Our Philosophy

Our firm is dedicated to listening to our clients, being fully present to them, and advocating our client’s positions in the simplest and most persuasive way possible. We resolve disputes reasonably, ethically, and cost-effectively so that our clients can obtain the fair result they desire.


At Burdette & Rice we are committed to “the art of listening.” Perhaps no other skill is more responsible for resolving disputes than listening. We strive to create a hospitable place where our clients feel comfortable to share their concerns with us and feel that they have been heard. Our clients’ concerns are important to us. From the beginning of every case, we seek to understand their legal and personal goals. Through understanding our clients and the relationships involved in the case, we can design compelling strategies to maximize the opportunity for a cost effective resolution–whether by agreement or court intervention.


Every case involves a unique story. Whatever the facts of your case, we strive to use the most persuasive storytelling techniques to paint the most favorable picture to the judge, the jury, or the other side. We find the most effective arguments are the ones that are simple, clear, and direct. We know that no two cases or clients are the same and therefore no one litigation style is appropriate for every dispute. We tailor our strategy to reflect our clients’ desires while informing them of those techniques proven to succeed most often.


Numerous roadblocks can stand in the way of resolving your estate, trust, or guardianship dispute. We use the litigation process to obtain the information required to reach a fair resolution. Some personalities are open to compromising, while others resist coming to the bargaining table unless significant leverage is created. In negotiating disputes, we separate the people from the problem, focus on the interests rather than on the positions, and evaluate a variety of options before ending the conflict. We enjoy helping our clients make decisions that are in their best interest, and spotting and rejecting weak solutions.