Yeargan & Kert - November 2019

THE DEFENSE REPORT

NOVEMBER 2019

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WHAT I’M GRATEFUL FOR A THANKFUL JOB

T he holidays are already upon us! If you’re like me, you’re likely scrambling to make sure everything is in place for the big Thanksgiving meal! But amid the chaos, it’s important to remember what the holidays — and the last Thursday of November in particular — are all about: gratitude. Naturally, I’m grateful for my family and their health. At the time of writing, all my relatives seem to be fairing very well! It’s a good feeling to be entering the holiday season with no major health scares. Given our family’s size, we’re incredibly fortunate. I hope this trend continues into the new year. But I also want to express my gratitude for another sort of family that has been there for me through thick and thin: the people I work with. We spend so much of our lives at our jobs, it’s a real blessing when you have truly wonderful team members to spend that time with. I’m lucky to have Lindsay, John, and Julie here at the firm. Each bring their own amazing strengths to the table.

for us and our clients, ensuring we stay on schedule. I think I speak for all of us at the firm when I saw we’d be lost without our “sergeant.”

Last, but certainly not least, I’m eternally grateful for my partner in law, Julie. Not only would Yeargan and Kert literally not be there without her, but I also would be a very different lawyer. From the first time I got to work with her in the prosecutor’s office, I’ve had a deep respect for her. No one messes with Julie in the courtroom — she showed me what it really means to stand firm for your clients. Over the years, she’s been an incredible mentor, business partner, and friend. You can’t help but think that people like her are heaven-sent. I’m thankful all three of these incredible professionals work with me — but they aren’t the only people I’m glad I get to work with. As corny as this may sound, I really am grateful for you, our clients. I don’t know if it’s because of the kind of people we attract or our vetting process, but we really do get to represent some genuinely good people here. So often other attorneys will complain about the people they “have to” represent. It’s a great reminder to me of how lucky I am. So this Thanksgiving, I’m raising a glass to you. Thank you for always making my job feel like a privilege and never a chore.

“I ALSO WANT TO EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE FOR ANOTHER SORT OF FAMILY THAT HAS BEEN THERE FOR ME THROUGH THICK AND THIN:”

For her part, Lindsay is a force of nature. I swear she doesn’t stop working. Whether emailing, taking calls, researching, or doing any of the myriad vital functions she fulfills every single day, she never loses her cool. In fact, Lindsay always has an infectious, upbeat attitude that makes the whole office brighter — frankly, I don’t know how she does it. The stars really aligned when we were able to recruit her to the firm. And then there’s John, who’s a real godsend. He keeps this firm organized and running with military precision — literally. A former serviceman, John has put all his discipline and logistical talents to work

Cheers,

–Jim Yeargan

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