Medlin Law Firm - January 2024

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This time of year, I usually think about what I’d like to change and accomplish in the year ahead. But it’s also a good time to take stock of the milestones we have reached and the accomplishments that marked our journey to get where we are today. I’m extremely proud of how we built our practice over time. Originally, Medlin Law Firm was just me. It was challenging in the beginning doing everything by myself, but the number of cases ramped up. As I got busier, I added others to join me on the journey, step by step. Today we have a total of six attorneys, along with our other staff members, who are all dedicated to helping the clients we serve every day obtain the justice they deserve. I’ll never forget one of the most gratifying cases when we won a jury acquittal for a man who had been wrongly accused during a capital murder case. One of the aspects that helped win that acquittal was when I cross-examined the man who ended up being convicted of committing the crime. In another case, we were able to win the release of a man from prison. I had originally represented him in 1998. At the time, he was convicted and sentenced to serve 99 years in prison. In time, we got a judgment for a Declaration of Actual Innocence for the man. With the help of the Innocence Project, we were able to secure his release from the prison system in the state of Texas. Unfortunately, he had already served 20 years, but he was very grateful to earn his eventual freedom. When representing someone, we are determined to uncover the facts and fight proactively for our clients. In another case, our client was charged with aggravated assault with serious bodily injury in

Tarrant County, Texas. He was involved in an altercation at a bar where the other party suffered a broken leg and alleged permanent disability from the injury. The Sansom Park Police Department determined our client was the primary aggressor and arrested him on the scene. At trial, we proved our client had the right to defend himself even if he ultimately won the fight. The jury found him not guilty in less than an hour. Outside of practicing law, I feel blessed to have met my wife, Yuliya. Since I was older when I got married, I wasn’t sure if I would experience having children. However, at 55, I was blessed when my daughter, Nadia, was born. I have enjoyed watching her grow. Today, the three of us have a rich life and enjoy doing many things together, including traveling and enjoying music as a family, especially concerts. I’ve enjoyed exposing Nadia to different types of music, including some of my favorite classic rock hits. It’s fun to see the music she enjoys. One of her favorite groups to listen to right now is The Beatles.

In the future, I’m looking forward to continuing to pursue my passion for representing and fighting for people who come up

against the unlimited resources of the government. It’s very rewarding to right individual wrongs — sometimes small and sometimes big. That’s why we’re here — to ensure as many people as possible receive the justice they deserve. – Gary L. Medlin, Esq. | Pg. 1

Innovative Family Movie Night Ideas LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!

Costume Movie Night Encourage your family to dress up as characters from the movie on deck for the night. It adds a layer of fun and immersion to your film-watching experience. Movie Bingo Create bingo cards with scenes, quotes, or characters from the film you’re about to watch. As you watch the movie, mark off the items on your bingo card as you see them. The first person to get bingo wins a prize.

Family movie nights are a cherished tradition in many households, offering a chance to bond over cinematic adventures and entertainment. While the classic movie night with popcorn and your go-to films is always enjoyable, why not shake things up with creative and unique ideas to make these evenings even more memorable? Here are some imaginative ways to enhance your family movie night experience. Outdoor Movie Night Take your movie night under the stars by setting up an outdoor screening. All you need is a projector, a white sheet or screen, and comfy outdoor seating. Enjoy the fresh air, watch the stars above, and immerse yourself in the magic of outdoor cinema. Themed Movie Night Select a theme for your movie night. It could be based on a film genre, a specific actor, or a series. For example, a “Harry Potter” theme could include all the movies from the series along with themed snacks and decorations. Classic Film Night Introduce your children (or spouse) to classic childhood hits or rediscover them together as a family. From “The Wizard of Oz” to “E.T.,” these movies offer timeless entertainment for everyone.

Movie Trivia Night After watching the movie, have a trivia game based on the movie you just watched. Whoever answers the most questions correctly gets to choose the next movie! With these creative ideas, your family movie nights will become even more special. Whether you’re enjoying the great outdoors, dressing up as your favorite characters, or challenging each other to movie trivia, these memorable experiences will bring your family closer together while creating lasting memories.

