When was the last time you’ve spoken with a named partner of a well-respected nationwide law firm. Probably never, because they’re all mostly dead; but even if the person whose name appears on the masthead of that law firm you’ve heard of was available to speak with you, how much do you think it would cost you to have him give you an hour of his time. You are correct; not less than $1,350. In structuring Wyckoff General Counsels, it was decided that WGC would do away with this dynamic. When you contact WGC, you will get a response directly from Tom Wyckoff, who will personally spend as much time as is necessary with you to understand your business, your ideas, your plans, your goals and whatever challenges you need resolving at that moment. Tom will be glad to travel to your location to have those discussions with you directly, or you are welcome to visit us in our New York, Connecticut, or Washington offices.
Our Lawyers Work on a Fixed-Fee Basis
If you like us, if you think we could help you accomplish what you need to do, if you can envision spending a good amount of your professional time with us, if you think you would call us at 3 AM or 4:30 AM, if necessary; then Tom Wyckoff will work together with you to determine a three-month fee arrangement that works for your business.
The fixed fee will be in an amount that your business can afford. After 3 months you and Tom will re-evaluate the hours spent by WGC, the progress made, and cooperatively adjust the fee arrangement as is fair; taking into consideration all elements of the relationship, including your budget constraints.
Depending upon whether the focus of a WGC’s client’s work is in the realm primarily of corporate or public affairs, it will have as its single point of contact with the firm (for at least the first three months), either Tom Wyckoff or Phil Sprio. Phil is Of Counsel to the firm; his corporate specialty is lobbying, government relations and associated business-development activities.
Tom Wyckoff – Managing Partner
Mr. Wyckoff’s credentials as a 25-year business-experienced corporate attorney are exceptional. Tom was associated with the law firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York after he graduated law school cum laude. Mr. Wyckoff was the attorney responsible for a Cahill public-company client that, after several years of being guided by him, hired him away from Cahill as Executive Vice President & General Counsel. After 9 months in that role Tom was promoted by the Board to lead the company as its Chief Operating Officer and President. Several months later Mr. Wyckoff took the company private in an LBO as the sole stockholder. Tom later sold his company and has been CEO, President, CFO, COO and always General Counsel, of several other formative-stage businesses ranging in life cycle from startup to mature. Throughout his 25-year career Tom has maintained his private legal practice in New York and Connecticut.
Phil Sprio – Of Counsel
Phil Sprio’s corporate practice is based in WGC’s newly established Washington DC office, and focuses on government relations, public affairs, and business development. Phil’s career has been founded in 25-year public- and private-sector service as an advocate in distinguished capacities ranging from Chief Counsel to the Leader of the New York State Assembly, to Founding Principal of Rappleyea Public Affairs; a lobbying firm specializing in insurance, health care, gaming, banking, consumer goods, and commercial matters on behalf of its clients. Phil’s most recent endeavors have also found him at the helm of a series of companies whose businesses have been highly dependent upon their contractual arrangements with the Department of Defense and various state authorities. Certain highlights of Phil’s success include a role in shaping the future of PayPal, helping to re-write laws related to banking and security on behalf of a renowned client after September 11th, and negotiating a compact with New York State to build a casino on behalf of the Seneca Nation.
WGC has a team of additional business-oriented, highly sophisticated and deeply trained corporate attorneys with similar backgrounds who are available at a moment’s notice to assist with whatever workload is required. As WGC continues to grow its business, Tom will select attorneys from these individuals who may be transitioned to the single point of contact with a client once the Client is comfortable with, and approves of that, attorney as the main point of contact.