Kramer Law Group - December 2018




W ith the end of the year coming up, I often find myself thinking about the beginning — the beginning of the year, the beginning of my career, the beginning of my firm, and the beginning of everything else. In fact, as I meet with more clients and take on more cases with each passing year, I can’t help but reflect on my original office and my very first trial. I had been working at a firm for four years and was a partner at another for three years when I decided to venture out and open my own office. During my firm’s beginning stages, I shared an office space with another attorney. But I was the only person responsible for both my caseload and my clients’ success. I didn’t have any staff. It was just me. I remember moving my equipment into that tiny office. The room must have been only 10 by 11 feet, so as I unpacked, I desperately tried THE MISTAKES I MADE AND THE LESSONS I LEARNED MY VERY FIRST TRIAL

attorney who didn’t want it. And between an employee from the defense attorney’s office dropping off a huge stack of medical records on my desk just two days before the trial and a surprise testimony introduced that Monday, the case was over only two days after it started. I learned a lot of lessons from that first case, but the most important one was that I simply couldn’t do everything on my own. I needed help. I now have a great team made up of hardworking individuals who make sure my office runs smoothly and that clients are well taken care of. Even during these busier seasons, they consistently make themselves accessible to clients. My team members will even travel to clients’ homes to hand out disbursements or answer questions. They are the face and voice of my company. Their hard work means that I can take on more cases and help even more people. In the years since I started hiring staff members here at Kramer Law Group, I’ve met several other attorneys who haven’t learned the important lesson my first trial taught me. In addition to their caseloads, they function as their own secretary and office “ I LEARNED A LOT OF LESSONS FROM THAT FIRST CASE, BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE WAS THAT I SIMPLY COULDN’T DO EVERYTHING ON MY OWN.”

to find space for my computer, files, desk, and chair. Besides being small, the room was also dimly lit, and the walls were

manager. They do supply runs, all the writing, photocopying, bookkeeping, and case management. I understand where these attorneys are coming from because I tried to follow the same path. Fortunately, I realized sooner rather than later that asking for help is not a weakness; it’s the best thing you can do for yourself.

painted a gross green color that made me nauseous every time I looked at them. Even with the poorly painted walls, the experience of starting my own business would have ordinarily been a fun transition.

But I unpacked my boxes in a hurry that Friday because I had my first trial hearing the following Monday. Needless to say, the trial didn’t go that well. I had inherited the case from another

–Ron Kramer


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