We’re honored to be here to support your needs and answer your questions. When our interactions with clients lead to success in the courtroom, we proudly celebrate those wins with them. Recent Wins in the Courtroom CELEBRATING CLIENT SUCCESS

Big Wins for Our Clients

• We won a jury acquittal for a man who was brought up on DWI charges with a supposed .17% blood alcohol content (BAC). However, we were able to show how the blood test was likely wrong. As a result, we saved our client from a conviction and the loss of his job. • We celebrated winning the dismissal of charges against one of our clients. The judge agreed that the police acted illegally in detaining him. Interestingly, the judge who ruled in our favor is a former police officer himself. | Pg. 2


The people who risk everything to pursue their dreams in the land of opportunity deserve the chance to be successful. Because we believe in their opportunities, we defend the dreams of defenseless immigrants. The addition of immigration as an official practice area for us came a little over a year ago. We entered the field when we saw the need for immigrant representation in our community. We feel a great sense of accomplishment when we represent those seeking asylum and businesses attempting to come and operate here in the U.S. So many of our clients have immigration issues, so we have made it one of the focus areas so we can help a more significant number of people. One group especially in need of legal support are the children in America with one parent because their other parent has either abandoned them or remained behind in their home nation. In these cases, our goal is to help them achieve legal status in our country. We have also been able to help migrant youth who, in many cases, were toddlers when they came here. Because they were so young, they became fully integrated into America. This is the only place and home they know. So, one of the best feelings is helping them attain legal status. We also face challenges in the process of pursuing legal status for our clients but work with the immigration court and the local and state family court to get an official declaration when a

child has been abandoned. We have successfully helped several people secure that.

In so many cases, people have come to the U.S. just seeking to help their families. They see a life of opportunity here. When it comes down to it, we all do what is necessary to take care of our families — and we see it as our job to support them in that pursuit.


Prepare to tantalize your taste buds with a zesty dish that combines salmon with the vibrant flavors of garlic and lemon!


• 2 lbs salmon fillets • 4 cloves garlic, minced • Juice of 2 lemons

• 2 tbsp olive oil • 1 tsp dried oregano • 1 tsp dried thyme • Salt and pepper, to taste


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1. Preheat oven to 375 F. 2. Line a baking dish with parchment paper. Place the salmon fillets on the baking dish. 3. In a small bowl, mix together the garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper. Pour the mixture over the salmon. 4. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the salmon is cooked through. Serve and enjoy! | Pg. 3

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1. We’re Proud of Our Purpose

2. How to Elevate Your Family’s Movie Nights

Cases of Note

3. Justice for Immigrants

Baked Salmon With Garlic and Lemon

4. The Gravity-Defying Trend That’s Taking Workouts to New Heights

Soar to New Heights With Bungee Fitness

In the fitness world, “bungee fitness” is taking center stage, offering an exciting and gravity-defying new way to stay in shape. The workout capitalizes on the principles of suspension training, with participants securely fastened to bungee cords, which offer resistance and support for a wide range of movements. This innovative approach allows for various exercises that engage multiple muscle groups, challenge balance, enhance coordination, and strengthen the core.

practice enhances flexibility, and the thrill of flying through the air can be a mood booster. Additionally, the resistance provided by the bungee cords tones and sculpts muscles. Safety is paramount in bungee fitness. To ensure a safe experience, it’s vital to practice under the guidance of a certified instructor who operates in a facility using high-quality equipment and adheres to safety protocols. Individuals with underlying health conditions or injuries should consult a health care provider before attempting bungee fitness. Bungee fitness is an exciting trend that offers a unique and dynamic approach to staying fit and having fun while doing it. Whether you’re an exercise enthusiast looking to add some exhilaration to your routine or someone wanting to explore a new fitness journey, bungee fitness is a trend worth exploring. Strap in and take your fitness routine to new heights with this gravity-defying workout.

A typical bungee fitness class includes elements such as:

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Aerial dance

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Core and balance training Flexibility and stretching

Cardio intervals

Despite the different elements, bungee fitness is a low-impact exercise, making it accessible to various fitness levels. The workout engages core strength, as participants need to maintain balance and control while suspended in the air, but it also burns a significant number of calories, helping with weight management. Regular | Pg. 4

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