|Why the Abacus?|
Our logo is a dissected abacus bead, symbolizing our expertise in cutting through numbers to get to the critical information required to address our mandate ― whether it be investigating fraud allegations, addressing shareholder disputes, or assisting in resolving family law matters.
Some historians believe the Chinese first introduced the abacus; others favor the Babylonians. It is believed to date back as far as 5000 B.C., although the oldest exiting abacus was made around 300 B.C.
The abacus was created before there were numbers. In its most basic form it was a board that had grooves for pebbles or twigs. Interestingly, the word calculus comes from the Latin for pebble. The modern abacus, which uses beads sliding on thin metals rods, is a Chinese design dating from 1200 AD.
A “new” abacus was invented by Lee Kai-chen, who published a manual in 1958 entitled “How to Learn Lee’s Abacus” He claimed his abacus would make multiplication and division much easier and he provided instructions to calculate square roots and cubic roots. Not long after, the modern calculator and then the computer took the concept of the abacus to a far more advanced level.
We chose the abacus as our symbol because to use it requires the human element. We obviously rely greatly on computers and other technology when investigating a case or calculating damages. But we don’t rely on checklists or any other cookie-cutter approaches to our work. We look at each case individually and apply our own knowledge and experience in our search for clear and verifiable answers. The abacus reminds us that we need to be hands-on and sleeves rolled up to do our work at the highest possible level.
You can count on us to never forget that.