Symbols of the
Law Office of Randolph B. Neal, Esq.
Unlike many companies that seek to be recognized by an iconic logo or image which the public sees frequently, law firms and offices typically rely on referrals largely based on their reputation and prior clients. Few law firms invest in developing a logo because the public wouldn't see it often enough to create a lasting impression. So you'll commonly see initials or something with the scales of justice. Because Randy finds a creative outlet in graphic design, and he has an amateur's understanding of heraldry, the office adopted a "heraldic achievement" commonly known as a coat of arms to instantly create a certain image which conveys dignity, trust and authority even on its first impression. So if you have extra time on your hands, or can't get to sleep, read on about the various symbols developed for the Law Office of Randolph B. Neal over the past ten years.
Coat of Arms
Our achievement is generally made of five components:
Sometimes referred to as a sigil, and used in a seal or signet, the symbol or emblem is the center point of the shield. In our case, it is composed of the scales and loyal sword of justice. The scales of justice represent not only the aspiration to equality before the law, represented in our adversarial system by two opposing sides, but also the balancing of justice and mercy.
The loyal sword refers to the way a knight protector holds his sword with his gauntlets (armor gloves) over his heart when pledging his fealty to his master and his duty to protect all in his household. It is held defensively (pointed toward the ground). Because we are a private practice, our duty is usually to defend and protect our client's interests. We have also sworn an oath to be loyal to our clients and to the law.
Our shield is technically "gules with a dexter azure bend to sinister." Basically a red shield with a blue diagonal stripe.
Red has a range of symbolic meanings, including life, health, vigor, courage, love and religious fervor. The common thread is that all these require passion, and the "life force" that drives passion blood is red. This represents our duty to represent our clients vigorously and with passion and courage.
Blue is a primary color across all models of color space. It is the color of the ocean and the sky; it symbolizes serenity, stability, inspiration, and wisdom. It can be a calming color, and symbolize reliability.
The "bend" or diagonal strip with two sides of the shield calls forth the initial "N."
Supporters, Crest and Banners
The rampant lions are called supporters. Rampant lions are actively rearing ready to engage any enemy. Our lions look outward or to the front, defensive of our clients. Lions represent courage, power, majesty, dignity, authority, justice, wisdom, and ferocity. As the "King of the Jungle" they are sometimes adorned with crowns which represent the majesty of the ideals of justice.
The crest in most arms consists of a crown. Granting of arms is typically through the authority of the King or Queen Sovereign and is a great honor and privilege. However, our crest is an American eagle. The eagle signifies inspiration, release from bondage, victory, longevity, speed, and pride. It has been an emblem for the Romans, French, Austrian, German, and American nations.
Typically the banner identifies the name of our firm. However it sometimes has the motto, "Fiat Liberte et Justitia Ruat Caelum" meaning above all liberty and justice, thought the heavens may fall.