Kevin Patrick Law - February 2020

FEBRUARY 2020

Legally Brief With Kevin Patrick Automobile accidents | Daycare injuries | wrongful death

A Labor of Love Meet the Woman Embroidering Her Way to a Better World A while back, I took on a car accident case that ended up introducing me to one of the nicest, most compassionate people I’ve ever met: Cheryl Moore. Cheryl first came into my office with her husband, Bernard, who’d been in a car crash and needed my help. While handling his case, I learned a lot about the two of them. They filled me in on their amazing love story (Cheryl shares it below, just in time for Valentine’s Day) and Cheryl’s passion for embroidery, which she plans to use to create a better world for cancer patients and survivors. Through her little Atlanta-based business, Purple Parrott Creative Design, Cheryl sells custom-embroidered T-shirts, polo shirts, pillows (including neck pillows), hats, scarves, and more. She started out doing embroidery for friends and family, but her late father inspired her to turn her side project into a company. “I’m always designing something, creating something,” Cheryl says. “He always encouraged me to follow my dreams. So, my hobby turned into my passion, and my passion turned into my business! A lot of people can’t say that!” The business is named after her father, whose favorite color was purple and whose last name was Parrott. Today, Cheryl embroiders on any theme her customers ask for, but one of her favorite things to embroider is the pink breast cancer awareness ribbon. She has an entire line of products featuring the design for sale on her website, PurpleParrottCreativeDesigns.com. “My passion is raising awareness for breast cancer. I’ve known a lot of people who have died from it and been sick from it, so that’s my thing right now,” Cheryl says. “My little niece was diagnosed with it and had both breasts and an arm amputated a month ago, even though she isn’t 30 yet. I make these things for her to help her through and let her know it’s going to be okay and that she can do this.”

Someday, Cheryl hopes to take her work a step further and open up a brick-and-mortar store so she can supply breast cancer patients and survivors with everyday items they need, like bras and padding. Right now, in order to get those items, patients often have to go back to the hospital where they were treated. “If you have an actual store to go to that feels like walking into a Macy’s or a J.C. Penney, that makes it easier to avoid the bad memories,” she says.

Cheryl is relentlessly positive, and one of the lights in her life is her husband, Bernard. The pair met in 11th grade in 1981, dated for a bit in their early 20s, and eventually broke up on good terms. They parted ways as friends and didn’t see each other again until 2017, despite living just five minutes apart and attending the same nearby churches they had as children. “God brought us full circle in November 2017. I’ll never forget it, because we spoke on Bernard’s birthday, Nov. 16, 2017. He said, ‘This is the best birthday gift! I’ve been trying to find you!’ We’d both been married and divorced, so he didn’t even know what my new last name was until our high school class started planning a reunion trip. That’s when I saw him on Facebook and called him. He recognized my voice and he said, ‘I’m not letting you go this time!’ We got engaged on May 4, 2018, and married on Oct. 6, 2018. It’s like we picked up right where we left off.”

That just might be the sweetest love story I’ve ever heard.

To learn more about Cheryl’s business or place an order, visit her website at PurpleParrottCreativeDesigns.com, email purpleparrottcreativedesigns@gmail.com, or call 773.744.6912.

This publication is for informational purposes only, and no legal advice is intended.

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Just in Time for Valentine’s Day! When it comes to making plans for Valentine’s Day, choosing to spend time with your partner is a no-brainer, but picking the perfect activity can be trickier. While there’s nothing wrong with the classic dinner and a movie date, if you’ve done that year after year, it can get stale, and there’s no reason to stick to the script in a city with as much to offer as Atlanta! To get out of your Valentine’s Day rut and plan a date to remember, try booking one of these three uniquely Atlantan experiences. AGATHA’S A TASTE OF MYSTERY Located on Peachtree Center Avenue NE, Agatha’s A Taste of Mystery has been hosting one-of-a-kind comedic murder mystery dinners for more than 30 years. The shows are interactive, putting you right at the center of the action, and your partner is guaranteed to laugh out loud. Even better, you can pair your show with cocktails and a delicious four-course dinner. Visit Agathas.com to learn more and secure your seats! 3 Uniquely Atlanta Dates

THE MOON ISN’T MADE OF CHEESE?

The Story Behind the Myth

We’ve all heard the silly statement before: “The moon is made of cheese!” Although we may not fall for it as adults, when we were children, our eyes twinkled with possibility as we gazed up at the full moon and wondered if it really could be made of cheese. While science says no, it’s still an entertaining phrase that holds a valuable lesson for adults and children alike. The motif first appeared in folklore during the High Middle Ages as a proverb invented by a French rabbi. The full phrase is actually “The moon is made of green cheese,” and serves to warn against the dangers of credulity, or the willingness to believe in things that aren’t based on reasonable proof or knowledge. The simplest version of the phrase’s origin tells of a cunning fox that advised a starving wolf to search for food among humans. The wolf listened, and he was attacked by the humans. The wolf escaped, and in his fury, he attempted to kill the fox. To save himself, the fox promised the wolf that he’d show him the location of an abundant food supply. That night, under the light of a full moon, the fox led the wolf to a well and pointed to the reflection of the full moon on the water’s surface deep in the well, claiming it was cheese. The hungry wolf jumped into the well to eat the cheese, forever trapping himself. Thus, the fox successfully escaped the wolf’s wrath. As with any ancient proverb, variations of the story have developed over time, but its message has remained the same: Don’t believe everything you’re told. In today’s world of oversaturated information and advice, this is a valuable tip to follow, no matter what age you are.

