In 2011, Lee and Christine Grable, their two boys, Will and Charlie, and the family beagle, Annie, sold their house in Austin and moved to Aspen, Colorado. The original plan had been to head to Dallas, but the family decided to take advantage of having young children and being “untethered” in order to have a family adventure. Lee continued his law practice from Colorado, and it was a great bonding experience.
It was also a time of valuable professional development. Specifically, Lee found that his Texas clients did not care at all where he lived, as long as he was responsive and did quality work for a reasonable fee. The takeaway was that if he could operate a Texas-based law practice from Colorado, a firm could certainly operate without expensive Class A office space or any dedicated space at all for that matter.
Prior to moving back to Dallas in 2013, Lee reached out to his long-time friend and colleague, Shauna Martin, about starting a new type of law firm. In addition to having worked at large law firms, Shauna and Lee had both served as General Counsel for emerging companies, so they were comfortable leveraging technology to operate without all of the unnecessary frills of the typical old school law firm. Therefore, they decided that the new firm would be a lean, light footprint, low overhead model to keep expenses down, but with experienced, partner-level attorneys to avoid any sacrifice in quality.
Shauna and Lee reached out to their mutual friend and Lee’s former co-worker, Suzy Fulton, to be their third founder, and she enthusiastically came onboard. Suzy was a perfect fit based on her BigLaw and General Counsel experience, as well as her entrepreneurial spirit. Thus, Grable Martin Fulton PLLC began serving clients in the summer of 2013!
The firm’s streamlined delivery model eliminates expensive office space and staff, which allows us to be efficient and cost-effective. We also have the flexibility to consider fixed-fee and other alternative billing arrangements.
One of the main concepts from the beginning was to recruit and add other top flight lawyers who had a business mindset and were looking for a better way to practice law. We have had significant success in that department, and the firm now consists of over 20 lawyers in a variety of practice areas.
All of our attorneys are experienced, partner-level lawyers who work directly with clients. Our lawyers include alumni of some of the country’s largest firms, former General Counsels and high level in-house attorneys. Our business experience is a significant asset to our clients. We are used to working with internal clients and make it a point to listen to our clients’ goals and objectives.
We are thrilled about our progress to date and look forward to continued growth and success down the road!
“We met with Wei Wei [Jeang] to help us prepare and submit a patent for our graphene fishing rod. Wei Wei provided great advice, walked us through the entire process, and even researched our industry… We contacted Wei Wei for help with our patent, and in the process found a trusted advisor with an extensive network of quality attorneys…”
“I have worked closely with Grable Martin Fulton for the past several years and they have become a valuable partner to our company.… The fixed monthly fee allows me to maintain a predictable budget and I am always able to have a partner from GMF work with me as needed to meet tight deadlines.”
“GMF serves an extension of our in house team. Their seasoned, skilled attorneys focus on the issues that matter most to our organization and, as a result, we receive cost-effective representation centered around accomplishing our business objectives.”
“Grable Martin Fulton is a legal partner we trust with our patent portfolio. We can count on Spencer [Patterson] and his team to respond quickly to our business needs and to provide valuable guidance in protecting and expanding our intellectual property portfolio. When asked for a recommendation, Spencer is our first call for patent & trademark prosecution work.”
“I highly recommend Grable Martin & Fulton. Pete Lando and his team are excellent listeners who provide creative solutions to our business and intellectual property needs. As a low cost, food manufacturer, we appreciate that Pete knows what’s important to our business and is responsive to our needs.”
“I’ve really enjoyed working with GMF over the past year to trademark my company name and logos. I was able to communicate my goals, objectives and the specifics of my business one time, and from that, Spencer [Patterson] executed the project completely. He provided recommendations, guidance and regular updates throughout the entire process and I believe he was geared toward protecting my company and its interests…”
“I highly recommend David Wang for his legal services. He is the perfect mix of business person and attorney always blending the two in the best way possible. I have used and met many attorneys but David is the only one I will work with.”
“Lee [Grable] has been an excellent attorney and business advisor for our company. He has always provided valuable, accurate and prompt legal support when we have needed it. His understanding of our business and processes and his responsiveness have enabled me to effectively manage sudden increases in contract negotiation needs.”
“We are a small business with limited resources to use in Human Capital issues but strive to maintain the highest level of integrity in our employment practices from recruiting to retirement. We have called upon Grable Martin & Fulton on numerous occasions for guidance along that road. On every occasion, we have found them to be prompt in their responses to our inquiries, fair in their fees and insightful in their counsel…”
“Wei Wei [Jeang] worked closely with me for over ten years as our Patent Counsel to help me establish Fire Research Corporation (FRC) as a leading innovative manufacturer of state-of-the-art equipment and solutions for fire, rescue, and emergency services. I relied on her sound judgment, advice, and her always prompt attention to my requests. I enjoyed working with Wei Wei and I highly recommend her to anyone.”