Choosing a professional can be difficult. For example, before an NFL team selects a quarterback, they gather reliable information. They watch hours of film. They conduct interviews. They ask the player to submit to rigorous physical and psychological evaluations. They talk to former coaches, teammates, teachers, and friends. And still, lots of times they get it wrong.
Choosing a legal professional can be even more difficult, because we have much less information upon which to base our decisions. Should we choose the one with the biggest office? He looks like he is successful. That could be because he does a good job for people. Ms. Jones said that ABC Law Firm did a good job on her case. Attorney Smith looks distinguished on his billboard advertisements. Maybe he has a lot of experience.
Trying to make a good decision with limited information is very difficult, and that is why I developed this website. I want you to have more information so that you can make better decisions. I also want you to have a chance to get to know me, and what is important to me. I want you to know how I approach cases and how I deal with clients.
I have devoted much of my professional life to helping people charged with crimes in court. I like to see people treated fairly. It bothers me to see people suffer, when they could have achieved much better outcomes. I don’t like to see them adversely affected because they lack familiarity with the rules and with the process.
In 1997, I started a law firm. The goal was to help people who needed help. My motto then—and now–is, “Every client is our most important client!” I got that from a federal judge whom I greatly admire. The judge was old, wise, and tough. He had learned all he knew through experience and the school of hard knocks. He was hardened by battle but softened with time. I worked for him in law school. When it was time for me to leave and get a “real” job, he asked me for which firm I was going to work. I told him I was not going to go to work for any firm. I told him that I was going to start my own law firm. He smiled and reflected for a moment. That is what he had done.
A second later, he snapped out of it and said, in a gruff voice, “You have to be like the guy in that movie, Jerry Maguire. You have to take care of each client that walks in your door like they are the only client that you are ever going to have.”
I have tried to live by that advice every day. I try to make sure that the people who work with me share in that commitment.
For more information about the biggest mistakes people make in criminal cases that cost them dearly and the most effective ways to avoid these mistakes please call (877) 593-4233 to request a free copy of one of my books, The Ten Commandments of Federal Court or Busted by the Federal Authorities, A Handbook for Defendants facing Federal Criminal Prosecution or to speak with me about your case.