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Denis Stearns, Attorney and Law Professor

Denis Stearns, Attorney and Law Professor

What is Artisanal Law?

There are many published definitions of the term “artisan,” from which the term "artisanal" derives. For example, an artisan is defined as “a worker in a skilled trade, especially one that involves making things by hand,” or someone who “produces something (as cheese or wine) in limited quantities often using traditional methods.” When speaking of artisanal food, which is to say food made by an artisan, we speak of food “made in a traditional or non-mechanized way using high-quality ingredients.” Well, that is how I view the effective practice of law too: as a craft that takes years to have mastered, where the work to be achieved on behalf of each client is handcrafted with care, based on many, many years of experience. Thus, when I speak of myself as a legal artisan, and of my practice as an "artisanal law firm," I am saying that for every client I will produce the best possible legal solutions with the utmost of care, creating precisely what is needed for you, based on over 25 years of doing this work. Let me craft a solution for you.


Ways That I Can Help You.

Despite what some attorneys might be tempted to tell you, not all attorneys can do all things, at least not well. That means, the most important decision that you make is choosing an attorney that is right for you, someone who can help you find the solutions that you need. So click on this link to find out more about the ways I can maybe help you.

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Learn More About Me.

Different attorneys have different education, training, and experience. I have been an attorney for over 25 years, but that does not mean that I can do it all. If you think you need an attorney, then click on this link find out more about me and to help you decide if you think I can help you find the solutions you are looking for.  

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Arguments, Musings, and More.

If I had a dollar for every word I have written in an article, blog post, book chapter, or other writing, I might not be super-rich, but I could keep my dogs in dog-treats for a very, very long time.  (And they like expensive dog-treats!) So click on this link if you want to read some of the things I have had to say recently (or not so recently). Feel free to disagree!

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Why Port Townsend?

I was based in Seattle for over 20 years, with a law practice that had me traveling all over the United States. Now I live full-time in beautiful Port Townsend, where I also practice law. So, why is that?


Method is much, technique is much, but inspiration is even more.

— Benjamin Cardozo, "The Game of the Law" In Law and Literature and Other Essays and Addresses, p. 163 (1931).

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Real Solutions = Happy Clients

Being a good lawyer means understanding that it is about the client, not about the lawyer. I do not practice law to make myself feel good; I practice law to help you get back to doing what you need and want to do. I want you to be a happy client. Click here to find out more about client I have made happy.