Smiley Law - February 2019

February 2019

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This month, our firm would like to introduce one of our newest additions to the team: attorney Sam Furman! A graduate from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Sam was inducted into The Order of Barristers, a national honorary organization, for excellence in oral advocacy. We were thrilled when he joined our team last year, and we are excited to give him this opportunity to share his story!

about helping people, but the people who need your help need it today . As someone who never wanted to be stuck in a cubicle shuffling paper, this felt like a natural fit. After passing the bar in 2016, I was lucky enough to be given a position at a large personal injury firm. While being accepted into and being able to learn from such a large institution was a great opportunity, the experience was a bit too impersonal for me. When people are injured, they have a lot of questions — most of us never

Thanks, team!

The story of how I came to call the Smiley Law Firm home has as much to do with falling in love with a town as it does with any legal accolades. Growing up in Daytona Beach, Florida, I came to New Orleans in 2008 after being accepted to Tulane University. While I was expecting life to be different here in The Big Easy, I never thought it would be so, well, delicious. I’ll admit it: Florida is not known for its cooking. Coming from the chain- restaurant dominated streets of Daytona to New Orleans was a revelation. I never knew food could taste so good! Exploring everything from well- known local favorites to the innumerable hidden gems found within this town, I knew I’d found the place I wanted to call home. As for my career after graduating Tulane, well, that was still up in the air. For a long time, I had this vague idea that I wanted to become a lawyer. I didn’t have any relatives who were attorneys, but I always found the law and politics to be interesting and knew I was good at verbal debate. More than anything, I wanted to help people. Going through my undergraduate years, I wasn’t convinced that becoming a lawyer was the best way for me to do that. It didn’t help that one of my professors referred to legal studies as “the dark arts.” After getting my bachelor’s degree, I spent some time working for a rental car company. While I can say this experience did teach me a thing or two about customer service, the main benefit was that it made me realize I wanted to go to law school. I took the LSAT and was accepted to Loyola University. I could continue to live and learn in this wonderful town.

put much thought into what we’re meant to do after the unthinkable happens. I wanted to be there for the people I was representing and do all I could to make this difficult and confusing time a little easier. I just couldn’t do that at a large, high-volume firm. That’s when I found the Smiley Law Firm. Their focus on building real relationships with the people they represent was exactly what I was looking for. The flexibility that comes with being a boutique firm lets us help people more directly. Just recently, we wrapped up a case where we helped a woman whose apartment flooded multiple times, and she had received no assistance from her landlord. It was the kind of case most large firms wouldn’t even look at, but we took it on to help this woman, and it made a world of difference to her. When I’m not at the firm, you can find me around the dog-friendly parks that make up the Crescent City, walking my goldendoodle “Tchoup.” And of course, I’m always searching out the next great spot for authentic New Orleans cuisine. I really recommend checking out Coquette on Magazine and Washington. All in all, I’m happy to have found a firm that shares my ideals of the responsibility lawyers have to help people in need. That I found such a place in a city I love is the icing on the cake.

–Sam Furman

While studying law, I began to gravitate toward the personal injury (PI) field. Unlike a lot of civil-practice areas, PI is always in motion. Not only is it

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