Christmas Law Firm - December 2018

December 2018

T he S tart of S omething N ew We l come to Chr i s tmas Law Fi rm, LLC I f you survey a group of children and ask who their role models are, chances are that the vast majority will point to some kind of superhero. Whether it’s Superman weaving in and out of the clouds, Spiderman swinging After college, I got into law school at South Carolina School of Law, and during my first year, the professors had all of us practice trials in the classroom. That was

from one skyscraper to the next, Captain America protecting the world from evil using his special vibranium shield, or the Hulk using his super strength to bring down an entire fleet of villains, there is likely a superhero out there that can inspire every child. Kids’ enthusiasm regarding these comic book characters makes perfect sense. But when I was a child, I was inspired by a different kind of hero: the ones in the courtroom. Following my parents’ divorce when I was 3 years old, my mom went to night school to become a court reporter. Back in the ‘80s, software didn’t work as efficiently as it does now. So after my mom spent a long day in the courtroom transcribing every word spoken during the trial, she had to come home and edit those transcripts manually. I took note of how arduously she worked, and once I was old enough to do so, I earned my allowance by helping her edit at night. As I read those depositions, I closely followed the narrative of the case, paying special attention to the words spoken by the lawyers. Those lawyers quickly became my own personal heroes, and from then on, I decided I wanted to follow in their footsteps.

when I really developed an interest for trial law. Then after that first year, I had the opportunity to intern with a trial law firm, and I knew from then on that I had found the area I

wanted to focus in. It offered me the privilege of getting to help real people who truly needed it. The work is both challenging and stimulating because so many of the plaintiffs have been injured through no fault of their own. In so many of these cases, the clients were hardworking people whose injuries caused major disruptions in their lives and who were being taken advantage of by insurance companies. The satisfaction of being able to apply the skills I learned growing up and the ones I learned in law school to really make a difference in someone’s life was and still is a major reason why I am passionate about the work I do. For nearly 20 years, I’ve been able to serve as a partner attorney at Howell & Christmas Law Firm as an instrument to help these clients get their lives back. I am pleased to announce that I will continue to serve people through my new firm, Christmas Law Firm. As of June 1, 2018, our new Summerville office has been open. We are excited to officially serve the Berkeley County area, and we’re especially ecstatic to be closer to so many of our clients, which will make their commute to our offices less difficult. As my team here at Christmas Law Firm takes these new steps forward, our primary goal is to still help as many people as we can in the best ways we know how. –Gary Christmas

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