Axiom has formally launched full service Arizona-based law firm Axiom Advice & Counsel (AA&C) led by managing partner Matthew Levine, a founding member and manager of Arizona commercial law firm Titus Brueckner & Levine. The launch follows the Arizona Supreme Court’s decision to grant AA&C an alternative business structure license.
Levine is joined at the firm by Jeffrey Harris, who was a partner at Titus Brueckner and joins AA&C as a partner. In addition, Lynda Shely will serve as the firm’s compliance lawyer. Shely is the 2020-2023 Chair of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. She currently serves on the Arizona Supreme Court’s Alternative Business Structure (ABS) Committee.
“Axiom has been disrupting the legal industry since its inception, by providing legal departments with enhanced approaches to finding the experienced talent they value,” said Catherine Kemnitz, Axiom’s chief strategy and development officer, and designated principal for Axiom Advice & Counsel.
“Launching AA&C is the next important step in continuing industry transformation. Under Matt’s leadership, we approach the practice of law with unmatched modernity – prioritizing clients and the lawyer experience, and leveraging the right legal talent, data, and practice-specific technology for each legal matter. AA&C’s reimagined law firm model delivers uniquely effective and efficient outcomes for every dollar spent on outside counsel.”
The plan is for AA&C to support a diverse set of clients ranging from growing businesses represented solely by the firm, to multinationals with large in-house teams. Mirroring its managing partner’s experience, AA&C will initially focus on corporate law including complex real estate, labour and employment, mergers and acquisitions, data privacy, intellectual property, and regulatory matters, with practice and sector-specific expansion expected on the horizon.
“After years of working within and leading law firms, I relish the opportunity to reinvent the archetype of the modern firm,” said Levine. “By creating a firm unencumbered by billable hours and the traditional partner pyramid, AA&C’s lawyers are freed from prioritizing firm economics over client-centric values. Instead, our attorneys can place their singular focus on providing clients with the practical, commercial-oriented legal advice that best serves their strategic goals. Equally important, the model responds to the growing client outcry for high-quality, flexible, cost-efficient counsel.”