In other firms, clients are seen in terms of billable hours, not in terms of people with problems that need help. Williams Hart is different in that the people here actually care about the client. You see it in the little things, such as how our staff interacts with people. The culture here is that the client is part of our extended family.
Firm partner Armi Easterby is a highly experienced trial attorney. He carries himself with a spirit of assertiveness and sensibility. He bears a sharp awareness of the needs of both his clients and staff. In fact, his presence at Williams Hart embodies all the right attributes of an astute legal professional.
Armi’s legal journey began after graduating from the University of Texas in Austin in 1992. Next, finding his passion for serving those in need, he entered the University of Houston Law Center. Here he graduated cum laude in 1996 and was Associate Editor for the Houston Law Review. He joined Williams Hart in 2005 and started the commercial trial section in 2008.
Williams Hart’s commercial trial section focuses on environmental cases, intellectual property disputes, and various other commercial litigation matters. In fact, most of these cases are centered around situations where a large company has taken advantage of a small family business. “Hence, the David and Goliath theme is almost always present in my cases,” Armi says. “I know people like to make lawyer jokes and criticize our court system. But time and time again, I’ve seen the civil justice system as the only recourse my clients have. It is gratifying to see a small company take on a Fortune 500 company in front of a jury.”
Throughout his career, Armi has seen and heard many things, but the one thing he does not do is dwell on the bad. “It isn’t easy to take a case from the initial client meeting to trial. There will be setbacks and challenges. Nevertheless, our job is to keep the case moving to get it in front of a jury. To do that, you have to genuinely believe and care about your client’s case; it can’t just be about making money. One thing I’ve learned over the last 18 years is you have to stay positive and believe in what you are doing.”
Armi shares a passion for justice with Williams Hart, who, for over 30 years, has pursued justice and a fair shake for all its clients. In other firms, clients are seen in terms of billable hours, not in terms of people with problems that need help. In contrast, Williams Hart is different in that the people here actually care about the client. “For instance, you see it in the little things, such as how our staff interacts with people. In short, the culture here is that the client is part of our extended family.”
Like his fellow firm partners, Armi is a proponent of providing representation and resources for community members. While he routinely holds public town halls with his mass tort clients, he also is active in mentoring younger attorneys. He believes that mentoring is a critical part of the legal profession. “I was lucky to have a great first boss when I got out of law school. He instilled in me a belief that lawyers have a responsibility to uphold the public’s trust. And above all, being honest and doing what you say you’ll do. For this purpose, I’ve tried to instill that same philosophy with the young lawyers I’ve had the privilege of mentoring over the years.”