When I graduated from law school in 1991, I had no idea what direction my career was going to take. Looking back now, though, I realize that every step of my journey led me to exactly where I needed to be — that is, helping those who have been harmed as a result of someone else’s carelessness.
To be completely honest, my career as a personal injury attorney didn’t stem from some grand, noble epiphany. I simply made the decision to go to law school because I wanted a good education and a promising career. After that, I fell into the field of personal injury because that happened to be where I found work after law school. Even then, it took a little while before the gravity of my new position really hit me.
I was a young attorney, handling one of my first injury cases. The woman I was representing was a meter maid who tore her Achilles tendon and had to miss a lot of work as a result. She was struggling financially, she was overwhelmed by stress, and she was in physical pain to boot. The moment the judge declared the verdict in her favor, though, it seemed as though all of those stresses melted away. She stood up, bawling, and gave me an enormous hug. It was only then that I truly began to appreciate just how much of a difference my work can make.
There are many rewarding aspects of my work, but to this day, I truly believe that the greatest feeling in the world is being able to look at a client after winning their case and saying, “It’s over. You’re taken care of.”
Lawyers tend to get a bad rap because of certain social stigmas, but at the end of the day, our work is really just about helping people.