No there are no pictures of handshakes, courthouse steps, legal treatises or the worst of all the scales of justice. I think the rest of what I do is just as unusual in the world of lawyers.
I can produce reams of paper with latin phrases and legal jargon like any qualified or unqualified lawyer out there. My role is to make sure you understand and know what is in the documents and that your interests are protected not only in the moment but also for the outcome you want for your business.
As an entrepreneur this may be your first or one of a handful of times you are starting, buying, operating or selling a business. Don't use a lawyer that has the same limited experience. This is all I have done for over 20 years and what I do every day. It also happens to be what I love doing because I am a huge nerd and have no other real marketable skills.
Every lawyer says they partner with their clients, or are dedicated to their clients. The vast majority are, but my engagements are set up to align my interests with my clients from unique billing arrangements that don't make you pay more or less based on how many words I read per minute but are aligned to results.