Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Alexander's Firm Joins Minority Law Partnership

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Alexander's Firm Joins Minority Law Partnership

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The Oklahoma City law firm of Robert H. Alexander Jr. is one of six minority-owned law firms across the country that have joined forces to pursue major corporate clients.

The firms signed a partnership agreement in March, and Arnelle Fitch Lewis Sanchez Arrington & Alexander was born.

If successful, Alexander said a future goal is to become a partnership of individuals, which would make the entity a single law firm of 112 lawyers with offices in several cities.

"The administrative office, as we call it, is in Chicago, at Sanchez & Daniels," he said. Communication between the offices _ located in Oklahoma City, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, Boston and San Francisco _ is easy, thanks to a special telephone network and computer links.

"My area of specialization is products liability defense and commercial litigation," Alexander said of his five-lawyer firm.

"Some of the larger partner firms have health law specialties, real estate specialties _ the range of practice areas. But my firm started as a litigation law firm, and still is." The collective firms have yet to procure a client, a condition Alexander views as temporary.

"We're very confident of our future success, because we're already successful as individual firms, and this just allows us to perform the services on a regional, as distinguished from local, basis," he said.

Asked to comment on whether he thinks the partnership's success would break new ground for minority firms, Alexander had plenty to say.

"Our success today is not because we're the first talented or qualified black attorneys," he said.

"We're among the first to receive the benefits that come from being qualified. What we're doing today was made possible because of what others have done before us, so we build on that legacy." Alexander, who began his career with Crowe & Dunlevy and later worked at Linn & Helms, didn't have a lot to offer when asked about special obstacles faced by minority firms.

"We don't see obstacles; we only see opportunities," he said.

"There are a million excellent reasons I could give for not being able to do exactly what I'm doing right now, and none of those excellent excuses would do anything but keep me from succeeding," he said. …

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