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Chute O’Malley Knobloch & Turcy
LEARN TO DO RIGHT; SEEK JUSTICE Fighting for the Underdog
There’s a Bible quote I have framed in my office:
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“Learn to do right; seek justice. Take up the case of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” Isaiah 1:17 I’ve had it for the last 10 years. It’s a reminder of what I set out to do every day: fighting for people who have no possible way to do it themselves. I’ve known since high school that I wanted to be a trial lawyer. I’ve always enjoyed public speaking and debate. When it got down to what type of law I would practice, I knew I wanted to fight for individuals, for the environment, and for the underdog. I’ve represented hundreds of people in environmental cases against corporations poisoning their neighborhoods and giving their kids leukemia. I’ve represented wives who are left trying to pick up the pieces for their kids after their husband is killed. Recovering funds for someone who has been maligned by a bully gives me purpose in my work. I can’t stand bullies — people who use their power and might to overwhelm others. With our work, we represent the underdog, and we get to throw in with our client. By doing so, we let them know, “I believe in you. I believe in your case.” It’s so much more personal and rewarding. Every case is important to the person who hires you. They’ve likely never been in this situation before, and they probably won’t be in it again. To that person, this is the biggest case in the world because it’s their only case. As lawyers, we have to look at each case through that lens.
attention we knew they needed. When we all came together to form this firm, we came with the intention of getting back to the roots of caring for each person, visiting their homes, and getting to know them on a personal level. It allows us to do their case justice. Outside of work, I spend most of my time with my kids. I have a 14-year-old, a 12-year-old, and a 5-year- old. I coach kindergarten soccer and stay involved in their activities. Until I was 35, I was an amateur boxer. Those intense workouts — training, sparring, and boxing — were my relief. I’m too old now to keep taking the punches, so now I lift weights, bike, and run to stay fit and decompress. In case the Bible quote didn’t tip you off, I was raised in a very Irish Catholic family. I attended a Catholic high school, and in this culture, my career outlook was born. It’s one thing to have a profession, but it’s not enough just to make money. You want it to do some good in the world. You have to find a higher purpose in what you do. My brother is a surgeon, and he was raised the same way. Making money for Ford or Farmers Insurance doesn’t have the same purpose as winning a case for a kid whose father was killed because a corporation didn’t follow the rules. It’s the same for all of us here at the firm. We fight for the underdog.
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The firm that Tom, Phil, Mike, and I all came from was huge. It was difficult to give a client the personal
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