Friedman & Simon - September 2019

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SEPTEMBER 2019

As the co-founder of Friedman & Simon Injury Lawyers, it’s my pleasure to introduce this first edition of our new and improved newsletter! With this publication, Roger and I want to put the personal back in personal injury law, sharing useful resources and insights from our own experiences. After all, if you’re looking to us to represent you or your loved ones, you deserve to know what we’re all about. So, what better place to start than the reason I became a lawyer in the first place? Sitting down to write this, I was tempted to give a very generic “about me” story — the kind you find on just about every lawyer’s website these days. “I went to law school because I’ve always been passionate about helping people,” etc., but that wouldn’t give you the full picture. For that, I need to delve Giving Back Why I Became a Lawyer

their world and their struggles. If anyone deserves to know the full truth, it’s the people who are being just as open with me. Growing up as the son of two Holocaust survivors is an experience defined by absence. From the time I was a young boy, I picked up on the fact that other kids had grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. It didn’t take long for me to start asking where our extended family was, and why we didn’t go visit them. I don’t remember how old I was

families, and multibillion-dollar insurance companies trying to defend their bottom line. Representing hardworking people against such powerful interests was the perfect way to use the opportunities this nation has given me to do some good in the world. In the decades since I started this journey, I can say my work has reinforced two lessons from my childhood: People face personal and family struggles every day, and I’ve seen how we all have our own way of dealing with the pain they cause. I’ve also learned just how resilient the human spirit can be, and how amazing our capacity to move forward after tragedy is.

when I learned they’d all been taken from this earth by a tyrannical government, but I’ve been processing the weight of that fact ever since.

into why giving people a voice in the court of law is so deeply important to me. I’m not going to lie. This is a story I’ve struggled to tell.

Grappling with such heavy subject matter has one silver

“I’m not going to lie. This is a story I’ve struggled to tell.”

lining: perspective. Freedom, individual liberties, and safety just weren’t things I

My parents were Holocaust survivors. It’s

not something I bring up lightly. In fact, up until a few years ago, I rarely told anyone about my heritage — I didn’t want to come off as self-pitying, and I definitely didn’t want to use it as some sort of marketing tool. So, I suppressed this defining fact of my family’s history, and every time someone asked me “Why did you become a lawyer?” my answers felt hollow. But, when I represent someone, they let me into

took for granted. As a boy I practiced martial arts to learn to protect myself — as a man I went to law school to learn to protect others. I wanted to do my part to stand up for the rights of those who might otherwise be powerless. Personal injury law was a natural choice. The work almost always involves “David and Goliath” matchups between suffering

To all those who have inspired me over the years, thank you.

––––-Edward Friedman

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