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Have you ever had a bad day and listened to a song that immediately cheered you up? If you have, you’re not alone. I love listening to music to stay positive throughout the day. Not only that, but the rhythm of a good song helps the time pass as I work on cases. As I write this, many of us find ourselves in the unique situation of staying at home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Though that may (hopefully) no longer be the case when this gets to you in June, this time has helped me reflect on why music means so much to me and some artists that have been keeping me and my family going. As I was growing up, music was something my dad and I bonded over. He introduced to me a lot of classic rock staples like the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and the Beatles. I can still remember hearing the opening guitar sounds and bass drum kick on Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog.” And when I first heard Robert Plant scream, “hey, hey mama said the way you move” I knew I was graduating from Sesame Street to legitimate rock-and-roll. It wasn’t all ear-melting heavy rock, though. My dad also shared some of the more heartfelt artists he enjoyed like Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, and Paul Simon. What I loved about all these bands, at least when I was younger, is how they all utilized guitars in their music. This led me to explore acts like Jimi Hendrix, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Pink Floyd, and the Grateful Dead. These led straight to the jam-band Phish, which is probably one of my favorite bands of all time. Being somewhat of an Anglophile though, my go-to radio station of-late is BBC 6 Music. I highly recommend the channel if you’re struggling to find something to listen to on a daily basis. Like a long-forgotten local radio station in the states, they have regular programming with various hosts, so it’s always fun. Additionally, they play a wide range of genres so you can always find something you like. G eorgia is a blue-collar state — a grassroots mix of farmland, mountains, and urban development representing ever-expanding opportunities. Being a native of North Atlanta, I have spent most of my life in this fair state, cultivating both my character and my profession as I grew up. Now, I have a distinct opportunity to help those around me in ways I hadn’t anticipated in my younger days. I lead The Lyman Firm as a proud curator of justice for the everyday person, somebody who might not have gotten a fair shake before they met me. I believe one person can be the face of a greater movement, and these are the everyday people — the heroes — I work for as I drive our cases forward to the fullest extent within our legal system, fighting for what’s right. My passions weren’t always for courtroom thrills, though. Growing up in Smyrna, I sought to chase a different kind of rush: the roar of the racetrack. I wasn’t half bad either, eventually taking my hobby for auto racing from amateur status in 2004 all the way to semi-pro in 2007. Unfortunately, like so many other things that went down along with the economy the following year, my racing career crashed in 2008. Shattered by the abrupt end to my racing journey due to a lack of financing,
Many of us have been working remotely and have new routines these days. For some, getting a day of remote work and remote schooling for the kids started can be a challenge. If you’re dealing with that, I’d recommend using classical or opera music to get in a studious mindset. I’d suggest starting with my personal favorite, Chopin, and moving into other genre greats like or Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, or even Prokofiev. And if you’re into trying some really wild stuff, go for a taste of Franz Liszt or Richard Wagner. The latter’s “Flight of the Valkyries” is absolutely spectacular. This is a great way to help everyone focus and ease into their tasks, and the calming rhythm of the music is a little less distracting for kids than the modern rock or pop that they would probably favor. While I love classical and opera music, I know it’s not everyone’s taste. If you’re looking for something with some stress-easing qualities and a steady rhythm, I recommend classic jazz. Personally I prefer Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Duke Ellington. Their music has a great way of relaxing me and helping me decompress after a long day. I’ve introduced my kids to the genre, and my son loves it! Every Sunday he asks to listen to the radio station KEXP. The station hosts a great Sunday blues and jazz show that plays from the University of Washington. It’s been great to see my kids get into jazz music. But I have to say I really love that since I introduced them to the Rolling Stones, they start singing “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”whenever it plays on the radio! As a lifelong Stones fan, I couldn’t be more proud. Music has always been an important part of my everyday life, but that feels even more true lately. It’s great to get to pass on my favorites to the next generation. -Thomas J. Lyman -Thomas J. Lyman James and three-year-old daughter Cleo — I am fully immersed in the fun-loving, homely, and exciting life of my family. They are my foundation, and without them nothing would be possible. But I also have a second family of sorts in my clients, whom I treat with the respect and attention a person is owed whenever they find they’re backed in a corner and need help. The pleasure I get from representing good, honest people in the courtroom is unrivaled when compared to the other fields of profession I’ve engaged in life. Oftentimes, I ask a client to share the names of the attorneys they’ve worked with on other cases. Almost none of them are able to muster an answer — the names of their lawyers completely lost in the tides of life’s trials. That’s when I tell them that there are a million different lawyers out there doing a million different things, but when I take on your case for a serious injury or a wrongful death suit, you’ll remember me as a man who gave you the best possible chance while shooting you straight every step of the way.
I began to look for a new avenue to pour my passions into.
As we grow older and further away from our teens and 20s, we begin to realize that life isn’t always about going fast, both literally and metaphorically. It was during my post racing downtime that I realized I wanted to go back to school at Georgia State. After spending years as a writer and editor, I discovered and followed my newfound calling and began practicing law after graduating from law school. After years of unparalleled grit, drive, and success in the field of law, I was fortunate enough to be able to open my own practice in January of 2018. This new venture has even allowed me to work alongside my brother, a paralegal and case manager, in what has been one of the most exciting periods of my life. For now, our plans for the future include an imminent expansion of the firm and growing the company in ways that still allow us to keep our fundamental values and operations in check.
“I believe one person can be the face of a greater movement, and these are the everyday people — the heroes — I w rk for as I drive our cases forward to the fullest extent within our legal system, fighting for what’s right.”
“It’s been great to see my kids get into jazz music. But I have to say I really love that since I introduced them to the Rolling Stones, they start singing “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” whenever it plays on the radio! As a lifelong Stones fan, I couldn’t be more proud.”
At home with my wife Lindsay beside e, and our two children — our five-y ar-old son
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