The Lyman Firm - July 2020

Summer Jobs and Life Lessons What I Learned From Anjon’s Italian Restaurant The Truth About Lyman Beginning a Journey Starts with Dedication to Transparency 2860 Piedmont Road, Suite 275, Atlanta, GA 30305 lymanf The Lyman Firm Newsletter TELEGRAPH Amicus Curiae 404-267-1986 February 2019 The Lyman Firm Newsletter T: 404 267 1986 F: 470 745 0699

JULY 2020

G eorgia is a blue-collar state — a grassroots mix of farmland, mountains, and urban development representing ever-expanding opportunities. Being a native of North Atlanta, I have spent most of my life in this fair state, cultivating both my character and my profession as I grew up. Now, I have a distinct opportunity to help those around me in ways I hadn’t anticipated in my younger days. I lead The Lyman Firm as a proud curator of justice for the everyday person, somebody who might not have gotten a fair shake before they met me. I believe one person can be the face of a greater movement, and these are the everyday people — the heroes — I work for as I drive our cases forward to the fullest extent within our legal system, fighting for what’s right. My passions weren’t always for courtroom thrills, though. Growing up in Smyrna, I sought to chase a different kind of rush: the roar of the racetrack. I wasn’t half bad either, eventually taking my hobby for auto racing from amateur status in 2004 all the 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 crashed in 2008. Shattered by the abrupt end to my racing journey due to a lack of financing,

As more clients are talking about their children’s summer jobs, I can’t help thinking of the gigs I had growing up. They were my first foray into the workforce and taught me some of the business and life lessons I use today. When I was 14, I got my first job at Ken’s Place, a seafood restaurant near the ocean in Scarborough, Maine (I spent my high school years in the northeast). As a busboy, most of my time was spent cleaning tables and dumping the trash. Now, making $4 an hour isn’t glamorous, but the first lesson I learned was (and still is!) worth its weight in gold: job scarcity. Summer jobs in a tourism-heavy state aren’t easy to get, so you have to work diligently to find one. This means scouring the local newspapers, going to interviews, and making great first impressions. In turn, it incentivizes kids to be punctual and work harder when they do find a position. If you ever visit Maine, trust me, you won’t see a single lazy worker. As a result, I’m always at least five minutes early for hearings and litigation meetings, which is important since it indicates to the judge how seriously I’m taking the case. The next summer, I worked at Anjon’s Italian Restaurant. While my duties at Ken’s and Anjon’s were similar, at the latter I started to see how a business runs. How companies function isn’t something a 15-year-old normally considers, so this was a crucial part of my entrepreneurial journey. For the first time in my life I wondered what supplies cost, what

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 would be possible. But I also have a second family of sorts in my clients, whom I treat with the respect and attention a person is owed whenever they find they’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.

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

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 that I realized I wanted to go back to school at Georgia State. After spending years as a writer and editor, I discovered and followed my newfound calling and began practicing law after graduating from law school. After years of unparalleled grit, drive, and success in the field of law, I was fortunate enough to be able to open my own practice in January of 2018. This new venture has even allowed me to work alongside my brother, a paralegal and case manager, in what has been one of the most exciting periods of my life. For now, our plans for the future include an imminent expansion of the firm and growing the company in ways that still allow us to keep our fundamental values and operations in check.

the meals cost, and how the business was finding success. What’s more, I saw how a boss takes ownership of their role and treats it as a lifestyle rather than a job. My boss was very cordial with employees, and if he wasn’t chatting with the cooks, he was joking with the dishwashers like myself. During the rush hour, he led by example, serving customers and running orders to tables. Growing up, sometimes I didn’t realize how fortunate I was, but looking back, both of those jobs gave me invaluable perspectives because I was working with some people who didn’t have it as easy as I did. Even now, if something comes up, I keep in mind how lucky my family is and focus on the positives. If I had to give 14-year-old Thomas any piece of advice, it would be “Save your money!” I cannot tell you how much money my friends and I blew on video games, the coolest sneakers, and junk food. Oftentimes, I ask a client to share the names of the attorneys they’ve worked with on other cases. Almost none of them are able to muster an answer — the names of their lawyers completely lost in the tides of life’s trials. That’s when I tell them that there are a million different lawyers out there doing a million different things, but when I take on your case for a serious injury or a wrongful death suit, you’ll remember me as a man who gave you the best possible chance while shooting you straight every step of the way. If you have any fun stories about your first summer job, I always love swapping memories, especially as we head into the summer season.

“The first lesson I learned was (and is still!) worth its weight in gold: job scarcity. Growing up in Maine, you realize quickly that summer jobs aren’t easy to get, so you have to work diligently to find one.”

“I believe one person can be the face of a greater movement, and these are the everyday people — the heroes — I work for as I drive our cases forward to the fullest extent within our legal system, fighting for what’s right.”

At home with my wife Lindsay beside me, and our two children — our five-year-old son

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