Create Value, Not Conflict
Kalos Kai Agathos
Imagine a rule of law centered law firm with a lean business model that leverages technology, has an innovative mindset, and is progressive. Instead of a law firm that rates itself on the metrics of profits per partner, size, and billable hours, think of a law firm that is client focused, people centered, and community minded, with a pro bono practice woven into its fabric. What if there is a law firm that is built for the future, not set in the past?
Welcome to Kalon.
Fair resolution of disputes by a rule of law centered process.
Zealously serving the interests of our clients by addressing their legal challenges and opportunities so they can achieve their objectives. Serving the interests of our people by providing the intrinsic motivations of purpose, mastery, and autonomy. Serving the interests of our community by promoting the rule of law.
We aspire to be a law firm that promotes social good through a social entrepreneurship model.
Our Value Proposition:
We seek to help people create value, not conflict.
Kalon launched on June 1, 2017.
Kalon’s vision is of a better law firm for ourselves, for our clients, and for our community, leveraging technology, innovation, and the innate motivators of purpose, mastery, and autonomy.
“Kalon” is a word used by ancient Greek philosophers to describe certain ideals they held.
Our motto, Kalos Kai Agathos, is an expression from the Greek classical period for ethical conduct in conflict.
Kalon’s home in a loft in the historic Colt building, but by being digital, Kalon extends its reach to anywhere we have an internet connection. Kalon’s lean business strategy has reduced overhead, while technology has increased effectiveness.
True to Kalon’s vision of a better law firm, Kalon has a pro bono clinic, the Kalon Fellowship, has Salons, and hosts Cicero, an advocacy project.
In our first year, we were recognized as a finalist for Best New Law Firm by the Reisman Awards. In our fifth year, we were recognized by Best Lawyers as a Tier 1 Law Firm in Hartford for Arbitration and Mediation, 2022.
Kalos Kai Agathos
Kalon is rule of law centered. As a “rule of law firm,” we believe everyone is equal before the law, which is neutrally adjudicated and consistent with human rights.
Kalon has a startup mentality, which means Kalon’s vision and mission are priorities. Kalon persistently innovates, learns, and pivots to reach those goals. Kalon plays the long game. Kalon is committed to being intentional about culture, providing intrinsic motivation to our people, which Kalon believes helps create the ideal firm. Kalon’s practice is guided by an ethical compass. Kalon keeps a beginner’s mind, embraces diversity as a strength, and is always learning. Kalon seeks to give back and pay it forward, be responsible members of the community, and act with gratitude. Kalon’s model does not privilege profit. Kalon understands law is a business but embraces it as a profession.
Kalon Fellow Quyen Truong, who is also an artist, created Kalon’s logo in 2019. Kalon decided upon a koi, Ying/Yang, enso theme, which she let percolate in her mind and then explored on canvas.
The Japanese enso symbol is a center of calligraphy practice, drawn in one stroke, symbolizing completeness if the circle is closed. We decided the circle should remain open, as Kalon continues to grow. Ying/Yang is a symbol of opposing forces which are necessary to create a whole. This is very much like advocacy, where two parties assert different perspectives of a single case, and through this process, reach a whole, final solution. Finally, koi, long a Japanese symbol of beauty, dovetails nicely with our chosen name of Kalon. We settled on two koi, swimming in a circle that alludes to both Ying/Yang and to enso, both in black and white, but with these colors inverted between the fish.
Because we can work anywhere, we do not have mandatory commutes every morning, reducing our carbon footprint. Because we are digital, we use less paper and produce less waste. Both of these approaches allow us a smaller office, further reducing our footprint.
Kalon: Established June 1, 2017.
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