Lynette Carrington 2013-02-01 02:40:27
Established Office Rebranding with Partnership When divorce becomes unavoidable or issues with child custody arise, Korbin Steiner & Marquis stand with their clients to give them the legal advice and tools to deliver the best possible outcome for their cases. They couple their legal expertise in divorce, child custody, legal separation, mediation, relocation, spousal support and related modifications with the emotional guidance designed to prepare their clients for the next phase in their lives. Originally admitted to the bar in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Founder Ronee Korbin Steiner relocated to Arizona in 1994 after completing a clerkship in Philadelphia. She came to Arizona and wanted to sink her teeth into some strong litigation cases at that point. She took a job with Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office. During her time working there, she tried mostly felony jury trials over the course of several years, gaining valuable experience on challenging cases, providing her with exceptional trial experience. After working on some very involved cases for the county, a good friend of hers told her of a solid opportunity working in Carefree, as the working presence of lawyers in that community during that time was minimal. “He kept begging me to join him and trying to convince me that we could really create a great boutique practice up there,” stated Ronee Korbin Steiner. The time was right for a move and they joined together in practice. After a year, her partner made the decision to return to medical school and she transitioned again, this time into her own practice. “Family law just was the natural transition for me, because I loved litigation,” she stated. New Legal Assets Recently, Ronee regained a colleague who had previously been with the firm and left for a short time. Former colleague, Rebecca Marquis missed the environment and camaraderie and returned to Korbin Steiner’s practice as a partner. Now, it’s full steam ahead. “We’re here to stay. We work tremendously well together. We’re very similar in the way we practice; in our ethics, in our approach, in our integrity. We’re happy to be joining forces in that,” said Korbin Steiner. Working as partners that share the same legal vision and goals, the duo offers the highest levels of client service during the most difficult time in someone’s personal life. Rebecca Marquis had previously worked in the attorney general’s office in the support enforcement division. She comes from a very specific place that gives her an insider’s view on a wide array of issues as they relate to family law. It was simply a natural progression. She’s the “superwoman” type as Korbin Steiner noted and she loves having Marquis back at the firm. With Rebecca Marquis back at the firm for over a year, both she and Ronee Korbin Steiner are proud to announce their partnership and a new name: Korbin Steiner and Marquis. It was the right time to rebrand to reflect the strength of the firm. The decision to embark on a partnership had previously been discussed. “When I first interviewed with Ronee in 2008, that was one of the first things we talked about,” said Rebecca Marquis, “… She sort of put it all out on the table the first time I ever met her that I could be an integral part of her firm.” The duo bonded the first time they met and had so much in common. After gaining some family law experience with the attorney general’s office, Marquis was happy to expand on her knowledge by moving over to work with Korbin Steiner. Marquis has also drawn on Korbin Steiner’s experience. “…She’s always available, always has been. She invested a considerable amount of time in me from day one. I’m so appreciative for that,” stated Marquis. Together, Korbin Steiner and Marquis are on the same page and work exceptionally well as a team. But by the same token, when their approach to a case might differ, they can figure out together how best to proceed and serve their client. Simply put, they take pride in every case and on every bit of work coming from the firm. Rebecca Marquis is currently expecting her fifth child and continues to push forward with her legal career. “She’s cut from the same cloth. We both have a lot of similarities. We’re both the youngest in our families, we have good, strong relationships and kids….we’re tackling those issues. We feel really strongly about our profession. We feel very strongly about being high quality lawyers. It’s just not an option to us to do a so-so job. It’s not in our nature,” stated Korbin Steiner. “She’s like me,” she balances a lot. Additionally, there is another attorney that has just passed the bar and has joined the attorney team, although she has been with the firm since the fall. Both Korbin Steiner and Marquis intend to continue mentoring Natalie Crosby so that she can begin her legal career in a place where she’s valued and will have tremendous opportunity to learn and grow. Korbin Steiner also noted, “Our most recently hired paralegal is part-time but is a third year law student at ASU. We hope that she joins our ranks too, at some point, and her experience here will only position her to hit the door running when she becomes licensed.” The firm has enjoyed tremendous growth since Ronee was a solo practitioner and with the help of a team approach of a legal assistant and the two paralegals, their caseload continues to grow each year, by word-of-mouth, internet exposure and professional referrals. Family Law-Always a Uniquely Personal Experience Ronee Korbin Steiner had some personal experiences surrounding divorce, an ex-spouse and step-children, which gave her insight into the situations that her family law clients deal with everyday. “I actually share (not in too much detail) that perspective with people….I lived