Harrison Law Group - March 2020

www.HarrisonLawGroup.com (410) 832-0000 March 2020 Te Contractor’s Advantage jwyatt@harrisonlawgroup.com

Creative Thinking Gets Results

There are many interesting days in March. People often associate the month with the observance of St. Patrick’s Day, which falls on March 17. It’s a day of cultural celebration for those of Irish heritage and recognition of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Of course, the revelry of St. Patrick’s Day has gone far beyond what the earliest observers intended. Another day in March is the Ides of March, which falls on the 15th. Prior to 44 B.C., it was a day of various religious observances and a common deadline to settle debts, at least among Romans. In 44 B.C., however, Julius Caesar was assassinated, which was the result of a conspiracy established by a number of Roman senators, namely Gaius Cassius Longinus and Marcus Junius Brutus. Marcus Junius Brutus is arguably the most famous of the three senators. In William Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar,” as Caesar dies, he utters the words, “Et tu, Brute?” or “You too, Brutus?” — a phrase many people today associate with the assassination of Caesar. People often claim those were his last words, but his true last words are not known. I recently read a biography on Julius Caesar. He was a man who often found himself in extraordinary situations with the odds stacked against him. And yet, time and time again, he worked through those bad situations to find success, whether in war, politics, or personal matters. One of his best traits was how he reacted to whatever situation he was in. He was a quick thinker and strategist. A lot of conventional thinking, even today, is predicated on a simple formula: If I

When I’m working on a case, one of the best things that can happen for me as a litigator is to receive a phone call from the opposing counsel or party. It’s a call they make to tell me just how much the odds are stacked against me and my client. I’ve heard things like, “I’ve been doing this for 40 years, and you’ll never be able to do this.” Depending on the case, it can take a few months or a couple of years, but either way, I get to call them back when I accomplish what they said I wouldn’t be able to. And now they get to settle, and my client gets paid. It’s a good feeling to be up against the “impossible” and to bring it through to the end for the client. Even better,

find myself in X situation, it will certainly have Y outcome. In other words, if something isn’t going well for me, it’s easy to conclude that whatever we’re trying to accomplish will end in failure. But this is rarely true. When you face a challenging situation, there are any number of variables at play. The outlook may not look promising and you may face setbacks, but that never means you can’t work around those difficulties to push toward the feat you are trying to accomplish. A good example is setting goals for yourself. When you’re working toward any goal, chances are you’re going to face internal or external resistance, and it takes creative thinking to overcome that. A lot of what we provide for clients comes down to creative thinking. It’s not uncommon for clients to come to us when they are facing a seemingly hopeless situation. What we do isn’t rocket science; it’s careful attention to detail. We research, evaluate, and analyze to determine what we can do to bring the client to their ideal position.

you won’t find any senatorial conspiracies here.

-Jeremy Wyatt

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