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Our Culture of Customer Service

Our Culture of Customer Service

Family Lawyers need to be in the customer service business. At Sterling Law Offices we are committed to serving the best interests of our clients over the needs of the firm. Learn from President Tony Karls how we are able to align our goals with the client's goals by focusing on fostering a culture of service.

Meet Attorney Hannah Smet

Meet Attorney Hannah Smet

Divorce Attorney Hannah Smet calls the Fox Valley Home. Hannah sees her role as a family lawyer as bringing a voice of reason to a difficult time for her clients. She helps her clients look beyond the emotion and see what is at stake, so they can see a better future. Get to know Divorce Attorney Hannah Smet of Sterling Law Offices

Meet Attorney Shannon Alberts

Meet Attorney Shannon Alberts

Attorney Shannon Alberts of Sterling Lawyers describes herself as someone who is resilient and able to handle adversity. She brings her life experience to her role in family law. Shannon sees her role in family law as a guide to help people through one of the most difficult times in their life. Attorney Shannon Alberts represents the “diverse” and yet close knit community of Fox Valley.

Meet Attorney Tiffany Biedermann

Meet Attorney Tiffany Biedermann

Attorney Tiffany Biedermann of Sterling Law Offices sees her role in family law as a guide. She helps her clients through this difficult time in their life. She wants to help them achieve their goals and see a future that is bright and happy. Tiffany sees the community of Fox Valley as one that comes together in times of hardship and she loves representing them when they need her legal expertise.

Creating a Client-Centered Family Law Firm

Creating a Client-Centered Family Law Firm

The vision to create a client-centered family law firm came from Jeff Hughes and Anthony Karls desire to create a business that innovated a business model few thought could be innovated. This innovation also allowed them to make a difference in the community. This is that story.

Meet Attorney Ellen Rhodeman

Meet Attorney Ellen Rhodeman

Attorney Ellen Rhodeman of Sterling Law Offices believes it is important for a family law attorney to be mild mannered, level headed, and calm. She believes that just as stress is infectious, so is being calm and it is important that she brings this emotional balance to the emotional charged lives of her clients as they navigate divorce. She wants to help her clients get through this transition, not just legally, but emotionally, as well.

Importance of Servant Leadership in Family Law

Importance of Servant Leadership in Family Law

Servant Leadership in family law can lead to attorneys and support staff being better positioned and motivated to serve the needs of their clients. In this article and video, Anthony Karls, president of Sterling Law Offices describes how the concepts of “Truth and Love” create our version of servant leadership and why it is important that we influence people to become servant leaders. Without servant leadership, we don’t become a client-centered law firm.

Strong Families Build A Strong Society

Strong Families Build A Strong Society

We believe that the cornerstone of a strong community is a healthy and strong family structure. This is why at Sterling Law Offices we produce stories that help promote strong belief systems, good communication, and healthy relationships. Learn more about what we stand for and why we believe as we do.

Meet Attorney Erin Boyd

Meet Attorney Erin Boyd

Attorney Erin Boyd of Sterling Law Offices is hard working and truly cares about helping her clients. It’s not just the legal issues that we have to focus on. It’s also about helping clients get through the process and see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Meet Attorney Austin Miller

Meet Attorney Austin Miller

Sterling’s Attorney Austin Miller views his role in family law as one that is about helping families through crisis. “I want my clients to know that they have been heard,” Austin says describing how he wants clients to remember having worked with him. “That their goals have been heard and that they have been fought for.” Get to know Sterling Law Offices’ Attorney Austin Miller in his own words.

Meet Attorney Latrice Knighton

Meet Attorney Latrice Knighton

Family Law Attorney Latrice Knighton is a fierce advocate for her clients. She describes herself as a strong willed and determined woman that will find ways to work around the obstacles that are put in front of her. Latrice has a lot of different experience fighting for people that she brings to her role as a family law attorney.

Leadership, Success and Core Values

Leadership, Success and Core Values

Hear from the leaders at Sterling Lawyers on what makes a great leader, what success looks like for the firm, and what are the values that we embrace at the firm. A team that works together is the cornerstone of everything we do at Sterling. To accomplish this we must all strive toward the same goals and have the same values.

State Of The Firm Speech: CEO Jeff Hughes

State Of The Firm Speech: CEO Jeff Hughes

In spring 2020, CEO Jeff Hughes addressed the firm at a company day of training and awards. He told the emotional story of where Sterling Lawyers began and how we were able to get to the point of a healthy and transparent law firm.

Meet Sterling Lawyers President, Tony Karls

Meet Sterling Lawyers President, Tony Karls

Tony Karls Co-founded Sterling Lawyers with Jeff Hughes with the goal of establishing a client-centered firm that aligned the firm's goals with that of the clients. In this video, get to know the Tony Karls we all work with in his own words.

The Power Of Shared Experiences

The Power Of Shared Experiences

A team develops relationships by having shared experiences. At Sterling Lawyers, we believe we are called to serve the legal needs of families navigating divorce, paternity and post judgment challenges. Sterling Lawyers builds a client-centered law firm by fielding a team of staff members and attorneys that pull for each other.

Meet Sterling Lawyers CEO, Attorney Jeff Hughes

Meet Sterling Lawyers CEO, Attorney Jeff Hughes

Sterling Lawyers co-founder and Attorney Jeff Hughes makes it his mission to change how Family Law impacts the community and its families. Jeff's core belief is simple: “When people in my community find themselves in a family legal crisis, we desperately want to serve them.”

Life During Quarantine As We Experienced It

Life During Quarantine As We Experienced It

We all have been going through this coronavirus Safer At Home lockdown together. In this fun video, Anthony Karls gets on Zoom and chats with some of our attorneys and staff to learn how they have been surviving the quarantine while working from home and staying safe.

Meet CSS Training MGR Mary Sankey

Meet CSS Training MGR Mary Sankey

Mary joined Sterling Lawyers in March of 2018. Under Mary's mentoring, the Client Solutions Team learns to validate prospective and current clients through empathetic listening.

Meet CSS MGR Kelley Shaw

Meet CSS MGR Kelley Shaw

Client Solutions Team manager Kelley Shaw has been with Sterling Lawyers since 2015. “Every interaction with every client and every potential client, is an opportunity for us to build relationships across our community,” Kelley says, in this interview.

The Power of Validating Others

The Power of Validating Others

We all seek validation and likely have a basic understanding of the benefit of validating others. However, this simple skill is often the hardest interpersonal skill to understand and master.

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