Tell us your story. What kind of law do you practice? How did you get to where you are today?
My practice is primarily focused on helping individuals. Whether they are injured as a result of someone else's negligence or fighting with their insurance company for a claim that was improperly denied, I am dedicated to helping these individuals with their legal needs. This drive to help real people grew out of my prior practice representing primarily large corporate defendants at an Amlaw 100 biglaw firm. It was great experience and I don't begrudge companies just for being big -- but when it turns into a David versus Goliath struggle, often times the legal system is unfairly stacked in favor of Goliath. I realized one day that I just wasn't satisfied where I was in my career, so the switch to representing primarily individuals was a natural one for me.
Why did you want to become a lawyer?
If I'm being honest, I wasn't one of those kids who grew up always wanting to be an attorney. My parents came to this country with the clothes on their back and not much else -- literally. So, I didn't have any lawyers in my family to learn from or look up to growing up. But, I always knew that I wanted to make my parents proud and to build on the amazing foundation they provided for me. After graduating from college, I knew that I wanted to do something more than just get a job. Becoming a lawyer -- and joining a profession -- seemed like a noble aspiration because the few lawyers I did know were well respected and the type of people I wanted to be like. So it was more of a natural progression of my broader desire to make something of myself than it was something I always aspired to.
Was it a smooth road becoming a lawyer and getting to where you are now? If not, what are some of the struggles you encountered?
Fortunately, yes. I had an amazing experience in law school and throughout my career. I've been extremely fortunate to have met amazing people along the way who have become great friends and mentors.
What are you most proud of as a lawyer? What sets your practice apart from others? What do you love the most about what you do?
By far my most proud accomplishment is being able to help literally change people's lives at times with my law degree. For example, my personal injury clients are often times facing some of the worst times of their lives when they contact me. They've been injured, they may have even lost a loved one, and they are now forced to navigate the maze that is our legal system just to try and get fair and just compensation. There is no better feeling in the world than getting that result for an injured client or family member.
It actually doesn't even just change their lives, it's changed mine too. What sets me apart on the legal side is that I used to defend these claims for years at the highest levels. I learned how large corporations and insurance companies think and defend these claims which just makes me a better advocate for my clients now. But, more important to me, is the fact that I treat every single client's claim as if it were my own. I am relentlessly committed to delivering excellent client satisfaction and if for some reason I don't, I do whatever it takes to make it right.
If you could change, improve or disrupt one thing about the practice of law, what would it be?
I would make the legal system more focused on providing just and fair outcomes for the people. Too often I see that the legal system ends up working for the benefit of the lawyers rather than the clients. Whether it's needless litigation, endless delays, or just the ever vanishing right to a jury trial, it is far too difficult for the average person to "get their day in court" in the modern justice system. I want to fix that.
What are you doing when you're not lawyering?
I love spending time with my wife and our dog, Bear. I also enjoy cooking, reading, and being outdoors.