Professor Norman Aitken
October 19, 2010
The Business Firm I Know: Law Office of Martha Croog, LLC
The business firm that I know is the Law Office of Martha Croog, LLC. It is a law
firm run by my mother, Martha Croog. The firm is located in Hartford, CT, and the firm
has been in practice for about twelve years, though the firm has changed locations
numerous times. The firm currently employs two legal assistants, whose duties include
filing, faxing, managing incoming and outgoing mail, as well as other menial tasks. The
firm also employs two paralegals. The paralegals have more complicated duties, which
may include editing briefs, serving as a liaison between clients and attorneys, completing
file prep to ensure that a case is ready for court, and other such duties. Finally, the office
employs seven attorneys. The attorneys must have attended undergraduate school as well
as law school, and must be members of the Connecticut Bar (entry is determined by
taking the Bar exam). My mother, the director the firm, gets several applicants each
week, thus competition into the firm is very high. Not every attorney has the same duties.
Some lawyers may specialize in Municipal Liens, others in HOA, others in the
foreclosures department or Mediation department.
It is crucial that each employee has a
specific title and duties to ensure that work is completed efficiently.
One may ask, what services does the firm offer?
The firm provides several legal
services. They provide mortgage foreclosures and bankruptcy related commercial
litigation at the state and federal level, and summary process (REO) matters. The firm
ensures that client mortgage interests are not jeopardized due to municipal lien or
condominium foreclosures. Having witnessed the firm in action for virtually my entire