“Look at me.”
Chili Palmer, Get Shorty, Elmore Leonard.
So you want to know more about me. More than the rest of the site offers. Your insurer, your board of directors, your boss, or your friend told you about me, and you want to know “why.” “What’s the deal with this guy?” “What’s the story with this firm?” You need to do your due diligence, and we aren’t a household name to your company or you. Sounds reasonable.
Feeling like the wolves are howling at your front door? Activist investor group isn’t happy with your business judgment? Rogue partner wants control of your company … and your office? Competitor claiming that your newly unveiled invention is a knock-off? You need a lawyer and want to know whether I fit the bill. Understood.
Or, perhaps it is worse. Perhaps a procedure went south, and a parent lost a child. Perhaps the calculations were off, and a major structure collapsed. Perhaps you bet the company on red and the wheel stopped on black. Need a champion and want to know whether I can fight and why I fight? Roger that.
Maybe, just maybe, your situation is not only worse, it is a lot worse. Maybe some things have gone horribly wrong. Maybe you’ve made some bad life choices. Maybe you’ve broken some promises — big promises. Reprimand. Scandal. Dismissal. Divorce. Depression. Maybe your partners want you out. Maybe your spouse wants you out. You are going deep. You are going dark. You’re asking yourself the ten nastiest words on earth: What will other people think? What will other people say?
I could hazard a guess. Here is what I can promise instead:
I am here. Right here. If I am your lawyer and if you are my client, I won’t leave you and I won’t let you down. Zealous advocacy. Radical honesty. Unwavering loyalty. Those are my promises, and I will not break them. I don’t judge, and I don’t preach. I don’t care how long it takes, how poorly you are perceived, or how unpopular your case makes me. Believe me, there have been more than enough times in my life when I could have used someone, anyone, to help me navigate the rough waters of law, business, and life. That is but one reason I will never judge you. You and I have a clean slate, and if I am your lawyer, I am never above you. I am never below you. I am always beside you. Always.
Now, let me tell you a little about myself, in my own way.