In 2012, I will have practiced law as a trial attorney for 25 years. A quarter of a century! I cannot believe how quickly the time has passed. During that time I have handled many hundreds of cases for individuals and enterprises. During the first half of my career, I mostly represented creative individuals and entrepreneurs in business disputes concerning their intellectual and real property rights. During the last several years, I have developed a blended practice of mostly criminal and some civil cases. Every year I take to trial many cases, both civil and criminal.
To me, it really does not matter whether my client is involved in a civil or a criminal case. The stakes are always high, and my commitment to passionately advocating for my client is the same. In every case I accept, I look for the thread of humanity that runs through it. It does not matter whether I am dealing with a white collar case where my client is accused of stealing millions of dollars, or a criminal case where my client is accused of murder. In either scenario, I am always listening for the human dynamics that underlie what really happened here – the universal human themes that run through every case, whether it is filed by the government against an individual as a criminal case, or between individuals in a civil dispute.
At the heart of every case are the people and their story. From the first call from the client, to the closing argument in court, my primary focus is what really happened, because every case, whether civil or criminal, involves a human drama where the client is the star, and my job is to first understand and then tell their story in the most compelling, compassionate way. The law and rules of evidence and procedure are a means to this end, the tools in my tool box. My clients know that when they hire me, I will tirelessly work to prepare their case and collaborate with them so that they get their constitutionally-guaranteed day in court.
I believe that fundamentally we are the same, and that every court case involves the culmination of a larger drama written in the language of universal human experience. I like to spend a lot of time preparing with my clients so that I can learn as much as I can about what happened and the people involved in their case. I immerse myself in their reality. If I can truly understand what happened on an intellectual and an emotional level, then I can convey that to the jurors in a way that will resonate with them. This is my gift to my clients, and my purpose in doing this work.