Ready to Listen * Prepared to Battle
In 1941 my Father was admitted to the practice of law in the State of Ohio. Legend has it that he was the youngest attorney in the State of Ohio at the time. He opened his office that year and interrupted his practice to serve in World War II and resumed practicing law until well into this century. When I asked him if I should become an attorney, he told me that I would never be happy at it unless I became a full fledged trial lawyer, trying cases before juries like he did. Only 8 or 9 percent of attorneys will try cases before juries, and perhaps only half of them are good at it.
As a young man, I served my Country for three years in the United States Army during the “Vietnam era”. Upon my honorable discharge from the Army, I immediately entered The Ohio State University to continue the college education that I had begun in California. In 1976 I graduated with a Zoology degree with a particular subject of focus; neurophysiology. Towards the end of my Ohio
State tenure, my Father used to call me on a fairly regular basis asking how the nervous system worked in that this is usually what was injured in automobile accidents and such. I had anticipated going through the OSU chemistry department for a Ph.D as my grades were in fact, extraordinary, but at this time, my Father insisted that I would never be happy at anything but being a trial lawyer. I eventually graduated from Capital University Law School in the spring of 1980 with having completed some of my hours towards my Juris Doctor degree in a Notre Dame program at the London School of Economics and Political Science in London, England.
The last 40 years have literally flown by. I have handled thousands of personal injury cases to extremely successful conclusions and found that I was very much interested in practicing criminal law as well in that that includes jury trials and that by and large, the underprivileged in our society have very few people to speak up for them. I found myself cast into the role of being a helper to the helpless and a voice for the speechless. Ultimately, we have thrived for 75 years.
At an age where a lot of my peer group and classmates are contemplating early retirement, I take a different view. We are very good at what we do and have proven to be extremely effective. I ask myself the question; why quit now at the pinnacle of success? I, therefore, find myself rededicated and refocused towards helping people and do not intend to give up the good fight.
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