The Law Firm of Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. offers a list of professional law services. However, the list of missions, ministries and organizations they serve through their attorney’s and law office is even longer.
“We all kind of do our own thing around here when it comes to missions and service,” Paul Cannon, Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. shareholder and trial attorney said. “Any type of missions or service work is encouraged here. It is an opportunity for us to get out, get involved and grow. It benefits the community, as much as, it benefits each of us.”
Some of the organizations and ministries Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. employees and attorneys serve in include KAIROS Prison Ministries, MS 150 Houston, Habitat for Humanity, In the Word Ministries, plus many more. During Hurricane Harvey, Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. was also a part of serving the first responders stationed in the parking lot of the firm’s office building.
“There was over 900 people stationed in our parking lot,” Cannon said. “We knew we had to do something. At first, we went out and bought 300 donuts and 300 kolaches, and a bunch of water and coffee. We set up a table and started handing out breakfast.”
All week the firm’s staff continued to serve the first responders. Their efforts grew to meet whatever the first responders needed, including daily driving in a truck bed full of bagged ice, and coordinating meal donations.
“It gave us the chance to minister to them and be the face of Houston that says thanks,” Cannon said. “Many of the first responders worked on other floods and natural disasters all over the country. They said Houston has without a doubt been the most hospitable place they have come to help. So, it was neat to be part of that.”
Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. does a lot for the community through various organizations and ministries, but they also have their own ways of giving back to the community. One way is through their three annual scholarships. Each year, Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. awards an excellence in ethics scholarship, a Christian studies scholarship, and a marketing scholarship.
“We give a first prize of a $1,000 and a $500 prize for second place for each scholarship,” Cannon said. “It is just a way for us to give back a little bit, and help some college students out.”
The 2019 scholarship competition is now open for submission. Each scholarship has a different application and requirements. More information about each can be found on their website – simmonsandfletcher.com. The deadline for submission is July 1, 2019.
While Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. does much for the community, perhaps the most powerful work they do is within the firm. Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. cares about their employees, their families and their lives much more than profits and bottom lines.
“I have seen our founding shareholders go out of their way to take care of employees when they are in need,” Cannon said, “and when you have founders who are leading like that, it influences the people below them to act the same way.”
An office bible study and partner prayer meetings aren’t typical activities of most law firms, but it is at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. Filling their employees’ days with 12-hour work days is also not the norm at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. They actively seek ways to make their employees’ jobs more efficient and prioritize their time so they can spend more of it outside of the office with their families.
“There are a lot of things that go on here that you don’t find at a normal law firm,” Cannon said. “It really develops a culture of caring that you don’t see elsewhere. It isn’t just a profit-oriented machine like a lot of other companies.”
Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. tries to use their sphere of influence to model God’s love and share His message of love with others. One way they do so, is through their new and potential client mailout program. When a prospective client contacts Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. about services, they receive a thank you, but also a devotional and message about the firm’s Christian beliefs in the mail.
“We provide them with a bible study devotional book and provide them an opportunity to get on a mailing list if they want to continue to receive it,” Cannon said. “It is our way of doing outreach. When you consider we take 500-700 new client calls a month that is a lot of mailouts. But it is our way of doing outreach, to use our position to introduce people to the Lord.”
Christian Trial Lawyers is truly not just the slogan for Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. It is an attitude that is practiced every day in the personal injury law firm modeled by the founding shareholders Robert S. Simmons and Keith M. Fletcher.
“It is a message Robert Simmons and Keith Fletcher decided from the start to send to people that this is what we believe in and this is how we strive to represent our clients,” Cannon said. “We strive to achieve a level of service as if we were rendering service to our Lord. We want to represent people with that level of ethics, honesty and care. As humans we cannot always achieve it, but that is the goal.”
For more information about Simmons and Fletcher, P.C, visit simmonsandfletcher.com or call 713-932-0777.
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