Nicole Girard 0000-00-00 00:00:00
Breyer Law Offices, PC The Husband & Wife Law Team How many lawyers do you know who work with their spouse and have 8 kids? Since 1996, Mark and Alexis Breyer, known as The Husband and Wife Law Team, have been developing a stellar reputation for themselves throughout the state of Arizona. Since the inception of their firm, the couple has focused their practice solely on serious injury and wrongful death law. The first question typically asked of the two is, “How are you able to work with your spouse?” The two maintain that working together has always been easy since they each enjoy different aspects of personal injury law. As a young kid, Mark always wanted to be center-stage. Mark admitted, “I went to law school because I thought I would love being a trial lawyer, standing in front of a jury and fighting for my client. I love jury trials more than most people ever like their job.” Mark said he was surprised to learn that his love of trial work was not shared by most lawyers. “As I entered the legal field, I quickly saw many lawyers do not want to go to trial.” Alexis is one of those lawyers. Alexis is there to help clients at every stage of the case, but she says Mark does all the oral arguments and trial work. Besides, Mark readily admits that it is Alexis that has the most important talent in the firm. “Only a small percentage of cases ever make it to trial, but almost every case involves extensive negotiations. It is a good thing for our clients that Alexis brings an incredible ability to negotiate to our office,” Mark said. Since the couple each has different strengths, everything fell into place with the way they divided up the responsibilities from the outset of the firm. Awards and Honors Over what has now been almost two decades, “the dynamic duo of law” has elevated their small, little-known practice to a place of recognition among top-tier firms, insurance companies, and judges. Today, their firm occupies a place among the most prominent injury law firms in the state. This culminated in a slew of honors, including Mark having been named one of the top five injury lawyers in the Phoenix metropolitan area by North Valley Magazine. Mark is certified in personal injury and wrongful death law by the State Bar of Arizona. This particular honor is a rarity (less than two percent of Arizona attorneys hold this distinction) and one that is symbolic of the lengths to which Mark is willing to go in the pursuit of justice for his clients. “We’ve taken on and won cases that many other lawyers said couldn’t be won,” Mark said. Perhaps it is no surprise then that the highly coveted “AV” ranking from Martindale-Hubbell is among the celebrated personal injury lawyer’s notable accomplishments. Mark’s unique ability to perform at the highest level has also helped him to secure a “Superb 10/10” rating by Lawyer Rating Service at Avvo.com, a place on the American Trial Lawyers Association’s list of Top 100 Trial Lawyers, being named to Super Lawyers, as well as membership in Arizona’s Finest Lawyers. Client Service Always a Priority Accolades aside, Mark and Alexis remain unwaveringly committed to maintaining the closest possible relationships with their clients. To this end, they make themselves easily available to both existing and prospective clients, and they credit their high level of accessibility as perhaps the most crucial part of their success. “Most lawyers accept so many cases that they don’t give themselves the opportunity to look at cases in depth,” Alexis said. “It’s important to us that our clients are not a number. We want to give every case the attention it requires.” For that reason they only accept a small percentage of the cases they are presented with. “We keep our caseload manageable so we are always able to give our clients the best legal service possible,” Alexis said. “If something happens to our clients, we’re there for them.” When talking about the relationship with their clients, Mark joked, “There have been times during the growth of our practice that our clients have given our kids more gifts than family. It’s a special relationship we develop because we built our practice with a unique model that tries to combine excellent lawyering with even better client service.” The Breyers both give their staff credit for their stellar reputation throughout Arizona. “We have worked hard to develop a committed team of individuals who are very passionate about what we do,” said Mark. “We tell our employees, they have to be ‘A’ level employees,” Alexis said. “We strive to be the best and we have assembled a staff that is committed to the same goal.” Information and Resource Rich The Breyer Law Offices’ website (www.breyerlaw.com) doubles as a resource for anyone that is in the market for quality personal injury representation. Information on the site ranges from professional legal advice to the more personal, regarding their family life, and how it plays into the bigger picture of their practice. “We guide people through the process and help them in many cases, even if we’re not able to represent them,” Mark said. “We go against the grain on that, and have developed a reputation that way. People know if they refer someone to us, they will get help.” To this end, the couple has authored four books together on injury law, including the injury law guide, titled, “The 13 Biggest Mistakes That Can Destroy Your Arizona Injury Case.” Prominently featured on their website’s home page, the book performs as a guide, detailing the law, and revealing common mistakes to watch out for. “Since we’re not able to help everyone, we have written some books to educate the public about personal injury claims,” Mark said. “We try to provide people with all the necessary resources they need to win their case.” Included in the Breyer Law Offices’ personal injury resource arsenal is a publication which addresses motorcyclists’ rights. They also offer regular communiqués featuring advice and safety tips relevant to motorcyclists. Mark also speaks in seminars about the topic regularly. How They Met Interestingly enough, and perhaps in typical lawyerly fashion, “The Husband and Wife Law Team” cannot agree on the details surrounding the couple’s initial meeting. “We met in law school. That we agree on,” Mark says. “However, the specifics of exactly when and where we met will never be known.” The young law students were just a few weeks into their studies when they first met. Mark thinks they met in class when Alexis interrupted him while he was telling a story to other classmates. Alexis explains that they actually met in the law library. It wasn’t long before the Syracuse Law students started dating casually and Mark, an ambitious young student with some perceived wild oats to sow, began to get nervous. “At first Mark told me he didn’t want a girlfriend and repeatedly emphasized that I would never be his girlfriend,” Alexis recalls with a bit of laughter. Perhaps the thought of finding his soul mate so early on in his legal journey was a bit overwhelming to him. “I had a career purpose in mind, which was to get out of law school, be single and have my own career,” Mark said, reminiscing on his early naïveté. “I thought it would be so fun. The last thing I wanted to do was settle down.” After some time, Mark came to his senses, and the happy couple married just two weeks following graduation. Alexis joked, “Don’t think Mark didn’t have cold feet. He did.” In the end though, Alexis’ negotiation skills won out and the two were married two weeks after law school graduation. Today, their considerable brood includes eight children, ranging in ages from one to fifteen years old. The second question that the couple is most frequently asked is, “Did you plan a big family?” They both agree that a big family was not really discussed. Although at their rehearsal dinner, Mark remembers joking to everyone that the couple would have a baseball team of kids. When posed with the question of how they have managed to simultaneously grow one of the best firms in the personal injury legal arena along with a young and sizeable family; the Breyers seem to take it all in stride. “They’re all really good kids, and they work well together,” Alexis says. “We have a lot of good systems in place.…” Mark agrees and maintains that there was no “master plan” when they began the practice and started having children. Alexis added, “We are very lucky that in owning our own law firm I can make time to volunteer at school and Mark can coach the kids in sports. Although we have this flexibility in our schedule, the children know that we are accessible at any time to our clients. For this reason, the children often see us texting or emailing clients or talking to them at night or over the weekend. As parents, we feel we have the best of both worlds. We get to be there for our kids but also are available at all times for our clients.” While many of us could never work with our spouse or imagine having 8 kids, these two have done both with wild success. So the last question you all may want to know, “Are there more kids on the horizon?” The two never answered the question, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
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