The right people, the right things: Pickrel, Shaeffer and Ebeling.
By Jennifer Patterson Lorenzetti
Located in the Kettering Tower, Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling is a tightly-knit practice of 25 lawyers and 47 total staff members focused on estate planning, trust and probate law; business, tax and real estate law; workers’ compensation and employment law; litigation; and immigration law. Storar says the firm’s growth is strategic, tailored to the needs of its clients in the Dayton area. “We plan ahead to what we think the needs will be then bring people into an area they will be interested in,” he says. “We have the right people in the right place doing the right things.”
The firm has been involved with many of the projects that have been at the forefront of the growth of the Dayton area. Examples include laying the legal groundwork for The Greene shopping center, handling the move of the Montgomery County Fairgrounds and working with the development of living areas in the downtown area. However, Storar is quick to emphasize that the firm is prepared to help its clients with legal problems (and problem prevention) on any scale, ranging from a traffic ticket to a major business deal. The firm also takes a proactive approach to alerting its clients about changes in the law that might affect them, helping to head off problems that could arise if preventative steps are not taken.
The firm’s size lends itself to a collaborative approach to the practice of law, with all of the different practice areas working to provide the exact services a client needs. “We play as a team here; it isn’t just keeping (the client) in your practice group,” Storar says. Instead, each attorney focuses on one area of law and develops a deep expertise in that area, secure that he or she can call upon peers in other practice areas to help out when needed. “We can provide the same services (as a larger firm) in a more cost effective way,” Storar says.
After more than three decades with the firm Storar has not lost his enthusiasm for Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling and his passion is infectious on hearing him speak of his experiences. “I’ve been here 36 years and I love the place,” he says. “When you get up in the morning you’re looking forward to getting to work.”
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