Kelly Law Offices April 2018

OFFICES IN NORTHWEST INDIANA AND SOUTH BEND

Out of the Office and Onto the Lake How Practicing Law Is Like Fishing

M arch is a great time for curing cabin fever; however, April is when spring really kicks into full gear. For me, that means fishing season has begun. Spring is almost here, and I’m ready to get outside. Fishing has been one of my favorite pastimes since I was a young boy. My family is full of anglers. When I was little, my grandparents had places out at Bass Lake in Indiana. My parents took my sisters and me there as often as they could. Today, I live in the perfect intersection of fishing spots: I’m about 25 minutes from Lake Michigan for sport fishing, two hours from a smattering of lakes and rivers for catfish, walleye, and muskie, and just five minutes from my parents’ place on Cedar Lake in Indiana. This allows me a couple days a week and almost every weekend to take my boys (and my wife, when she wants to humor me) out on the water. I’ve always found fishing to be both relaxing and challenging. It is not only a pleasure to be out in the open air, but also an opportunity to challenge myself. In those respects, my love of fishing explains why I enjoy being a lawyer. Fishing, like being a lawyer, is a lot about outwitting your opponent (although one has a brain the size of a pea, and the other is a fish). I’ve always been a competitive guy and do not shy away from challenges. Fishing

“I’ve always been a competitive guy and do not shy away from challenges. Fishing and helping injured people both require you to blend patience and skill.”

and helping injured people both require you to blend patience and skill. Like my tackle box full of spinners, sinkers, and baits on the boat, I need to be equipped with legal facts, strategies, and techniques in court to achieve the best outcome for my clients. Over the years, I’ve collected a massive amount of both.

So from my family to yours, get outside, enjoy the outdoors, and be safe.

–Joe Bombagetti

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