Posted Apr 08, 2008 05:47 pm CDT
Clients seeking to meet with their counsel at one downtown Boston law firm are encouraged to try to do so during its regular office hours—between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., Monday to Friday—although special arrangements can be made to meet at other times.
But for many individual and small business clients of 14-attorney Bay State Legal Services, the evening is the ideal time to meet, reports the National Law Journal. Meanwhile, the fledgling enterprise, also branded and trademarked as After-Hours Law, is able to afford prime downtown office space at 60 State Street by leasing it only during evening hours under a fee-splitting arrangement with another firm.
Founder E. James Perullo, now 43, admits the got the idea because of the need to keep his day job—which he still holds—doing contract information technology work. He is the only partner of the 10-month-old firm right now, but expects to add others. Meanwhile, other lawyers with a similar need to focus on other work during the regular business day have affiliated with his venture, and clients, Perullo says, find the evening office hours ideal.
“The idea behind the business model is convenience for clients,” he says.