Ten years ago, Daniel Dalton and Zana Tomich set out to create a law firm based on the principals of mutual respect, trust and the goal of guiding our clients through difficult legal issues with exceptional legal services that result in effective and practical solutions to complex legal problems. We established the following core values:
- We will act with integrity and provide honest, timely, and ethical legal advice.
- We will listen to our clients, keep them informed of our actions on their behalf, and tell them what they need to know, even when it is not what they want to hear.
- We will be charitable with our time, resources, and profits and commit to volunteer activities and nonprofit boards.
- We will share ideas, information, and best practices, and accept centralized decision making by implementing decisions made in the best interests of the firm and our clients.
- We will treat each other with respect and place no unreasonable demands on one another.
While so much of the world has changed over the past ten years, the one constant for us is staying true to our principles. As a result, we established a tremendous law firm representing clients around the United States. From Fortune 50 companies to small religious institutions, we have treated all of our clients the same. And as a result, we have learned and grown with our clients.
On this tenth anniversary, we asked our team what they have learned over the past decade and thought you might enjoy hearing from them to give you some additional insights into the firm.
- Over the years I have learned that when you build a relationship with your client, one of trust and mutual respect, the outcome always seems sweeter, even when it is not exactly what the client wanted. Working and collaborating with clients over the last 10 years has become a great source of joy. Zana
- It really helps to like the people you work with! It makes the days your “job” seems difficult and complicated that much easier when your colleagues are people you enjoy being around. Having people that you truly enjoy being around support and cheer each other on is what makes this firm great to be a part of. Dan
- I’ve also learned the importance of working with people who love what they do. People who enjoy their work are more productive, easier to work with, and care about the details that mean so much to our clients. Noel
- Since I have been working at Dalton + Tomich, I have learned the importance of communication, especially during the uncertain times we are currently experiencing. The open communication between the partners and employees has helped to build a culture that is built on mutual respect and support. Emily
- Since starting at the firm in law school over seven (!!!!) years ago, I’ve learned to value and appreciate the impact of our work on our clients. When we take on a land use case, we are often protecting someone’s dreams or livelihood. Clients also place their ministries in our hands. What an awesome responsibility to be entrusted with God’s work through these clients. While I was trained to do my work well and take it seriously, the past few years have shown me just how much impact our work truly has. Larry
- I’ve learned the importance of communication. Working with a team that communicates well with each other and clients makes everything easier. Chris
- Always keep the client updated. It is not only our ethical duty to do so as attorneys, but it is something everyone expects and appreciates. Alex
- Never forget that behind every legal problem there is a real, personal story. Adel
- Know when to ask for help, but appreciate the process of self-discovery and look for new ways to make your point or argument. Nicole
- The law firm of Dalton + Tomich has built its reputation by serving clients with integrity, expertise, and respect. Joe
Thank you for being a part of our story at Dalton + Tomich, PLC. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with you, and attend to your most difficult and challenging legal needs. And we hope that you will continue to allow us to serve you in our next decade and beyond.
To commemorate our milestone anniversary, we are pleased to announce a $10,000 donation to the food bank at Trinity Church, a local church that is doing critical and meaningful outreach of providing monthly groceries to hundreds of needy families in Wayne and Washtenaw County.
Thank you again for the privilege to serve.
Daniel Dalton & Zana Tomich,