Law Offices of Barry Doyle January 2019

nothing with his life. She took matters into her own hands. She walked him around the corner to our local school representative and, once all was said and done, she got him the money to be able to go back to college. This time, he didn’t drop out. He dedicated his time instead to becoming a law librarian. The whole time he was in college, he continued his job at Harvard Law, putting books on shelves, eventually deciding that it was exactly what he wanted to do with his life. I would be willing to bet that my dad is the only man alive who expressed an interest in going to law school specifically so that he could become a law librarian. My dad was still in law school when I was born, but when he graduated, we moved to California and he entered Loyola College as head law librarian. During my childhood, Dad would have his colleagues from work over to the house, and these college law professors were around our dinner table throughout my young life. employee work, and criminal defense. Of the three, I soon found myself drawn to personal injury — it made the most sense to me intuitively. I could see the pattern that fit between laws and the doctrines that applied to them, and I understood how it all came together. Most importantly, I liked helping real people who’d actually had terrible things happen to them. I wanted to be able to give them what they needed to get back on their feet. I enjoy working with people, and — if I can’t help them — getting them into contact with someone who can. I’m very selective about the cases I take in the door, but that doesn’t mean I can’t help individuals whose cases I don’t take. There are other attorneys I trust and know well. People who are going through a hard time are much better off calling me than doing a quick Google search for local attorneys. If it’s a case I can’t take, these individuals are well served when I place them into the hands of someone who knows what they’re doing. If my dad hadn’t first gotten his position at Harvard Law School, I might not have found my inspiration to become a personal injury attorney today. And my dad might have experienced hardships growing up, but his hard work helped guide me toward the path I was meant to be on today. It was a simple decision for me to enter law school. I was initially interested in three different branches of law — personal injury,

Barry, his father, and Patrick on Father’s Day

M y dad is an interesting character. He grew up in Boston, and was born with spina bifida, which means two of his vertebrae weren’t fully formed. When he was a kid, he had to get them taken out and, ever since then, he kind of tilted way over to one side. My brothers and I are all well over 5 feet, but my dad has always been about 5 feet, 2 inches tall. Now, when my dad was growing up, people often thought if you were handicapped you were mentally slow, too. There were many times he went to search for work, and employers would look at him, disqualify him, and basically tell him that he wouldn’t amount to much in life. Even with the odds stacked against him, he eventually got a job at Harvard Law School as a librarian, putting books on shelves in their immense library. While he was working this job, there were many times he would end up talking with various professors and, very soon, they knew that there was nothing mentally wrong with him. My dad was a smart guy; he had a lot more potential than people usually assumed. The professors ended up making arrangements for my dad to receive a scholarship to go to college. Although he qualified for financial aid and was able to get in, he hated the experience and dropped out, much to my grandmother’s disappointment. Here he was sitting at home, doing

– Barry G. Doyle


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