We are a young law firm focused on assisting the side of truth and justice in numerous financial disputes including fraud cases, contract disputes, foreclosures and bankruptcy. We generally represent small businesses (less than 20 employees) and individuals. As younger attorneys from a smaller firm, we need to present ourselves as confident (strong) and competent (fresh, modern, sophisticated) from the first contact with the target audience. We office in uptown, a trendier neighborhood in Minneapolis, with an office in an unconventional older renovated building with skylights. We are frequently advocating in court rooms for our clients.
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We expect our branding to be seen by our clients (small businesses or individuals either dealing with financial distress or whose contract or statutory rights have been violated), as well as opposing counsel, court staff and judges. Because of the non-client part of the audience, it is important that the logo remain professional.
As you can see from our website (http://www.dreweslaw.com), I need help with design creativity. I am looking for a logo that includes the firm's name ("Drewes Law" or "Drewes Law, PLLC") to make the website, future business cards and any future branding efforts not so dead.
I am not sure if a law firm logo can be maintain its professionalism and contain images of people or items (gavel, desk, lady justice). If not, then I would be happy to settle for a better way of portraying the name of the firm.