The Lyman Firm November 2019

What Ken & Carroll Teach Us About Perseverance 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 approach the Thanksgiving season, I’m reminded of how lucky we all are. We’re very fortunate we can hold people accountable for their actions. However, the journey is not always comfortable. There is one story of hardship and perseverance that will put that gratefulness into perspective for anyone. It’s also what the gear head in your family is most thankful for this holiday season — the theatrical release of “Ford v Ferrari”! The movie seems to take what was a corporately driven mandate and distills it down to the raw human elements that make the story so compelling. In the early 1960s, Henry Ford II wanted to show the world the Ford Motor Company could compete in motorsports on a grand scale. He sought to buy Ferrari to gain a competitive edge. While going over the contract, Enzo Ferrari found one detail that set everything that followed into motion. Ford planned on buying not only the automotive company but also the racing division. During a meeting between the two companies, Ferrari underlined this stipulation in purple ink and proceeded to throw insults at Henry and the other Ford representatives before storming out of the room. After the frustration and embarrassment Ford suffered, he gave his chief engineer one clear objective: “Go to Le Mans and beat Ferrari’s ass.” Ford and the entire team soon realized this was going to be no easy task. The team experienced an assortment of challenges and issues for two years. Even with the duo of Carroll Shelby as the head engineer and Ken Miles as the primary driver, it was an mountains, and urban development representing ever-expanding opportunities. Being a native of North Atlanta, I hav spe t most of my life in this fair state, cultivating both my character and my profession as I gr w up. Now, I have a distinct opportunity to help those around me in ways I hadn’t an icipated in my younger day . I l ad The Lyman Firm as a pro d curator of justice for the everyday person, somebody who might ot have gotten a fair hake before they met me. I believe on person can b the face f a greater movement, and these are the everyday people — the hero s — I work for as I drive our c es forward to the full st extent within our egal system, fighting for wh t’s right. My passions were ’ alway f r courtr om thrills, though. Growing up in Smyrna, I sought to cha e a different kind of rush: t e roar of the acetr ck. I wasn’t half ba either, eventually taking my hobby for auto acing fr m amateur status in 2004 all t e 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 cr shed in 2008. Sh ttered by the ab upt 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 th everyday people — th 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,

engineer, Ken was a skilled mechanic. If he wasn’t the fastest guy in the morning, he would be by the end of the day. Their story is reminiscent of a David and Goliath tale, which is a story most of us know well, one we all can identify with and find value in. Their take on grassroots ingenuity is similar to how we handle our cases. would be possible. But I also have a second family of sorts in my clients, whom I treat with th resp ct and attention a person is o ed whenever they find t y’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 clie t to hare the names of the ttorneys th y’ve worked with on other cases. Almost none of them are able to muster an answ r — the names of their lawyers completely lost in the tides f life’s trials. That’s when I tell them that there are a million different lawy rs ut there doing a mi lion different things, bu when I take on your case for a serious injury or a wrongful death suit, you’ll remember me as a man o gave you the best possible chance while shooting you straight y st p of the way. My clients and I will spend time building a strong case we’re proud of to hold well- established insurance companies accountable. At times, the process is rather complicated for my clients, but with a little perseverance and ingenuity, as exemplified by Ken and Carroll, we’re able to get our clients what they deserve. If you ever have any questions or concerns regarding your case, call me at 404-267-1986 or visit my website at -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

I began to look for a new avenue to pour my passions into.

uphill battle competing with the likes of Ferrari and Porsche on a world scale. 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 t at I realized I w nted to go back to school at Georgia State. After spending years as a writer and edit r, I discovered a d followed my ewfound calling and began practicing law fter gr duating from law school. After y ars of unparalleled grit, drive, and success in the field of law, I was fortunat enough t b able to open my wn practice in January of 2018. This new venture has even allowed me to work alongside my brother, a paralegal nd case manager, in what has been one of the most exciting perio s of my life. For now, our plans for the future include an imminent expansion of th firm nd growing the company in w ys at still allow us to keep our fundam ntal alues and operations in check. Racing was life for Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles. During that time, it was a golden age for racing in a postwar, booming economy. Servicemen and women who learned valuable skills in the army were left with an assortment of mechanical skills and free time, so many took to the track, like Ken Miles. And people from modest farming backgrounds could build automotive businesses, like Carroll Shelby. Up to that point in the industry, though, races were basically predetermined by whoever had the biggest wallet and the most time to work on their vehicle. While being backed by Ford, the duo didn’t have the finances of Ferrari. Nor did they have the decades of data and experience Ferrari had. They had to utilize their grassroots American ingenuity to compete with the old guard of European auto racing. Ken and Carroll were just regular guys. While Carroll was the head At ome wi h my wife Linds y beside e, and our two children — our fiv -year-old son | 1

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