Brauns Law June 2019

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Working Hard for the Summer FROM THE BOARDWALK TO THE COURTROOM

Back when I was a teenager, summer vacation meant summer jobs. I lived in Ocean City, Maryland, a small beach town that floods with tourists every year. My friends and I spent some time bodyboarding and hanging out on the sand and surf, but I was primarily working a summer job. The long summer months were the best time to earn money for gas, school clothes, and college. I started working at a relatively young age. When I was 14, I got a work permit so I could work at a boardwalk eatery called Alaska Stand. This place opened in 1933 and has served the best hot dogs and lemonade ever since. They hired me on as the fry guy, which meant I spent the whole summer standing in front of the fryer. Putting a teenager next to a greasy fryer was a recipe for pretty bad acne, but I was glad for the work. The year before, my family lost everything. I won’t trouble you with the details, but I went from mowing lawns door-to-door for extra cash to needing a stable income for necessities. From that point on, I was always working hard, and it was this experience to which I credit my strong work ethic. Today, my summers tend to be a bit more fun. My family is able to take a couple of extended vacations every summer. Of course, I can’t always be away from the office for a whole week, but I’ll usually meet my family wherever

little crazy when I don’t have work to do, especially when I know the work we do at the firm is so important. When someone walks into the firm, their future often depends on the work we’re able to do for them. They have bills to pay, injuries to treat, and a family to care for. I’m mindful of the fact that my clients are relying on me, and I believe it’s our ethical responsibility to help as many people as possible. I’m not working over a hot fryer anymore, but I’m still working hard over the summer. The difference is now I’m able to change people’s lives instead of just getting them fries. -David Brauns

“... it was this experience to

which I credit my strong work ethic.”

we’re escaping to for 3–4 days before I’m on a plane back to Atlanta.

Unlike other industries, work doesn’t slow down during the summer at a personal injury firm. Car accidents aren’t tied to a season, and people get hurt year-round. That’s why I don’t mind the shorter vacations — in fact, I prefer them! I get a

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