Peter Aprile is Counter Tax Lawyers’ (“Counter”) founder and senior tax litigation lawyer. Natalie Worsfold is a tax lawyer that represents SMBs in disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”).
We joined forces to defeat improper CRA reassessments and build a better law firm. We wanted to create a law firm that we would believe in. We are odd, creative, hardworking, and obsessive people, so we worked as tax lawyers during the day and night, and then worked as law firm and software architects later in the night. At all times, we ate pizza, candy, and Peter drank too much Coke Zero.
As late-late-night law firm architects, we started to imagine and develop new law firm and tax litigation methodologies, processes, software and other tools. We stripped everything away and started to build the law firm that we’d want if we were in our clients’ shoes. We argued, laughed, slammed fingers on keyboards, cursed, and questioned whether it was worth the effort and resources. We started from the bottom and now we’re here (and still listening to this). It was hard and, at times, it was lonely.
Counter’s architecture is now complete. That said, we continue to tweak, add, imagine, and build new solutions and software. We joke that Counter is in perpetual beta. We know that we will never stop figuring out better ways to serve our clients, work smarter, and build stronger tax litigation cases. It’s who we are.
We know that other people in the legal industry are building wonderful things. We tend to like odd, creative, hardworking, and obsessive people that are building interesting things and pushing to do better. We started Building NewLaw to give us an excuse to call these people. We hope that the Building NewLaw Podcast is much more. We hope that Building NewLaw will create a platform that allows us all to share, learn, and gain inspiration. We believe that, together, we are smarter, better, faster, and stronger. We believe that, together, we can create the new legal industry standard.