Compton Law February 2019

February 2019 (405) 542-2529


My work is so integrated with who I am as a person that the importance of being sincere affects my life both in and out of the office.

I think that once a lawyer wavers in their honesty, even one time, whether it be with clients, judges, or jurors, it taints them. When you’re a dishonest person in general, people can sense that about you. People, especially judges, are pretty quick to pick up on those traits. When choosing to lie, an attorney loses any of the credibility they may have accumulated over the years. They become less effective in the future, and their success wanes. Once you’re marked as being deceitful, it’s almost like you’re tainted forever. It can be tremendously difficult to convince people you are trustworthy after you’ve destroyed that trust. Our profession is also heavily scrutinized by the bar association, which governs our license status and ethics. The biggest thing they look for is deceptive lawyers — ones who may have cheated, lied, or acted dishonestly. The bar association comes down hard and heavy on these people, as they should. Former president Abraham Lincoln has this to say on the matter: “Resolve to be honest at all events. And if in your judgment you cannot be

an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer. Choose some other occupation rather than one of the choosing of which you do, in advance, consent to be a knave.” Lincoln was an attorney in his time before becoming president and strove to be honest in all his dealings. I do much of the same. Being honest is paramount to my staff, my partners, my associates, and me. The value is one of our cornerstones. It’s also important for me to exhibit in my personal life, and it’s a trait I strive to pass on to Addy. Carrie and I do our best to ensure that honesty is an important part of Addy’s life. We make sure she knows she has to be honest, trustworthy, and loyal at all times, especially with us, even if it’s difficult sometimes. It’s just like I tell my clients, “Some of the stuff you have to tell me is going to be really bad, but I need to know it or I can’t help.” Addy is already such a kind person, so I have no doubt she will be truthful, too. We hope you’re just as confident with us, knowing we will represent you to our best ability and never waver from our path of truthfulness and integrity.

Many people in the court system are wary of attorneys, which emphasizes the need to be honest in all dealings. Everyone who works at Compton Law has an excellent reputation with the judges, opposing counsel, and insurance companies because we’re genuine people. Honesty is one of our core values and the reason we’ve become a successful firm. When we enter a courtroom or speak to people involved in a case, we’re straightforward, and we don’t play games. People respect that. We’ve shown that we aren’t the type of firm that cries wolf or tends to exaggerate in the cases we take. Building that trust between us and everyone else is especially important with the jury. During jury selection, one of the topics we discuss with them is honesty — why it’s vital to get facts and evaluate situations as they truly are without being deceitful. Whether it’s good or bad, the truth is always the way to go.


–Dustin L. Compton

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