The Turning Point
I was only 24 years old when I lost my older brother. He was 33 when doctors messed up his treatment – only one year younger than I am now. Turning 34 for me was a gift and it made me realize that there must be others out there like me: everyday people who have been devastated by the negligence of others and who are seeking honest help from honest lawyers.
But, that is not easy to find.
So I decided to do two things with my young life to help others. First, I would go to law school to get the legal training and accreditation I needed to represent victims; and second, I would work for people who (like my brother) were affected by medical trauma.
I didn’t know how I would get to do the second part but I knew how to do the first.
So I went to law school and graduated near the top of my class.
And as I started to enter the workforce I began to pay attention to others in my chosen profession. It was not hard to see what was happening and what drove most personal injury lawyers. You see it on television ads and you experience it in the courtroom. Accumulating money is the object of our profession.
It was not what I wanted to spend most of my time thinking about and doing. I knew that money was important, but I also knew that it would not lead myself nor my clients down the primrose path to happiness – especially victims of catastrophic injury.
So I asked myself if something different could be done. Was there a different path or was I just kidding myself that an altruistic approach to injury law could work.