Law Office of James R. Snell,Jr. November 2018

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Our Experience With Personal Injury Cases

Yes, We Do Car Accidents

We recently helped two clients facing criminal charges, who told us the same thing after the resolution of their cases. Years before we met them, and

independently of one another, both of these clients were injured in car accidents. Not knowing what to do, they called one of those attorney’s offices with massive, cheap-looking billboards and annoying TV jingles. When they were facing more serious legal matters, though, they did a little more research and ended up working with us. The compliment we received from both of these clients was to the effect of,“Wow, I wish I knew about your firm when I was in my car accident.” For whatever reason, we get these kinds of responses all the time. I don’t know if that’s because people just don’t think that a firm would do both criminal defense and personal injury cases, or if it’s the result of people choosing the first personal injury attorney they see, but I want to make it clear that we do both. And I’d like to think we do both pretty dang well.

“I don’t know if that’s because people just don’t

think that a firm would do both criminal defense and personal injury cases, or if it’s the result of people choosing the first personal injury attorney they see, but I want to make it clear that we do both. And I’d like to think we do both pretty dang well.”

Let me give you an example. One of our clients was hit by a driver who claimed that they only had “a few drinks.” While his criminal case was dismissed because of a technicality, our client still pursued the maximum possible payout. We gained access to the at-fault party’s blood- alcohol level results from the scene of the

Over the years, we’ve been lucky enough to develop a reputation as one of the most experienced DUI defense firms in the state of South Carolina. I even co-authored “South Carolina DUI Defense: The Law and Practice” with nationally renowned DUI expert James Nesci. Sometimes, clients assume that because we work hard in this area, we’re not

accident. Based on those results, a “few drinks” was probably closer to 20. That’s the sort of hard work and personal attention you won’t get from the turn-and-burn firms that promise to resolve your claim as quickly as possible.

suited for car accident claims involving drunk drivers.“If they defend people facing DUI,” the thinking goes,“how are they going to go after the drunk driver that hit me?” Well, let me tell you how we do it and why our experience in DUI defense is an advantage rather than a disadvantage. Criminal DUI defense is all about evidence. It’s about scrutinizing everything possible to assess whether somebody was actually operating a vehicle under the influence or not. That same investigative approach can pay dividends if you’ve been hit by a drunk driver. If we can prove the person at-fault in your accident had been drinking, the damages that they pay you could increase significantly.

There are times in life when convenience is paramount. If you’re facing legal issues, whether they’re criminal cases or personal injury claims, this is not one of those times. In closing, let me adopt my best TV lawyer voice and say,“If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, leave the jingle bells to Santa and work with a firm that will give your case the attention it deserves.”

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Terrifying Turkey Treatment

a tasseled hat and oversized sunglasses on the fowl to complete the look. Fortunately, Chandler enjoyed the sight enough to declare his love for her for the first time ever. ‘WKRP IN CINCINNATI’ This show about a fictional radio station aired a famous Thanksgiving episode that culminated in 10 unforgettable words: “As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.” In the episode, Carlson plans a secret Thanksgiving promo to prove his worth: dropping live turkeys from a helicopter into a shopping plaza to celebrate Thanksgiving. As the scene unfolds, a news reporter narrates, and the hellfire of turkeys plummeting from the sky prompts him to cry out,“Oh, the humanity!” ‘NEW GIRL’ In this episode, Jess asks a coworker to join her Thanksgiving celebration at the last minute, not realizing that a turkey takes several days to prepare. She’s forced to use unconventional methods to thaw out the turkey three hours before her date arrives. Jess starts by hugging the fowl to her body to melt it with her warmth. When that doesn’t work, she throws it into the dryer, explaining that she “put it on permanent press.” Whether viewers anxiously await the newest holiday episode of a series or rewatch one that has aired every year for the last decade, it’s comforting to know that not even our favorite characters can escape the pandemonium of the holidays. 3 Famous Thanksgiving Episodes That Feature Ruined Turkeys

There’s no shortage of Thanksgiving-themed TV episodes. Viewers love to see their favorite fictional characters sit down at the dinner table and fill their plates with gravy-covered deliciousness year after year. However, in both fiction and the real world, Thanksgiving is never a perfectly jovial time. Avid fans may be reminded of their own annual experiences as they watch their favorite characters navigate the chaos of the holiday. Despite the mayhem that inevitably ensues, families are usually able to put aside their differences to share in the true centerpiece of this holiday celebration: the turkey. But what happens when the turkey itself falls prey to the strife that accompanies Thanksgiving? Here are three hilarious Thanksgiving TV episodes that feature strange, wild, or downright incredible turkey-themed incidents. ‘FRIENDS’ According to fans, the most memorable of this show’s many hilarious episodes aired during season five. In this episode, Monica attempts to cheer up Chandler by sticking her head inside an uncooked turkey. She then places

Leaving the country when you have prior convictions can be a difficult task. For those who need to cross a border for work or visit family, their records can present serious problems. When our current and former clients need help entering Canada, we point them toward Marisa Feil, a Canadian immigration attorney. Marisa specializes in securing temporary residence permits (TRPs), which are commonly referred to as travel waivers, for Americans hoping to travel north of the border. “Jim Snell and I have worked together to help many of his clients travel to Canada legally,” Marisa says.“The very fact that he looked me up and reached out when his clients were in need proves how resourceful and professional Jim and his team are.” We found Marisa through her affiliation with the National College of DUI Defense (NCDD). Jim and Vicki are both members of the NCDD, where Marisa serves as an expert. When we first heard about her name and practice, we knew she could assist our clients, so we reached out to her. Over the years, we’ve built a great relationship.