it. We actually had a fairly difficult issue arise regarding relocation and we had to do everything everybody else has to; we had to hire a lawyer, do a custody evaluation, witnesses, a hearing,” Korbin Steiner explained. Her experiences helped her understand the emotions her clients go through in divorce and custody proceedings. In working with such a delicate area such as family law, both Korbin Steiner and Marquis strive to show clients the bigger picture and keep them focused on issues without getting overly emotional. “There will be an end. It may get bumpier before it gets easier, but there is an end and there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. They need to be reminded of that,” Korbin Steiner explained. She also strives to help her clients stay calm and collected. Sometimes the outburst of emotion can serve to undermine certain facts in the case, so keeping one’s composure is an asset. She understands her responsibilities as legal counsel, but also accepts that ‘higher calling.’ “How do I help these people transition from one kind of family into another family unit? Because when you remind yourself of that, this isn’t about the end of this relationship, it’s about ‘how do we figure out the new relationship we’re going to have relative to our children’,” said Korbin Steiner. Clients at Korbin Steiner & Marquis get the best value for their legal dollar in terms of experience, service, attention and outside-of- the-box thinking. “We are not nickel and diming people. You may get charged for your consult, but at the end of the day, you’re going to be amazed at what you learn. When you compare your bill to your spouse’s bill at the end of a case, you’re not going to understand how his or hers is so much more. The best compliment is when the other side, after the case is over, is referring people to you and we get that frequently,” Korbin Steiner explained. Building on a Solid Foundation Pro Bono Cases for Those Who Need a Voice Korbin Steiner & Marquis take on a fair share of pro bono cases. “Most of our pro bono work is related to domestic violence. Ronee and Rebecca like to help those who are not in a position to help themselves and some of the cases come from a pilot project from the Sandra Day O’Connor Center. Ronee doesn’t shy away from high profile cases either, as evidenced by one pro bono case that she recently accepted where a father had fled to Mexico with his two-year-old daughter. The firm wants to be a voice for those who need the help. “They really are appreciative….the littlest thing you can do for them, just explaining something, even if you’re not representing for them, answering a quick call, it just means the world to them. When they’re living in a shelter and they barely have access to a computer, it’s really something meaningful,” said Korbin Steiner. “The Singing Lawyer” Rounding out the personal talent roster of Ronee Korbin Steiner is her musical prowess. Many in the valley know Korbin Steiner as ‘The Singing Lawyer’ for her love of jazz and R&B singing. The attorney received formal classical training and gets the chance to showcase her vocal skills all over the valley. In fact, the moniker of ‘The Singing Lawyer’ took hold in her initial appearance singing the National Anthem for the Diamondbacks. They introduced her with that title and it fit. She has since graced the Arizona Diamondbacks crowd with her rendition of the National Anthem a total of six times. She also lends her vocal skills to productions at theaters such as Desert Foothills Theater, Theater Works, Stagebrush Theater and Fountain Hills Community Theater. “It’s who I am,” noted Korbin Steiner. “It’s a pretty challenging environment,” she said of all her endeavors, “I wouldn’t change anything for the world. I love my family, I love my kids, I love my practice, but singing is something that is engrained in me. My twelve year old got the bug way earlier and now we are fostering that in her.” Between her legal career, family, singing and fitness endeavors (she’s an avid runner), the attorney juggles quite a lot. Ronee’s legal expertise has been called upon by radio and news stations. She is also an adjunct professor at The Phoenix School of Law teaching Family Law in their global studies program for third year law students. Finding balance in their busy lives can be a challenge. “I think that like anything else, you have priorities you set. How? …I don’t know. I figure it out. We figure out a way to make it happen,” said Korbin Steiner, “It’s like anything else, if there’s something that you want to do that badly, you figure out a way to make it happen. She also gives kudos to her husband, who is there to lend his support and help out with the demands of family, in addition to being there when the two opened her office in Scottsdale. “Tracy has 17 years of experience in medical administration, and was a former police officer and firefighter/paramedic. He brings a great skillset to the practice as we continue to grow, and he has become an amazing paralegal.” said Korbin Steiner. Rebecca Marquis also sees that they will grow into their new partnership, but keep the focus on offering valuable services to their clients, instead of adding new personnel at the firm. “I don’t think either of us really knows how large we want this firm to be. I think we both know that the idea of ever working in a large firm environment was not for either of us,” stated Marquis. Regardless if it’s singing or representing their clients in court, Ronee Korbin Steiner and Rebecca Marquis do it with a passion that comes from the heart. With a very busy and expanding practice and the addition of new very capable team members, Korbin Steiner & Marquis is poised to deliver their expertise in family law for many years to come.
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