Herrman & Herrman July 2019

JUly 2019

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Getting the Most Out of Mastermind Groups

I headed up to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for a small marketing conference. It was a mastermind group with other lawyers from the country. I try to get together with other lawyers about three times a year — in this case, this gathering was for PILMMA, or the Personal Injury Lawyers Marketing and Management Association.

Mastermind groups are great for business owners, professionals, or really anyone looking to broaden their perspective on business. Maybe you have a big idea, but no one to talk about that idea with. Being a part of a mastermind group puts you in a position to ask questions and get insight as well as contribute your own thoughts. It’s very collaborative. When it comes down to it, mastermind groups are about finding others who have similar goals and ideas as you. It’s also important to get together with folks who have experience, insight, and a drive to grow and improve. If you’re interested in joining a mastermind group, the internet is a great resource to find groups near you. They’re all over Texas and around the country, so it’s possible to find the group that makes the most sense for you, whether you’re a professional or just finding your passion. There’s a mastermind group for everyone, and when you find the group for you, you put yourself on a great path of success. Here in the office, we recently hired a new Herrman & Herrman brand ambassador, Eric Holguin. He’ll be out and about collaborating with various businesses in the community. He’ll be driving all over South Texas, so if you see someone driving a Herrman & Herrman-branded vehicle, there’s a good chance that’s Eric getting out and spreading the word.

It’s a chance to talk shop about what’s working and what’s not. This

year, we talked a lot about online marketing, including how law firms should utilize websites such as Facebook, Google, and YouTube.

We also talked about OTT advertising, or over-the-top advertising. This is advertising over streaming services like Hulu, Amazon Video, Sling TV, and so on. With so many people cutting cable and switching to streaming, it brings up an interesting question about advertising. In the past, we could advertise on TV and cable like any business, but now we have to rethink how we advertise as consumers cut cable and start streaming their shows. Of course, mastermind groups aren’t just to talk about marketing, though that was our main theme. It’s a place to sit down with like-minded individuals and share ideas, discuss challenges, and brainstorm. You get to hear what other people are thinking and going through, and, at the end of the day, you leave the meeting with a greater perspective on business and life in general.

I hope you are having a great summer with plenty of barbecues. Have fun and stay safe out there!

–Gregory Herrman



Limbering Up For Your Next Road Trip

Even though road trips offer you a break from the monotony of your office, the stiffness in your muscles and joints that comes from sitting in one position for too long can follow you onto the road if you’re not careful. Whether in front of a laptop or behind the wheel, taking the opportunity to stretch and exercise on your summer road trip is a great way to prevent the soreness from following you back to the office. Here are a few stretches to keep in mind for the next rest stop.

bending downward while keeping your hands on your car door in front of you, stretching your entire upper body.

For the Hips

While you’re driving, a good way to prevent sore hips is by making sure

your knees are slightly elevated above them in your seat. Once you have the opportunity to stop, try doing some hip flexors. Kneel on one knee, slowly push your pelvis forward, squeeze your shoulders back, and open your chest. Hold this position for 15 seconds, then repeat while kneeling on the other knee.

For the Neck

For the Legs

Reach your left arm over the top of your head and touch your right ear. Then, gently pull your head to the left and hold it there for 15 seconds. Repeat this process with your right arm.

To stretch out your hamstrings, place your right heel on a small step. Extend your arms upward, and then lean your upper body forward. You’ll feel a pull in the back of your upper leg. Once you’ve done this for about 15–30 seconds, repeat the process with your left heel. The road may be long, but that doesn’t mean you have to feel it in your muscles. If you stop every couple of hours and take some time to limber up, your body will thank you.

For the Chest

Stand in front of a door frame with one hand pressed on either side and your elbows at 90-degree angles, then lean forward. This will cause your chest muscles to open up. Hold this position for 15 seconds. You can do a similar stretch by

“I want to thank Jeff Johnson and his associates from Herrman & Herrman for their professional and compassionate handling of my accident case. My vehicle was rear-ended in a car accident, and I was injured. I was able to focus on my recovery and well- being while Jeff Johnson and his team defended and protected my interests. I am truly thankful to be better and have had the professional representation of your great team. Thank you, and God bless you.” -Mary Davis and Family


