What do you like most about being a lawyer, and least?
I’m grateful for the ability to use the written and spoken word to do battle for my clients. Injured victims need help, and insurance companies increasingly prey on this vulnerability. It’s an arduous job, but lawyers need to step up to the plate and swing. I can look back and say with confidence that many people are better off because I went to bat for them.
What question do you hear most frequently from clients?
‘How long will this take?’
‘What is my case worth?’
Being injured in a car crash or a fall takes a toll on your physical, emotional, and financial well-being. Patience is the most important thing you can arm yourself over the course of your case. Your case is only as good as your commitment to your own recovery. Most people will need significant time to treat and recover from their injuries, and here at the firm we spend a lot of time ensuring that your case is prepared and documented to achieve the best outcome.
Many people who need the help of a personal injury lawyer are going through extremely difficult periods of their lives. What words of support do you offer to people in this situation?
I understand that an injury-causing event can be very disruptive to your life. Many people, myself included, try to maintain a careful balance of work, personal, and recreational activities. I know that suffering any kind of injury can disrupt that balance, and I am committed to achieving a restoration of that balance for my clients.
Many clients do not have a sense of the value of their case. What advice do you have to help a client decide whether a settlement offer is a reasonable offer?
Don’t be afraid to ask your attorney the legal hypotheticals – ‘What is the likelihood my case is going to trial?’ ‘What are my odds at trial?’ ‘What amount do you think we could recover?’ ‘How long would it take to settle or try in Litigation?’
What motivated you to become a lawyer?
I have always known I wanted to merge human emotion with the logic of the law to advocate for people who need help.
How is being a lawyer different than what you expected before joining the profession?
Practicing law at a high level requires a significant amount of extra learning in the fields of accounting, business, engineering, and medicine. It’s not a one-dimensional art.
What is an interesting fact about you that someone would not learn from looking at your resume?
I am a military history buff and an admirer of classical symphonic music. I miss the days when The History Channel still aired historical segments and MTV still played music.
Who do you most admire and why?
Pat LeHouillier – friend, trial lawyer, and retired Marine. Pat was an excellent mentor during my early years of lawyering. He’s a man with exceptional integrity and an unmatched zeal for living. His tenacity is unparalleled, as anyone who knows him will attest. I’ve learned a great deal from him as a human and a trial lawyer, and I expect I’ll continue to do so.
You work hard as a lawyer during the week. What is your favorite thing to do to relax on the weekends?
The practice of law is a fast-paced environment, so I appreciate the opportunity to slow down my world a bit on weekends with a peaceful hike through a quiet Colorado trail off the beaten path. However, I’ve also been known to race through my weekends (literally and figuratively) on the ski slopes during winter.
Who was your favorite lawyer on television and why?
Harmon Rabb, Jr from JAG, a series about Navy lawyers. His character blended compassion with logic and had a core desire to always do the right thing.
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