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The Carolina Advocate
What They Don’t Teach You in Law School
My grandfather was a magistrate, so growing up, I sometimes got to watch him in court. I was always fascinated by the law. Tome, the attorneys were like gladiators fighting for people’s rights. I decided early on that I wanted to be in their position and help people level the playing field against large, well-funded companies. Something they don’t teach you in law school is the emotional side of the law. Everyone who walks through our door is going through one of the worst things that has happened in their life, and we’re here to help them through it. Going through all of this with them, you become emotionally bonded with your clients. You’re not just a mouthpiece and sounding board. You’re helping them hold it together through an incredibly difficult time. Working on cases, I get to know each of my clients and their families. I know who their kids are, what sports they play, and what activities they love. They become almost like family; they become friends. One of the most rewarding parts of my job is getting to build these relationships and help people. The other most rewarding part is seeing the final outcome when they’ve gotten the compensation they deserve. That’s an amazing moment. Seeing that we made a positive impact in someone’s life — there isn’t anything better.
Because my job can be intense, I try to unplug and get out into nature whenever possible. I’m an outdoors guy. I like to go kayaking and camping, and running is how I let go of any stress and decompress from anything that happened during the day. Our other attorney at the firm, Justin, and I are planning a camping trip this summer, and I’m looking forward to spending more time outside. We also go kayaking together from time to time. I feel fortunate to have so many outdoor areas so close to us.
“Everyone who walks through our door is going through one of the worst things that has happened in their life, and we’re here to help them through it.”
At the end of the day, what fuels me is my desire to help people. There’s this quote I have hanging in my office that says, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” I was in a meeting when I heard someone say it, and it instantly clicked with me. I stopped what I was doing to write it down. I’ve tried to live by these words ever since.
Ask anyone who knows me what I like to do outside of work, and they’ll tell you to go find me at a Gamecocks game. I’m a huge fan. My wife, Jade, and I are there tailgating at every home game and sporting event we can get to.
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