WADE LAW GROUP
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LOSING IS NOT AN OPTION
It was a strange case. My client was a brilliant Stanford grad with a bright future ahead of him. That changed in an instant when he was run over by a driver intending to take someone out. The driver had been seeing a doctor for psychological problems, and a few weeks before the accident occurred, the driver told his doctor that he felt like he wanted to run someone over. I argued that the doctor had a duty to report this to the DMV, but he failed to do so. The doctor and his attorneys of course denied that he had such an obligation. In his negligence, the driver carried out his intentions, and the Stanford grad’s life was taken out from under him. He became a quadriplegic, and he came to me to find out how he could get compensation for this awful event. The driver had no money, so the case was taken against the doctor. It turned into a three-week jury trial. I didn’t sleep. I spent all day in court, grabbed some food, and spent every night preparing for next day’s session. In the end, the jury awarded my client over $11 million. Nothing would be enough to cover the turmoil of his experience, but it was the closest to a victory you could get given the circumstances. My client couldn’t sit through a trial for three weeks in his condition, so we delivered the news that we’d won. As you can imagine, he was very emotional. This was closure and, at least, some compensation for the hell he’d been through. He had a great attitude, and that’s what got him through. He just wanted to pick up the pieces, move on, and let go of what he could no longer do by focusing on what he could do. I prepare in the way I do for people like this client. It can be exhausting, but it is the only option to find justice and live with the outcomes I get. Winning is the only option. Last month, I got the news that I was among several other attorneys in the state of California to be awarded the Lawyers of Distinction award. Only 10 percent of attorneys in the state receive this honor, and I am humbled and excited by the recognition from this prestigious group. It’s an honor to be recognized among the other elite attorneys in our state.
When I’m taking a case to court, it becomes the center of my universe. I’m in a vortex: I spend my day from 8 to 5 in court, I get something to eat, and then I spend the night preparing for the next day. Then I wake up and do it all over again. When I’m in this vortex, I don’t even need coffee. I’m fueled by the need to win this case for my client.
When the trial is over, the preparation for my next case begins.
I’ve been asked before how I find the energy for a life like this. My answer is straightforward: Losing is not an option. It’s that simple. This is the career I chose, and it’s the life of a litigator. The excitement of the case keeps me going. I want to win so badly for my client, and to win, I need to do that much more preparation than the other team. My clients are the reason I prepare endlessly. You don’t want to be the reason that someone doesn’t recover from an injury, or loses their business, home, or family. That’s what fuels me. At the end of the day, the only option is to do the best that I can, and that best has to be perfect. It’s the only way I can live with the results I get.
There is no room for error. I have to be at the top of my game to win cases like one in particular that I had a few years ago.
“At the end of the day, the only option is to do the best that I can, and that best has to be perfect.”
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