LEGAL INJURY GUIDE
327 Bankhead Hwy, Carrollton, GA 30117
YOU CAN’T LEAVE IT AT THE OFFICE
Reflecting on 25 Years of Helping Others
They say that to be an attorney and be healthy, you should leave your work at work. But the reality is that it’s difficult to leave it all at the office. When you’re working on a case that might be the difference between someone getting benefits or not, between a person having insurance or becoming homeless, that stays with you. If you’re in it just for the paycheck, you’re not going to do a good job. It can be stressful, but you know you’ve made a difference for folks when you’re successful with a case. To give my mind a break from an intense case, I turn to my family and music. I love spending time with my wife, Melissa, whether it’s traveling, cooking together, walking, reading together, or hanging out with our kids. Our first grandson was born a couple of months ago, and that’s been a new joy in our lives. We’re excited for our next adventures together as a family. For the last 11 years, I’ve been the musical director at our church. It’s a way to connect with people and give back differently than I do at the firm. Music has always been a big part of my life. I’ve played the trumpet since I was 10, and now I play the stand-up bass. My son, Payton, started playing the banjo, and I thought, “If I’m going to spend time with him, I need to find a way to keep up.” So four years ago, I picked up the stand-up bass, and we’ve been playing together ever since. It’s a blast. Sometimes it’s just the two of us, and sometimes we play with a band. It’s given me the opportunity to connect with Payton and play music with people I never thought I’d be able to meet. We’ve played shows to crowds both big and small. Regardless of the size of the concert, I’m along for the ride.
This year marks my 25th anniversary of practicing law, which is incredible to think about. Much of my work in that time has been representing folks with disabilities. Personal Injury, Social Security, and Workers’ Compensation are my main areas, though I’ve had experience in almost every type of law. When I started out, I never expected to specialize in Social Security, but it’s turned out to be exactly what I was looking for in a career. I’ve lived most of my life in Carrollton and went to the University of Georgia for my undergrad and law school. During an internship with a local wire company, I was able to see how my future law partners, Ken Smith and Jim Wallis, were able to help people through the legal profession. My goal has always been to help people and make a positive difference in their lives through my work. Law school teaches you the technical aspects of being a lawyer, but they don’t teach you how to have empathy. You only learn that by sitting down with someone and hearing their story. The more you talk, the better you understand what someone is going through and how you can be the most helpful to them. Can you imagine being a wage earner for 30 years and suddenly not being able to work at all? It would be overwhelming, wouldn’t it? Many of our clients are in desperate circumstances and rely on us for help. I take that faith very seriously.
Thank you for making this a meaningful 25 years in our community. I look forward to growing together.
All the best,
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