The Lyman Firm - April 2020

Henry Ford & Referrals We Want Your Help The Truth About Lyman Beginning a Journey Starts with Dedication to Transparency 2860 Piedmont Road, Suite 275, Atlanta, GA 30305 T: 404 267 1986 F: 470 745 0699 The Lyman Firm Newsletter TELEGRAPH Amicus Curiae 404-267-1986 February 2019 The Lyman Firm Newsletter

APRIL 2020

Hello, everyone! I hope this newsletter finds you well. First, I’m going to tell you a short, funny story, and then I’m going to ask you for your help. I heard this story on the golf course, and while I’ve not been able to corroborate it, it’s a great story, even if it’s an urban legend. For most of his adult life, Henry Ford played golf weekly with an insurance agent friend of his at the Detroit Country Club. As golfers do, they talked and cajoled for years about all manner of subjects. Money probably exchanged hands here and there. Eventually, they became inseparable partners on the course. Then, many years later, in the twilight of their golfing careers, the agent said to Henry, “You know, Henry, we’ve been playing golf together for most of our lives. We’re the best of friends. You probably know more people than I could meet in 10 lifetimes. Why haven’t you ever sent me a client?” mountains, and urban development representing ever-expanding opportunities. Being a native of North Atlanta, I have spent most of my life in this fair state, cultivating both my character and my profession as I grew up. Now, I have a distinct opportunity to help those around me in ways I hadn’t anticipated in my younger days. I lead The Lyman Firm as a proud curator of justice for the everyday person, somebody who might not have gotten a fair shake before they met me. I believe one person can be the face of a greater movement, and these are the everyday people — the heroes — I work for as I drive our cases forward to the fullest extent within our legal system, fighting for what’s right. My passions weren’t always for courtroom thrills, though. Growing up in Smyrna, I sought to chase a different kind of rush: the roar of the racetrack. I wasn’t half bad either, eventually taking my hobby for auto racing from amateur status in 2004 all the way to semi-pro in 2007. Unfortunately, like so many other things that went down along with the economy the following year, my racing career crashed in 2008. Shattered by the abrupt end to my racing journey due to a lack of financing, “In the courtroom, the courage to fight for my clients Henry, with a wry smile, looked at his lifelong friend and said,“Because you never asked me to.” G eorgia is a blue-collar state — a grassroots mix of farmland, “I believe one person can be the face of a greater movement, and these are the everyday people — the heroes — I work for as I drive our cases forward to the fullest extent within our legal system, fighting for what’s right.” comes easily, but it’s much harder for me as a lawyer to ask someone for a referral.”

from a legal standpoint. If it’s something we don’t handle, I promise you we can put you in touch with the right people — people who will take care of you. I’ve been fighting for our community for 10 years. I treat every one of my clients like a member of the family, and I’m always looking out for my own. It’s like the old saying goes: “A rising tide lifts all boats.”We’re all in this together, and we can help each other when I represent your friends or loved ones. They too will have a lawyer for life. would be possible. But I also have a second family of sorts in my clients, whom I treat with the respect and attention a person is owed whenever they find they’re backed in a corner and need help. The pleasure I get from representing good, honest people in the courtroom is unrivaled when compared to the other fields of profession I’ve engaged in life. Oftentimes, I ask a client to share the names of the attorneys they’ve worked with on other cases. Almost none of them are able to muster an answer — the names of their lawyers completely lost in the tides of life’s trials. That’s when I tell them that there are a million different lawyers out there doing a million different things, but when I take on your case for a serious injury or a wrongful death suit, you’ll remember me as a man who gave you the best possible chance while shooting you straight every step of the way. I appreciate your reading this, and I sincerely look forward to hearing from you soon. -Thomas J. Lyman -Thomas J. Lyman James and three-year-old daughter Cleo — I am fully immersed in the fun-loving, homely, and exciting life of my family. They are my foundation, and without them nothing

I began to look for a new avenue to pour my passions into.

It’s an apt story, as my profession so often requires me to face the fear of rejection and ask someone for a referral. In the courtroom, the courage to fight for my clients comes easily, but it’s much harder for me as a lawyer to ask someone for a referral. And perhaps, ironically, referrals are essential to my firm because no amount of advertising can ever be as effective as having someone recommend me for legal work. In fact, the majority of my business comes from the referrals of clients. So, we’re now to the second purpose of this letter: I’m asking you for referrals. If you know a friend or loved one who is dealing with a personal injury claim of any kind, please send them my way. One of our mantras here at the firm is that in me you have a lawyer for life. I want you to call me anytime you need anything to school at Georgia State. After spending years as a writer and editor, I discovered and followed my newfound calling and began practicing law after graduating from law school. After years of unparalleled grit, drive, and success in the field of law, I was fortunate enough to be able to open my own practice in January of 2018. This new venture has even allowed me to work alongside my brother, a paralegal and case manager, in what has been one of the most exciting periods of my life. For now, our plans for the future include an imminent expansion of the firm and growing the company in ways that still allow us to keep our fundamental values and operations in check. At ho e with my wife Lindsay beside me, and our two children — our five-year-old son As we grow older and further away from our teens and 20s, we begin to realize that life isn’t always about going fast, both literally and metaphorically. It was during my post racing downtime that I realized I wanted to go back | 1

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