shelley slafkesShelley B. Slafkes and Bruce H. Levitt, Levitt & Slafkes, P.C, were recently featured in a wonderful NJBIZ article on helping their clients beyond the law. Here’s some of what the article had to say:

Just over a decade after founding the firm with husband Bruce Levitt, Slafkes earned a master of social work from Rutgers University and became a licensed social worker.

“Sometimes I think I use those skills here more than I would in social work positions,” she said. “It’s a very emotional area of the law. People come to us with all sorts of problems. You have to be able to make them feel comfortable, to be caring and compassionate.

“That, in turn, makes for a better practice, because people open up and talk to you when (you come from a social work background). You get a bigger picture, which is important, especially for this area of the law.”

Any advantage she can garner for her practice is welcome, given that her specialized law firm has to fight for all the business it gets.