Theodore I. Yi, Partner

Caring and Responsive

Despite his 30 years of legal practice, Ted believes that there is always more to learn, and he considers it his job to gather and understand as much as possible about each client and the industry in which it operates, in order to fully represent them all. Beyond that standard, there are several values that characterize his career:

Responsive: With a chuckle, Ted summarizes this commitment in three words — “answer the phone!” — but the imperative extends to all of his communications. He realizes that all the expertise in the world can’t help his clients if it isn’t available to them when they need it. Furthermore, in the forging of the complex kinds of agreements upon which Ted works, communication is a premium commodity, but he ensures there is never a lack of it.

Prepared: As an assistant scout master with the Boy Scouts of America, Ted has lived by the principle of “be prepared” for most of his life. As an attorney, his dedication to preparation is essential not only to providing excellent client advice but to conducting important negotiations with multiple parties.

Respectful: There are typically many stakeholders who must come together in the making of a complex real estate transaction. Ted is careful to respect the views and positions of everyone around the table, including those who may be opposing attorneys and their clients. The best win is the one in which everyone leaves the room happy, but in the absence of that ideal, everyone must feel at least that their voices have been heard and respected.

Collaborative: Ted doesn’t define winning as, “everyone else loses.” Simply as a matter of achieving his clients’ objectives, Ted believes he must have a thorough understanding of all sides’ goals. From that point, finding consensus and agreement is a matter of identifying priorities and working toward solutions that honor them.