Wrona Firm growing up
July 24, 2012
After more than a decade in Park City, Wrona Law Firm is going through a growth spurt, adding a third of the attorneys currently on staff over the past few months. Three of those attorneys were hired in the past two months, an effort to distribute cases and keep more focused attention on clients, said law firm founder Joe Wrona.
Wrona Law Firm has 26 employees on staff, 16 of which are attorneys.
"It’s a fairly significant legal presence in Park City," Wrona said. "My original intention was to be an individual practioner, but my services grew, and so did the demand.
"I was constantly forced to bolt on new parts to the machine that is this law firm to keep up with that demand. I probably bring on new clients everyday, sometimes several in a single day."
Wrona said the recent growth has been a reaction to that incoming case load, but also the growing administrative work he described as a consuming presence. With more senior attorneys on staff than ever before, Wrona has begun the process of dividing up duties.
"Within the last year, I’ve been fortunate to bring some of the highest caliber attorneys in the state into our firm," Wrona said.
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Jarom Bangerter, one the most recently hired attorneys, left a prosecutor position in Alaska for Wrona Law Firm.
"Even from 4,000 miles away over the phone, I sensed something was happening here. It was not filling a slot in the attorney lines, but something I could look back on and say I’m glad I took this job. It was worth the 4,000-mile move."
Despite the self-described title as a "significant" law firm in Park City, Wrona said he was determined to keep the small-firm feel for clients. Unlike the mid-level firms in New York City, Los Angeles or even Salt Lake City, which may have upward of 100 attorneys on staff, Wrona said the new attorneys on staff will expand what the firm can do rather than grow the firm to grow the firm.
"I tend to grow steadily and organically," he said. "We bring attorneys on when I see a good fit."
Since he began the firm in 1999, he has opened two branches, one in Heber and another in Draper, expanding his services to the Wasatch Front.
ron Ames, joined the firm a month ago leaving a partnership with another firm in another state to join the team. With a background in civil litigation and transactional business advice he has expanded into tourism and construction.
"Joe doesn’t close doors and say no," Ames said. "He opens doors. So when we’re thinking about how we can offer more services to the clients and be more well-rounded, we’re meeting acceptance. At other firms, the process may be more restrictive."
Steve Gordon, a Park City local who was commuting to Salt Lake City before he took a job with Wrona Law Firm, left a competing firm of 85 attorneys he helped establish to work in Park City.
"The opportunities for growth, in a lot of different aspects, is here," Gordon said. "There is a collegial attitude here, which is not always common."