell is a partner with the firm that has been practicing in Las Vegas since 2000. He has experience handling all types of civil litigation as well as criminal defense.  Over the last 16 years, his cases have involved bankruptcy, foster parent liability, predatory lending claims,  complex construction defect litigation, and insurance coverage disputes for multi-national corporations, financial institutions, municipal entities and builders.  Mr. Connell is known for his ability to resolve cases in the early stages of discovery and through aggressive dispositive motion practice focusing on nuanced legal arguments. Mr. Connell has served as lead trial counsel, has obtained many favorable resolutions for clients through arbitration, and has successfully represented parties at the appellate level on wrongful death and negligence claims. 

Mr. Connell is active in the Las Vegas community on civic issues, and is a popular speaker on legal topics such as the formation of an intermediate appellate court in Nevada; the judicial election process and appointment of judges; potential conflicts created by law firms financing judicial elections; and, constitutional issues related to federal ownership of state land.

Mr. Connell received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa Law School with Distinction (2000), after receiving his undergraduate degree from Marquette University (1997). Mr. Connell is licensed to practice in Nevada (2000) and Iowa (2014). He was named to the 2015 and 2016 Nevada Legal Elite by Nevada Business Magazine, one of the Top 100 Litigators of 2016 by the American Society of Legal Advocates, and named to the top 3% of attorneys nationwide in 2016 by the Expert Network. 

        witty@mlolegal.com

        witty@mlolegal.com

Witty Huang

Witty is a legal assistant and paralegal at Muehlbauer Law Office. Witty grew up in Southern California and moved to Las Vegas in 2006. She is a former high school English teacher of seven years, five of which were in the Clark County School District. Witty completed her Masters degree at the University of Nevada - Las Vegas in 2014. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, practicing yoga, and travelling. 

Think we can help you? Set up an appointment and come on by. Or if you'd rather just talk over the phone or e-mail, that's okay, too.

All initial consultations are free, whether in person or otherwise, and if we can't help you then we'll help you find someone who can. 

Our Nevada office is on Sahara Ave. in between Buffalo and Cimarron in the Canyon Plaza office park. 

7915 West Sahara Ave., Suite 104
Las Vegas, Nevada 89117
702.330.4505

 

Our Arizona office is located at the Scottsdale Fashion Square at the corner of E. Camelback and N. Scottsdale. 

7150 East Camelback Road, Suite 444
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
480.626.4403