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A lot of people have a picture of lawyers toiling away alone on a case long into the night, just as they have an image of a farmer sweating over his crops, making or breaking it only by his own sweat. Neither of these images are particularly accurate. The fact is, people who work on things by themselves often don’t succeed at what they do. Or, maybe more accurately, most things require a team approach. That’s certainly true of law and agriculture. When we handle your case, it’s not just me or whichever attorney you’re working with. We have a crack team here who are skilled and capable, and we depend on them to get results. Things can get muddy in the legal world, too, but the great people on my team are there to help each other out. Without that team in place, we wouldn’t be able to do the work we do. Whether it’s helping with filings or just bouncing ideas around, working as a team leads to success. The picture that accompanies this article is a perfect example of what I’m talking about. It’s from a wet autumn on the farm in upstate New York, and those are the Russian tractors my father and grandfather bought after trade restrictions were lifted. If it looks like one tractor is helping the other one, it’s because that’s exactly what’s going on. It gets so wet and muddy up there that you’re bound to get stuck in the mud. And when that happens, whether it’s on the farm or on a legal case, it’s good to have a helping hand.
WHEN THINGS GET MUDDY (IN LAW & LIFE) ... IT’S GOOD TO HAVE A HELPING HAND
As many of you know, I grew up on a farm in upstate New York. I recently returned for Thanksgiving and was reminded of how wet and muddy fall gets up there. It brought back a lot of memories, as did the sight of my father putting in a hard day’s work whenever he got the opportunity. A farmer’s job is never done, and he works odd hours when needed. Even when he’s asleep, the crops are still growing and “work” is still happening.
Legal cases are very similar. Sure, we have regular office hours. But we’re also always working on the case, because we can’t turn our brains off at the end of the day when we go home. And thinking about the cases we handle is what we’re really paid to do. Just as the crops grow when the farmer’s eating dinner or driving to get supplies, our case grows while we navigate the commute or make a grocery run.
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