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What (and who) is Pharos?

I am often asked about the origin of the name “Pharos”.  When I (Ryan Jensen) left my job in Chicago in 2010 and eventually made my way back home to Utah and opened my law firm, I resisted the idea of going with the traditional “Jensen & Associates” or something like that.  I have nothing against attorneys who name their firm after themselves (some of my closest friends have done just that).  Rather, it simply was not my style.  As something of a history buff, I have always been particularly fascinated with ancient history, including the Greeks and Romans.  I borrowed Pharos from The Pharos of Alexandria, a tower built on the island of Pharos that became one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.  You may be thinking to yourself at this point that there are not many lighthouses in Utah and you would be correct on that point.  But I would also suggest that apples, macintosh or otherwise, have very little to do with computers, but that didn’t stop Steve Jobs.  Hopefully that will keep you thinking long enough to forget about the lack of lighthouses in Utah…:)

Pharos Law Group, PLLC is a small law firm in northern Utah started by me, Ryan L. Jensen, a few years ago.  If you care to learn more about me (especially the non-attorney side) CLICK HERE.  Otherwise, you should know that I spent most of my first decade of law practice in downtown Chicago at two of the world’s largest and best law firms (just stating facts), namely Kirkland & Ellis and Sidley.  Among the many benefits of working for such large institutions is the abundance of resources–somewhere within the firm there is a person who has the expertise you need for any given problem (however unique or remote that problem might be).

Although I now enjoy being my own boss and having the significant flexibility of my own firm, I also recognize that I don’t have all of the answers and there are many areas of the law in which I am not qualified (and/or inclined) to practice.  Accordingly, I have developed working relationships with other attorneys and firms to meet such additional needs.  In this regard, I am able to offer the “best of both worlds”–I can offer the personal touch and agility of a small firm, but through my affiliations with other attorneys and law firms, I can access the collective resources and expertise of large law firms.

In addition to these, I often collaborate with other attorneys, accountants, financial advisors and related professionals, as needed.  One of the most helpful skills and professional attributes I have developed over the years, while working on deals of all shapes, sizes and colors (figuratively speaking), is the capacity to know when I am qualified to answer certain questions and solve a particular set of problems and when I am not so qualified.  When I recognize a question or issue for which I am not qualified to properly respond (at least not without help), I quickly tap into the expertise of the other professionals mentioned above.  In my experience, many of the problems which are created by professional advisors (or at least which are not properly resolved by such advisors) are the result of such advisors attempting to be a “jack of all trades” and trying to do things for which they are not qualified, trained or even licensed to do.  That’s not how we operate at Pharos Law Group.