Button Law March 2020

GEAUX TIGERS! A WORD FROM ASHLEY WASHINGTON

For my first visit to Louisiana State University, the law school arranged a tour of the Tigers’ football stadium. As I walked through the tunnel to the field, I crouched down with my group like the players do every game. We swayed side to side, jumped with anticipation, and waited for the queue to run onto the field. In his best Les Miles interpretation, the tour guide backed up slowly, holding his hands out to control the pace of my new team. Anticipation built with every step. I jumped to hit the “WIN!” painted on the beam above me at the edge of the tunnel because it felt right. I jogged onto that field and was overcome with the power of LSU. I stood in the center of the field, gazing up into the stands of Death Valley, and I felt tiny yet huge all at once. In that moment, this south Florida girl made the decision to be an LSU Tiger. My dad and I shared a special bond over SEC football. He was a graduate of the University of Florida, so I was adorned in orange and blue since I was a baby. Deciding to go to LSU meant my dad had to learn to love his conference rivals. Football season was our father- daughter bonding time. Every conversation we had, I ended with, “Love you, Dad. Geaux Tigers!” to which he would chuckle and respond, “Love you, too. Go Gators!” I lost my Dad suddenly in August 2019. At the time, I didn’t realize just how hard the upcoming football season would be. With every victory came a reminder of the loss of my dad. Moments of celebration were met with the realization that I couldn’t call my dad to talk about the game. I found myself talking out loud in every nail-biting moment of “On Aug. 11, 2017, I was rear-ended by a speeding driver. This was my second car accident in over 14 years. Being new to Texas, I was stressed, overwhelmed, and trying to manage all the side effects that resulted from the accident. The Button Law Firm took care of all my concerns. Mr. Button and his team referred me to the best neurologist and speech therapist in Dallas. Rosie, his paralegal, kept me up to date with my case, and she was able to answer any question that I had. I’m delighted to be a client of The Button Law Firm. I’m thankful that I was referred to a group of people who love what they do, are organized, are thorough, and see you as a human being in need, not just another number. If you want this type of service and commitment from a law firm, then choose The Button Law Firm. Thank you again for everything!” 5-STAR CLIENT REVIEW

every LSU game, saying, “Dad, I don’t know what pull you have up there, but if you have any, make this play happen, please!” In their 2019 season, the Tigers made history as the greatest college football team of all time, going 15-0 and defeating seven of the nation’s top 10 football teams along the way. Thanks to my team at The Button Law Firm, I was able to

celebrate the College Football Playoffs in New Orleans with the people closest to me. As the clock wound down to 00:00, tears filled my eyes. I couldn’t help but think of that first moment that I stood on the 50- yard line, eyes wide, jaw dropped, and letting out an audible “wow” as I turned in a circle to get a 360-degree look at the stadium. Purple and gold confetti fell from ceiling of the Superdome. It was the first time all football season that I didn’t feel like I needed to call my dad. I knew he was right there next to me, eyes wide, jaw dropped, and telling me, “We did it!”

Love you, Dad. Geaux Tigers!

–Ashley Washington

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