Friedman Simon - January 2020





An Unexpected Future My Improbable Journey Into Law

When I was growing up, I didn’t think I was going to go to college, let alone become a lawyer. My father owned a construction business, and I would work with him in the summers. I found the hard work rewarding and took comfort with the idea that I could work my way up to running such a business one day. But life had other plans. My father passed away during my senior year of high school. He’d gotten sick suddenly, and our whole family was blindsided — in the end, we had to sell the business. Just like that, all my expectations of what my future would bring were washed away. It was sink or swim time; I enrolled in college. Even after I got to college, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. It felt like everyone else had this clear vision of what they were there to study, and I was just casting about. That’s when one of the mandatory classes at Arizona State University showed me a whole new world.

have expected to like in high school, but to my surprise, I loved it. So I started taking more and more classes, and, before I knew it, I was graduating with a political science degree and applying to law schools. From there, my journey to becoming a personal injury attorney was a simple one. During my second year studying to be a lawyer, I interned at a defense firm that also handled injury cases. I found the work rewarding, but more often than not, I found myself siding with the injured person. So, I switched sides and I’ve worked in the field ever since. I couldn’t be happier. In the end, I hope my father would be proud. While I wish he could be around to see me get my degree and become an attorney, I take comfort in knowing this was the best way for things to work out given the circumstances. In a way, becoming an attorney worked out a lot like a personal injury claim: I took a tragic situation and made it the best it

I’m proud to be part of a firm that embodies that mentality, where the senior partners work just as hard as everyone else — if not harder — to provide the best representation they can. This isn’t where I thought I’d be when I was a teen, but I’m glad to be here.

The class was on American

could be. This is my goal for each of my clients. Nothing will completely erase what happened to them, but we work hard to help them push forward and make a tragic situation better.

government, and I found it fascinating. Learning about the intricacies of our government and legal system isn’t something I would

“Just like that, all my expectations of what my future would bring were washed away.”

––––-Michael J. Mills



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