The Lyman Firm - May 2020

Showcasing the Mothers in My Life Thanking My No. 1 Cheerleaders The Truth About Lyman Beginning a Journey Starts with Dedicatio to Transparency 2860 Piedmont Road, Suite 275, Atlanta, GA 30305 lymanf irm.com The Lyman Firm Newsletter TELEGRAPH Amicus Curiae www.LymanFirm.com 404-267-1986 February 2019 The Lyman Firm Newsletter T: 404 267 1986 F: 470 745 0699

MAY 2020

As we head into Mother’s Day, I’ve been thinking a lot about the mothers in my life. I’m not just thinking of my mom; I’m also thinking of the mother of my kids and my grandmother, as well. My mother and grandmother have especially made an impact in my life. As I grew up, I needed different types of moms for different situations, and between those two, I had the best mother figures in the world. in my younger days. I lead The Lyman Firm as a proud curator of justice for the everyday person, somebody who might not have gotten a fair shake before they met me. I believe one person can be the face of a greater movement, My parents divorced when I was 5, so my mom had to be the rock of the family. For birthdays and holidays, she had a knack for bringing everyone together even if no one was getting along. She was also the first parental figure to recognize my independence. Whenever I was sick, instead of hovering over me, she would buy a bunch of VHS tapes for me to watch throughout the day! My passions weren’t always for courtroom thrills, though. Growing up in Smyrna, I sought to chase a different kind of rush: the roar of the racetrack. I wasn’t half bad either, eventually taking my hobby for auto racing from amateur status in 2004 all the way to semi-pro in 2007. Unfortunately, like so many other things that went down along with the economy the following year, my racing career crashed in 2008. Shattered by the abrupt end to my racing journey due to a lack of financing, When I started racing, she loved going to the local events to cheer me on. In fact, she was taking photos one time and caught one where I was waving to her at 130 mph! When I pointed it out to her, she went full mom telling me, “Never do that again!”We both laughed about it afterward. It was only when I was 25 that our relationship really flourished. Around that time, our relationship shifted from her ensuring I had “I believe one person can be the face of a greater movement, and these are the everyday people — the heroes — I work for as I drive our cases forward to the fullest extent within our legal system, fighting for what’s right.” G eorgia is a blue-collar state — a grassroots mix of farmland, mountains, and urban development representing ever-expanding opportunities. Being a native of North Atlanta, I have spent most of my life in this fair state, cultivating both my character and my profession as I grew up. Now, I have a distinct opportunity to help those around me in ways I hadn’t anticipated and these are the everyday people — the heroes — I work for as I drive our cases forward to the fullest extent within our legal system, fighting for what’s right.

everything taken care of to being more of a friend or confidant. Now, she’s one of the few people I turn to and bounce ideas off of. I often ask her parenting advice as well, and it gives me a new perspective on how she raised me. Every Sunday, we go out for Mexican food, which is probably what we will do this Mother’s Day, and play a game of golf! Playing golf is something special to my mother and me because it reminds us of my grandmother. My mother and I used to go golfing with my grandmother every Mother’s Day. In fact, she taught us both how to play, and it was something we all bonded over. Whenever I would call her to catch up, she would ask me how I was playing, and we would just chat about golf for hours at a time. When I was in high school, if I wasn’t behaving, she wouldn’t pull any punches. Whenever I was acting too independent, my grandmother always called me on it. I can’t tell you the number of times I heard, “I don’t like your behavior”. Of all the people in my life, she was the one I was most worried about disappointing. So whenever we had a talk, I was quick to straighten myself out. As we grow older and further away from our teens and 20s, we begin to realize that life isn’t always about going fast, both literally and metaphorically. It was during my post racing downtime that I realized I wanted to go back One of my happiest moments with my grandmother was actually at my law school After years of unparalleled grit, drive, and success in the field of law, I was fortunate enough to be able to open my own practice in January of 2018. This new venture has even allowed me to work alongside my brother, a paralegal and case manager, in what has been one of the most exciting periods of my life. For now, our plans for the future include an imminent expansion of the firm and growing the company in ways that still allow us to keep our fundamental values and operations in check. to school at Georgia State. After spending years as a writer and editor, I discovered and followed my newfound calling and began practicing law after graduating from law school. I began to look for a new avenue to pour my passions into.

graduation ceremony. She was really excited not only to see me graduate but to see my uncle give the commencement speech. So she got to see both her son and her grandson involved in law school, which made the entire event a memory I still cherish to this day. On race day, you better believe she was right there with my mom in the stands rooting for me! They both would even venture as far as Roebling Road Raceway to see me compete. The two of them were always my biggest cheerleaders, and I don’t know where I would be today without their guidance. So this Mother’s Day, think about your motherly cheerleaders and the impact they’ve made. Have a happy Mother’s Day, everyone! That’s when I tell them that there are a million different lawyers out there doing a million different things, but when I take on your case for a serious injury or a wrongful death suit, you’ll remember me as a man who gave you the best possible chance while shooting you straight every step of the way. -Thomas J. Lyman -Thomas J. Lyman James and three-year-old daughter Cleo — I am fully immersed in the fun-loving, homely, and exciting life of my family. They are my foundation, and without them nothing would be possible. But I also have a second family of sorts in my clients, whom I treat with the respect and attention a person is owed whenever they find they’re backed in a corner and need help. The pleasure I get from representing good, honest people in the courtroom is unrivaled when compared to the other fields of profession I’ve engaged in life. Oftentimes, I ask a client to share the names of the attorneys they’ve worked with on other cases. Almost none of them are able to muster an answer — the names of their lawyers completely lost in the tides of life’s trials.

At home with my wife Lindsay beside me, and our two children — our five-year-old son “Growing up, you need different types of moms fo different situations, and between these two, I had the best mother figures in the world.”

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