Lyman Firm - December 2019

Are You Doing Okay? Check In With Yourself Over the Holidays The Truth About Lyman Beginning a Journey Starts with Dedication to Transparency 2860 Piedmont Road, Suite 275, Atlanta, GA 30305 T: 404 267 1986 F: 470 745 0699 The Lyman Firm Newsletter TELEGRAPH Amicus Curiae 404-267-1986 February 2019 The Lyman Firm Newsletter


As we head into winter, it can be daunting to stay positive due to the potential stress of the holiday season. We may not even realize how much the winter months affect our health. So, it’s important to check in with yourself during the holiday season to ensure you’re taking care of your mental health. yourself? If not, you may want to consider more short-term goals to keep yourself motivated. For me, I wake up every day trying to improve my own self-discipline. I keep it simple to start — I focus on making my bed before I leave the house. If I do nothing well the rest of the day, I know I’ve succeeded with least at one thing. And those daily wins can add up quickly. Maybe even add a daily review to your nighttime routine. Ask yourself, “How did I move toward my goals today?” For years, I had a sticky note on the top of my computer monitor with a key phrase: “Is what I’m doing right now moving me toward my goals?” It helped me push forward, and now my brother has the same note on his monitor at the firm. How stressed are you? So many different factors affect your stress levels. Take a look at your eating and sleeping habits. If you’re not eating or sleeping enough, you may feel irritable, which can cause you to stress over the little things largely outside of our own control, like traffic or the weather. 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 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, 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. 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, “I believe one person can be the face of a greater movement, and these are the everyday people — the How are your goals being reached? Are you reaching any goals you’ve set for “Financial stress can take a massive toll on your mental health, especially during this time of year.” heroes — I work for as I drive our c ses forw rd to the fullest ext nt within our legal system, fighting for what’s right.” G eorgia is a blue-collar state — a grassroots mix of farmland,

How are your finances? Financial stress can take a massive toll on your mental health, especially during this time of year. Make time to set a detailed budget for holiday spending, break all of your expenses down into categories, and make sure you’re living within your means. Remind yourself that, as long as you have a solid budget in place, things will work out. These are just some of the ways to keep your mental health in check over the winter season. Do you have any techniques to boost your mood through the holidays? Let us know! We’re always looking for fun ways to improve! Have a happy holiday season, everyone. 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. 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. 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

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Once you take care of yourself properly, you’ll feel better overall, and by extension, radiate positive energy to others. How are your relationships? It’s important to maintain peaceful relationships with family members, especially over the holidays. Have things been strained at home? A quick check-in with your closest family will get you on track to navigate with what is, for some, a very stressful time of year. How is work going? Make sure you’re not bringing any personal issues to work. At the firm, we focus on reminding each other to not take anything personally through the course of the day. We preface potentially negative communications with the acronymDTIP, short for“don’t take it personally.”Inmost cases, any feedback youmay get from coworkers is coming from a good place, and, if someone snaps at you, they might just be having a bad day— it has nothing to do with you. 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 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. 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. At ho e with my wife Lindsay beside me, and our two children — our five-year-old son

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