THE PORSCHE EXPERIENCE CENTER Culture Trip recommends the Porsche Experience Center as one of Atlanta’s most unusual date ideas, and it’s high on their list for a reason! If your significant other is an adrenaline junkie or a fan of beautiful cars, a trip to the Porsche facility (complete with a chance to take a real-life or simulated test drive) will truly sweep them off their feet. After you take the wheel, visit the Overdrive Lounge rooftop bar and share a toast to living life on the edge. Head to PorscheDriving.com/Atlanta to learn all about what the PEC has to offer. FERNBANK AFTER DARK If your partner loves science, this 21-and-over experience at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History will be their favorite night of the year. These science nights for adults pair exclusive museum experiences and demonstrations with live music, film screenings, cocktails, and tapas. Though these events happen year-round, this year’s February Fernbank After Dark happens to fall right on Valentine’s Day. The theme is “It’s Electric!” and it will take your chemistry to a new level. Visit FernbankMuseum.org/Explore/ Fernbank-After-Dark to buy your tickets.

You can always reach Kevin directly at 404-566-8964 or Kevin@PatrickTrialLaw.com. (If you ever need it, his cell phone is 404-409-3160.)

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Kevin Rejoins the ‘Legal Elite’! Georgia Trend Magazine Names Kevin Patrick One of Georgia’s Top Attorneys

Our very own Kevin Patrick has been named one of Georgia’s Legal Elite for 2019! This honor, bestowed by Georgia Trend magazine, is given to only a select group of lawyers each year, and Kevin is thrilled to be among them. In December, Georgia Trend published its list of Legal Elite, a group selected by their peers over a months-long polling period. Kevin ranked as one of the state’s top personal injury litigation and workers’ compensation law attorneys. Overall, lawyers from across Georgia were represented in 16 legal practice areas, ranging from family law to bankruptcy law. For Kevin, the fact that his fellow attorneys chose him for this honor is incredibly meaningful. Over his years working in Atlanta, Kevin has done his best to contribute to the legal community by remaining active in State Bar of Georgia, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association,

the Atlanta Bar Association, the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, and more. He’s sat on many boards and committees over the years, including the Committee on Professionalism. Kevin works hard to maintain good relationships with his fellow attorneys, and that goodwill often leads to better outcomes for our clients. This isn’t the first time Kevin has been chosen as one of Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite, and it isn't the first honor he has received. In the past, he has also been selected as a “Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney” by American Jurist Institute, a “Top 40 Under 40” by National Trial Lawyers, one of the “10 Best High Verdict and Settlement Winners” by The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, and an “Attorney to Watch” by Atlanta Attorney at Law Magazine. Every one of those awards and accolades holds a special place in his heart and redoubles his dedication to his mission.

If you’re struggling with the fallout of an accident, injury, or other tragedy and could use the advice of an experienced attorney, Kevin Patrick would be happy to help. You can reach him today at KevinPatrick.law or by calling 404.566.5880.

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Vegan Banana Pancakes

Breakfast in bed just got a whole lot yummier with this vegan banana pancake recipe.

Ingredients • 1 1/2 cups flour • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder • 1/2 tsp salt • 2 extra ripe bananas, mashed • 1 cup soy milk

• 2 tbsp maple syrup • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted • 1 tsp vanilla extract • Cooking spray

Directions 1. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. 2. In a separate bowl, whisk bananas, soy milk, maple syrup, oil, and vanilla together. 3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir. Don’t overmix. Lumps are okay. 4. Spray a heated pancake griddle with cooking spray, and scoop 1/4 cup of the mixture onto the griddle. Repeat until the griddle is filled. 5. After 3 minutes or when bubbles appear, flip each pancake. 6. After each pancake has risen to double its initial height, remove from griddle. Repeat as necessary until batter is gone. 7. Serve with your favorite toppings! Inspired by My Darling Vegan

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Leap Into 2020 Facts About the Leap Year Inside This Issue 1 Meet the Woman Embroidering Her Way to a Better World 2 A Cheesy Myth About the Moon 3 Unique Date Ideas for Atlanta Sweethearts 3 Kevin Rejoins the ‘Legal Elite’! Vegan Banana Pancakes 4 Learn All About Leap Year

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Like the Olympics and presidential elections, leap years only occur once every four years, which is why many people look forward to Feb. 29. But there’s a lot that you might not know about this quirk on the calendar. WHY To keep the calendar in sync with Earth’s orbit around the sun, an extra day is added to it every four years. Earth takes exactly 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds to orbit the sun. Those extra hours add up over time, so another calendar day becomes necessary. But a leap year doesn’t occur every four years. Adding that extra day still doesn’t quite keep Earth on track, so the calendar skips leap years that occur during century years not divisible by 400. For example, 2000 was a leap year, but 2100 won’t be. WHO The odds of being born on Feb. 29 are 1 in 1,461. That means that of the roughly seven billion people in the world, only about five million of them are “leaplings.” The number of leaplings currently living in the U.S. is roughly 187,000. Some famous leaplings include motivational speaker Tony Robbins, rapper Ja Rule, and singer Mark Foster of Foster the People. However, the most famous leapling is probably Superman. When you invent a super-being, you might as well give him a super-birthday.

WHERE Anthony, Texas/New Mexico (a single town that straddles the two states’ borders), claims the title “Leap Year Capital of the World.” The city throws one massive birthday party for all leaplings but invites everyone to join the celebration. Two leapling neighbors from Anthony began the tradition in 1988, and it’s blossomed into a festival with thousands of participants every four years. It includes banquets, hot air balloons, a carnival, concerts, parades, and more. When you have four years to plan in between each shindig, there’s time to go big. Celebrate this leap year by doing something unusual or new. It’s a special day that doesn’t occur often, so make the most of it by doing something you’ll talk about for another four years.

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