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Re: “Lawyer and (animal) lover

We at The Animal Law Center want to clear up a comment in this article made by a disgruntled former volunteer/employee Juliet Piccone. Her statement, that “everything is about the money” at The Animal Law Center, grossly misrepresents what we do and how we operate.
More than 95% of our cases are pro-bono or low-bono, because we operate on a shoe-string budget and strive to serve the public. Each of our highly accredited professional staff members receives far less compensation than our colleagues in the legal field. We make this sacrifice to sustain the firm and to serve the public interest of Colorado, as well as the national animal community. What little revenue is generated is either invested back into the firm or issued as minimal payment for work. Piccone was a beneficiary of some of that minimal compensation. I donate countless hours to legal cases and related causes and have spent the greater part of a personal inheritance to create and build this practice.
One example of the pro or low bono cases we’ve done is a pit bull service dog case out of Denver and Aurora. That recently settled case alone entailed thousands of attorney hours spanning five years. We also represent countless rescues, shelters, and non-profit organizations for little or no money. In fact, we don’t take a normal hourly rate for many of our cases.
Piccone’s indefensible comments constitute a pathetic effort to sully the work we do and they are offensive. It should be understood by all that The Animal Law Center is about animals first – not profits.
Jennifer Edwards, lawyer and founder of The Animal Law Center

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Posted by ALC on 05/22/2014 at 9:08 AM

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