The Law Office of James R. Snell Jr. November 2017

NOV 17

Road to justice

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A Moment for Gratitude and Reflection

Giving Thanks for a Great Year

when we’re caught up in the frenzy of daily life, we don’t have the chance to reflect on just how special certain moments are, and how fortunate we are to do the work that we do. Serving our clients is hard, for sure, but it’s also incredibly rewarding. Representing great people is never less than a pleasure. Looking back on the year that was, there are a few remarkable cases that stand out. Vicki Koutsogiannis recently achieved a settlement in a car accident case that shows how much you can achieve through hard work and perseverance. In this instance, the insurance company was not even willing to offer a settlement, as they were confident our client was at fault for the accident. The police had even written them a ticket to prove it. Well, once the dust settled, that ticket was revoked, the other party was found at fault, and our client walked away with a settlement. That’s just one example of the diligent work Vicki puts into helping her clients. I’m certainly thankful that she’s a member of the team. In our criminal defense work, we had a number of noteworthy cases. One of our clients was fired by his employer mere days after his arrest. After he was found not guilty, the company rehired him. In an even more extreme case, a client was charged with serious felonies. The judge was unwilling to even consider a bond. After we demonstrated his innocence, the charges were dismissed. Whenever you can get justice for an innocent person facing overwhelming charges, you’re reminded why you got into law in the first place. Of course, given that this is our newsletter, I do have to mention the new building. We’re very thankful to work in downtown Lexington and be members of this wonderful community. I know you’re probably sick of hearing about it at this point, so I’ll just leave it at that.

When I was growing up, the holiday season always meant a huge ramp-up in business for my

parents. They owned grocery stores, and as soon as November rolled around, it was busy season. You can bet that they weren’t afraid to ask young Jim for a hand when they needed it. I may not have appreciated it at the time, but looking back, I can’t help but admire how industrious and hardworking they were. While all of my friends’ families were thinking about vacation and holiday meals, my family was concerned with keeping the shelves stocked and the aisles neat. All the while, they never failed to make the holidays feel special. I still don’t know how they achieved it. These days, it’s almost the reverse. Now, there’s no such thing as a light day at our law firm, but things do seem to slow down slightly in the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. During this time, however, we are focusing the settlements, getting resolved, and preparing for the big trials that start arriving in January. Just because the phones aren’t ringing quite as frequently doesn’t mean that we lack for cases. That’s part of the joy of being an attorney— there’s always a new case to look forward to. On a personal note, Thanksgiving isn’t the knock-down, drag-out feast for me that it is for many people. As a vegetarian (I’ve heard all the jokes already), I’m mostly focused on the side dishes. Living in South Carolina, sometimes even the Brussels sprouts have bacon in them. Nevertheless, I do look forward to the chance to spend time with family, and there are always a few sides I can enjoy. At the very least, I’ll enjoy the rolls.

I want to wish everyone reading this a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy your families and your meals … and don’t worry about bringing me a turkey sandwich from your leftovers! – Jim Snell

What’s more important than any dish, however, is the chance to express gratitude and look back on the year that was. Sometimes,

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