Champion Firm, P.C. - January 2020

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Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorneys hampion Firm, P.C.

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JANUARY 2020

WHAT’S CHANGED OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS? WELCOME TO A NEW DECADE

Ten years ago, I was working in a job I didn’t really care for. After graduating from law school in 2007, I spent two years clerking for a federal judge before taking a job at a law firm that focused on defense work. It was the exact opposite of what I do today. I started with that firm in August 2009, and by January 2010, I knew it wasn’t a good fit. I just wasn’t proud of the work I was doing. Though I already knew I wanted to work in personal injury, I started in defense to get some foundational experience. When you’re in personal injury, it helps to know the other side’s tricks. The trouble was that I couldn’t stand working at that defense firm! Back then, I focused on starting my career and getting out of that job. I was married, but my wife and I didn’t have any kids yet. In 2010, my life was completely different than it is today. It’s pretty wild to look back at all the changes over the last decade. I spent just six months at that defense firm before a better opportunity presented itself to me. I got pretty lucky and was able to switch to a really good law firm where I learned so much about the field. Almost midway through the decade, I was ready to start my own firm in 2014. I’ve always wanted to own my own business, but there was a point when I felt like it was never going to happen. When I finally opened the doors of my firm, I felt a mix of great pride and a lot of nerves. I didn’t just want to run my own business — I wanted to run the best personal injury firm in Georgia! That meant learning how to find the right employees to help run things, take care of our clients, and get them great results. Looking back over the last six years, I can confidently say we’re very successful in those areas. At home, things have also changed a lot. To start, my wife and I are homeowners! We were renting back in 2010, so being able to buy a house to raise our family was a big deal. We’ve also welcomed our kids into the world. It feels great to come home after a long day and be greeted by my kids who are so happy to see me. I didn’t know I could love

“IN 2010, MY LIFE WAS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THAN IT IS TODAY. IT’S PRETTY WILD TO LOOK BACK AT ALL THE CHANGES OVER THE LAST DECADE.”

anyone as much as I love my children. They’re my world and the best thing this decade has given me.

Reflecting on the last 10 years forces me to look ahead at what the next 10 years may bring. Where will I be in January 2030? That’s a scary thought. My sweet little children will be so much older. I’ll have a junior in high school! I don’t know anything about raising high schoolers. Thankfully, I have a few more years to figure that out. When it comes to the firm, my plan is to continue providing excellent representation for our clients. We’re pretty great today, but we can certainly continue to come up with ways to improve what we do. Over the course of the next decade, I vow to keep getting better every day. When I reach January 2030, I want to look around and be proud of what we’ve achieved.

Here’s to a bright new year and a great new decade. May you spend the next 10 years doing something that makes you proud.

–Darl Champion

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