Bigger & Harman, APC - January 2020

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DRIVER Attorneys Defending Your Right to the Road

JANUARY 2020

GOODBYE 2010s

LESSONS FROM THE LAST DECADE

Another year — and another decade — is in the books. I hope you had a fantastic end to 2019, and your 2020 is off to a good start. For me, the new year is usually an invitation to look toward the future and plan the road ahead. But with the 2010s coming to a close, I can’t help but look back on the last 10 years and the changes they brought. Obviously, many changes occurred on a global scale, especially where social media is concerned. In 2010, we were already complaining about how much these sites were invading everyday life, and most of us weren’t even using our smartphones to access Facebook at that point! Nowadays I hardly know anyone who still uses an actual computer to check their feed — nearly everything is done using phones these days. And that’s not entirely a bad thing. I go back and forth on this change. On the one hand, it’s nice to be interconnected with loved ones no matter how far away they are from you. As someone whose family lives in Michigan, I’m eternally grateful I don’t live in an era where we’d have to communicate by snail mail or even landlines for that matter. Still, our dependence on these devices is more than a little concerning. Having the whole digital world in your pocket makes it very difficult to focus on the real one. Still, I’ll admit life would have been far more convenient for me in 2010 with the apps and tech that exist today. Ten years ago, I was a solo practitioner with a little office and no employees. I had to do everything from fielding phone calls to fixing the fax machine, and things were hectic, to say the least. Sure, I now have the pressure any boss feels to take care of their employees and make payroll, but I far prefer that to a one-man show. The camaraderie alone makes the growth of this firm worthwhile. We even got rid of the landline fax machine for good! And, of course,

over the past 10 years, I had the opportunity to grow as a lawyer — something I wouldn’t have done as well without Paul. Early on in our partnership, several traffic courts in the area began taking a much harsher stance on even minor offenses, vastly increasing the number of cases that went to trial. The result was a lot of work for very little pay as Paul and I did our best to

“THROUGH THESE TRIALS BY FIRE, PAUL AND I BECAME SHARPER LAWYERS AND A STRONGER TEAM.”

find novel and creative ways to vigorously defend our clients. In the moment, it slowed our firm’s growth due to the sheer amount of time and resources we had to spend reinventing strategies to find success. But, as I said in the first edition of this newsletter, iron sharpens iron. Through these trials by fire, Paul and I became sharper lawyers and a stronger team. Being able to bounce strategies off one another and help prep each other for cases was invaluable. I’m not sure how I could have summited this hurdle as a solo practitioner. So, it’s with gratitude that I look back on the last 10 years. It was a winding journey to get here, and the road ahead will likely continue to have its ups and downs. But, if there’s one thing that hasn’t changed for me in the last 10 years, it’s my love of a thrilling drive.

Happy New Year,

–Mark Bigger

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