We had the good fortune of connecting with Robert Reder and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Robert, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
One of the most important things my mentor taught we was to be myself, authentic. Unfortunately that meant I was not well suited to work for a large law firm. After preparations, my paralegal and I formed Blythe Grace, a boutique law firm in Phoenix, Arizona. Of course it hasn’t always been easy – there have been challenging times. But it was the best decision I ever made. A word of warning. Being an entrepreneur is not for everyone. It takes a certain type of personality because you must live and breath your business. Before taking the plunge talk to other entrepreneurs in your industry and understand the commitment required.
What should our readers know about your business?
Blythe Grace is a boutique law firm in Phoenix focusing on civil litigation, employment law, business formations and transactions, real estate, HOA matters, bankruptcy, cannabis law, and criminal defense. We distinguish ourselves from other law firms by using our connections throughout Arizona and in other states to grow our clients’ businesses. In that regard, we are highly cognizant of the fact that lawyers are expensive. So we try and provide our clients with the same or superior work as other Arizona firms but at a fraction of the cost. For example, a member of my extended family was sued. Feeling uncomfortable working with family, she elected to hire another Arizona law firm. That law firm charged over $15,000 to defend against a preliminary restraining order filed by the plaintiff. My family member won. Normally that is a reasonable fee for such work, but I was distressed to tell her that our firm could have done the same work for $50 and a phone call. That is why Blythe Grace is different.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
The Desert Botanical Gardens. I am very involved in that organization, so I’m biased. But it really is a wonderful place. Obviously a hike on Camelback Mountain – Cholla for beginners and Echo Canyon for a harder hike. A spin class that The Madison Improvement Club in Arcadia. And of course dinner at one of the great local restaurants we have such as Binkleys or Monarch Cafe. Both are an absolute experience.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Alexandra Mijares Nash. The first partner I had at Blythe Grace. She is one of the best trial lawyers I’ve seen. I could not practice law without her. Ali is not only am excellent lawyer, but she is a wonderful person. A class act.