As a native Canadian, Marisa understands the complexities of Canadian immigration law better than we ever could.“I worked for the largest immigration law firm in the country,” she recalls. “During my time there, I recognized a need for people trying to secure travel waivers that wasn’t being met. That’s how my firm was born.” Speaking of those complexities, Marisa notes that recent changes in Canadian law may make it harder for some Americans to travel freely.“We just legalized marijuana and are in the process of increasing punishments for DUI offenses. That could make it difficult to secure a waiver on your own, so it’s important to work with an attorney who can help you navigate the process.” We can think of none better than Marisa Feil. If you could benefit from her services, we encourage you to visit Thank you, Marisa, for being a valued friend and colleague of our firm and clients.

Attorney Marisa Feil

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How Thanksgiving Became a National Holiday Sarah Hale

Thanksgiving is one of the most popular holidays celebrated throughout the United States. One of the first documented Thanksgiving celebrations took place in 1621 when Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared a feast together. But the banquet, which celebrated the colonists’ first successful harvest, wasn’t just one large meal, nor did it last for only one day; in fact, the feast lasted for three days. In later years, Thanksgiving also lasted for longer than a single meal. During the time of the American Revolution, the Continental Congress chose several days throughout the year to celebrate giving thanks. Then, in 1789, George Washington made the U.S. national government’s first Thanksgiving proclamation. He used this to speak to his fellow American citizens about the Revolution’s satisfactory conclusion and encouraged them to show their thanks for the freedoms they gained.

Thanksgiving became a national holiday more than 200 years after its first celebration. It gained this status largely due to the persistence of a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale. Hale was a successful magazine editor, prolific writer of novels and poems, and author of the famous nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” which was first published in her 1830 collection entitled “Poems for Our Children.” In 1827, Hale began a campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. For the next 36 years, she wrote numerous editorials and countless letters to state and federal officials expressing her desire that it gain official status. In 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln finally declared it a national holiday, hoping that it would help heal the wounds of the country. Lincoln decided that the holiday would take place on the last Thursday of November. It was celebrated on that day until 1939, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving a week earlier in the hopes of increasing retail sales during the Great Depression. However, this plan was very unpopular, and in 1941, the president reluctantly signed a bill making Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November. Without the efforts of Sarah Hale, we might not have the pleasure of the Thanksgiving feast we know and love to this day. This year, give thanks for family, good food, and the resolve of one woman who recognized the importance of Thanksgiving as a national holiday.


Spicy, Creamy Sweet Potatoes Sweet potatoes are a Thanksgiving staple, but they’re often the blandest thing on the table. Luckily that’s not the case with this recipe, which features Thai spices and coconut milk.

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1/2 cup dark brown sugar

5 pounds sweet potatoes

2. All other submissions are entered in a drawing to win a second $15 gift card to Starbucks. 3. The funniest wrong answer will be chosen by Caitlyn and will also win a $15 gift card to Starbucks. All entries must be sent to Caitlyn by Friday, Nov. 16, and the winners will be announced in our next edition.

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 cup canned coconut milk

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste


1. Heat oven to 375 F. On a large sheet pan, bake potatoes until very soft, approximately 75 minutes. 2. Let potatoes cool until they are safe to handle, then peel and mash. 3. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine coconut milk and curry paste. Once mixed, add the mixture, salt, half the sugar, and half the butter to potatoes. 4. 30 minutes before serving, heat oven to 425 F. Spread potatoes in a baking dish, cover with foil, and bake for 20 minutes. 5. Uncover potatoes and dot with remaining butter and sugar. Broil until brown, crusty, and delicious. Serve hot.

Last month’s winner: Greg Cantrell

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Inside this Issue

We’re More Than a Criminal Defense Firm PAGE 1

Don’t Eat Thanksgiving With These TV Characters Spotlight on Marisa Feil PAGE 2 How Thanksgiving Became an Official Holiday! Spicy, Creamy Sweet Potatoes PAGE 3

The Snell Team Gives Thanks PAGE 4

As we approach Thanksgiving, you’re probably reflecting on what you’re grateful for this year. Our team is doing the same, so it’s only fair to provide everyone a little space to express their thankfulness in the newsletter. It’s been an incredible year for Snell Law, and all the credit for that goes to our clients. So before we get to individual thanksgivings, let us voice our appreciation to each of you. We are lucky to work with the best clients in the world and we are humbled and honored to serve you. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for trusting us with your cases.

And now, without further ado, here’s what our team members are thankful for this year.

“I’m thankful for the office and my wife, Lee. Additionally, I’m thankful for everyone here that goes out of their way to help our clients — and, of course, for our clients themselves.” –Jim Snell “I am thankful for my family, the employees at the firm, and the opportunity to travel, especially to Europe.” –Lee Snell “As always, I’m thankful for my family. I have incredibly supportive parents, who have taught my brother and me the value of hard work.” –Vicki Koutsogiannis

“I’m thankful for my husband, our sweet daughter, and our loving families.” –Caitlyn Lovette “I’m thankful for a wonderful family, including my soon-to-be husband. Oh, and I can’t forget my fur babies, who bring me so much joy.” –Emily Jones “I’m thankful for my loving husband and my new job.” –Tammy Broome Tammy just joined our firm recently, so we have to give thanks for the latest great addition to our team. Welcome aboard, Tammy. We hope you’re just as grateful to be here as we are to have you.

What We’re Thankful for This Year Hint: Our Clients!

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