What should I be looking for in a personal injury lawyer?
Look for Experience, Knowledge, Reputation, and Results
I started helping injured people in the fall of 1997. I had just graduated from law school and set up my office. I knew I wanted to work with injured people so I went around to other established injury lawyers’ offices. I gave them my card and asked them to send me the difficult cases that they did not want. They did.
For the next decade I took every difficult case that walked in the door. The only cases I would not take was where a person was lying about an accident or faking an injury. For much of that time, I did everything myself. I gathered evidence, investigated injuries, retrieved medical reports, found medical experts, collected documents, and cross-examined doctors.
I also tried cases in front of juries. I tried cases in big cities and small towns in the eastern, central and western parts of North Carolina. I won and I lost. I learned a lot from the wins. I learned more from the losses.
I really enjoyed that time. I gained knowledge and experience that comes from years of daily practive. Those lessons cannot be learned from books. I developed a reputation as an honest, hard-working lawyer who would not stop until I achieved justice for my clients.
I am very proud the work we did then and the work we do now. Although we have grown and we handle very serious injury cases, we have not changed. I am older, and hopefully a little wiser. I have never changed in my commitment. Our firm continues to use the knowledge, experience and reputation that I gained during those years to help every person we represent today. Our results and client satisfaction demonstrate that continued commitment.