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In Texas, as in most states, there is a distinct difference between a criminal case and a civil suit. A civil suit for drunk driving is different from any criminal actions a drunk driver may face. A criminal proceeding against a drunk driver is designed to protect the community from future injury by acting as a deterrent to drunk driving and discipline the drunk driver for acting in a careless manner. A drunk driver can face a criminal trial even if there is no accident or injury involved. A police officer needs probable cause to pull over the drunk driver. The criminal side is handled by the district attorney’s office and may depend on the amount of collected evidence and if there was any violation of Fourth Amendment reasonable search and seizure laws. Any violations of the Fourth Amendment by the government entity could mean a “not guilty” verdict for the drunk driver. The case may be thrown out if the officer is found to have done something wrong. A civil case based on drunk driving comes in the form of an injury lawsuit filed by the victim of a drunk driver to recover damages for injuries, lost wages, future lost earning potential, and so on. If you are injured by a drunk driver, a civil suit may be your only remedy to potentially recover everything you need to cover the cost of economic damages. Civil suits also may offer the opportunity to When a Drunk Driver Causes Your Injuries

recover non-economic damages, such as money for pain and suffering. While drunk drivers can face serious criminal charges, they can

also face civil liability if sued by their victims, with penalties including restitution and jail time. If you or a loved one is injured or killed by a drunk driver, a civil suit may be your best

path. When we handle a case, we may try to resolve the case before filing a lawsuit in order to save the client time and money. However, sometimes a lawsuit is necessary to recover from the at-fault party. When a drunk driver causes an accident, the collision is inherently more valuable from a personal injury standpoint. The claim is more valuable to jurors because factors such as drunk drivers will often infuriate the members of the jury. The insurance companies know this and are more willing to correctly compensate the victims, our clients.

Austrian Potato Salad

Whether or not your friends are vegan, we’re willing to bet they’ll enjoy this mayo-free version of potato salad much more than the standard variety.


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2 lbs. small potatoes 1 medium white onion 1/2 cup pickled gherkins

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3 tsp whole grain mustard 3 tsp extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp garlic powder

Salt and pepper, to taste


1. Bring a medium stockpot of salted water to a boil. 2. Boil potatoes until fork tender, about 20–30 minutes. 3. In the meantime, finely chop onion and gherkins.

4. When potatoes are done cooking, strain and place in large salad bowl with onion and gherkins. 5. For dressing, whisk together mustard, olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. It’s best to add oil gradually at the end. Dress salad and let sit for 15 minutes to absorb flavor before serving.




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Inside This ISSUE

Finding a Greater Path of Success Page 1 4 Stretches for Staying Limber on the Road Hear What People Are Saying About Us Page 2 Drunk Driving: Criminal Cases Vs. Civil Suits Austrian Potato Salad Page 3 A Tail of Bravery Page 4

The Guardian Who Would Not Leave His Watch

Odin Lives Up to His Legendary Name

Amid the devastation of the wildfires that tore through

The family made it to safety with Tessa in tow, relieved to be together but heartbroken that Odin and the goats weren’t with them. After several agonizing days, it was finally safe enough for them to return home and survey the destruction. What did the Hendels find? Ashes, rubble, their barn and home burned to the ground — and Odin. There he was, still guarding his eight goats and some small deer that had sought shelter with the brave canine. Weakened, burned, and limping, but nevertheless steadfast, Odin had never left his goats, even as the fire raged around them. Odin wagged his tail as he saw his family, happy to see they were also safe. The Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue and the Goatlandia Animal Sanctuary provided temporary shelter for the goats and pups while the Hendels rebuilt their barn. Odin received all the care he needed, along with a lot of love and treats. Today, Odin and his goats are back with their family, rebuilding their lives after this devastating wildfire. But the Hendels, and anyone who’s heard the story, won’t soon forget the bravery of Odin, the amazing pup.

California in the fall of 2017, a few heroic tales rose up to give people hope. One such tale was of Odin, a loyal Great Pyrenees guard dog. Along with his sister,

Tessa, and eight rescue goats, Odin is part of the Hendel family.

It was mid-October when the Hendels were awoken by the smell of smoke, a fierce orange sky, and

sounds of destruction — urgent warnings from Mother Nature. Gathering everyone as quickly as they could, the Hendels got their human family members and Tessa in the car, but Odin, seated proudly next to the eight goats, refused to get in. Try as they might, the Hendels could not get him to come with them, and there wasn’t enough room in the car for the eight goats. With the firestorm quickly approaching and the risk of losing even more family members increasing with each passing minute, the Hendels made the heart-wrenching decision to leave Odin and the goats behind.



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