Bigger & Harman, APC - August 2019




DRIVER Attorneys Defending Your Right to the Road



What Mark and Tom Brady Have in Common

If you’re a longtime reader of this newsletter, you know our firm is divided when it comes to the NFL. I’m a lifelong New England fan, and Mark despises Tom Brady with all the passion you’d expect from a Seahawks season ticket holder. Which is why it’s so funny Mark shares a birthday with the Patriots’ star quarterback: Aug. 3. In fact, the more I think about it, the more I realize these two men have even more in common than their date of birth. I can think of no better birthday present to my law partner than to present him with this list. First and foremost, both Mark and Brady leave no stone unturned when it comes to doing their job. It’s a well-known fact that nobody studies more tape or prepares harder for the big game than Tom Brady. Similarly, nobody is more prepared for court than Mark. He will dive into county records and subpoena maintenance reports if it means defending a client’s right to drive. Both men are also masters of adapting to their competition. Whether it’s Brady calling an audible after reading the defensive line or Mark changing strategies to get ahead of the prosecution, neither is afraid to be flexible in a pinch. This ability to read a situation and respond effectively makes these two stand out among their peers. Beyond their own personal talents, both men also make a difference for their team. Much like Brady, Mark takes on the mantle of team captain well. He can always be counted on to boost morale here at the firm, whether it’s through his positive attitude or a well-thought-out strategy. And, just like all great leaders, these two aren’t afraid to take responsibility when the team is on the back foot. While these professional similarities are all well and good, I’d argue our birthday boys are even more similar on a personal level, regardless of how much trepidation that may cause Mark.

Both men are conscious about what they eat, with Mark being a vegetarian and Brady almost entirely giving up meat. They take their health seriously for themselves as well as for the teams they play for. And, of course, the two undeniably share a love of football, so much so that both men have been to more Super Bowls than any of their team members. Mark’s been to the big game twice — Brady nine times. Jokes aside, the greatest comparison I can make to these two men is there’s no one else I’d rather have on my team. Mark’s the closest thing to

The greatest comparison I can make to these two men is there’s no one else I’d rather have on my team.”

a star quarterback a lawyer can be, and watching his dedication and skill have taught me a great deal. Furthermore, his friendship and competitive camaraderie ensure that I always look forward to coming into the office.

Happy birthday,

–Paul Harman

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