Schiller & Hamilton - June 2019



Joel Hamilton Honors His Father

My dad sold his trucking business and retired a few years ago, but somehow, he still finds himself at work every day. Needless to say, Dad doesn’t shy away from hard work, nor does he like to be idle. This feat is amazing when you consider that more than 30 years ago, doctors didn’t think he would ever walk again, much less work past retirement. In 1987, Dad sustained a severe back injury, which left him paralyzed. After a year and a half of rehabilitation, doctors told my father that he needed to accept

clients calling during some of the worst times in their lives, and because of what my dad did every day, I have the drive to help them. I’ve experienced the pain and shock of watching a loved one recover from an injury, and I know the feeling of triumph when they claw their way back. That’s why I’m dedicated to helping you and your family. Thankfully, I found a mentor turned partner who believes in these same values. Bennett Schiller and I both believe that in order to have any degree of success in our law firm, we have to create a culture of support for our Now as a father, I’m hoping to pass this lesson onto my young daughters, who are ages 2 and 4. Right now, the biggest lessons my wife Marina and I are teaching our girls are potty training and basic daily functions, but they are certainly at a fun stage. Working long hours as an attorney and as a member of the county council, I love walking through the door every evening and being greeted by two little girls who are just over the moon to see me. Their hugs and love are always special. Seeing those two girls light up with excitement and explore the world around them is always fun, but being a dad, running a law firm, and serving the county at the same time isn’t always easy. Luckily, I was raised by a father who showed me what it truly meant to be a great dad and an even better man. –Joel Hamilton community. Like my father taught me, our reputation is built on giving back to the communities that support us.

June 2019

that he may never walk again. That wasn’t Dad’s plan, and he fought as hard as he could to make his two legs work. Today, he can’t run or walk like he used to, but he found a way to make sure he could walk again. The man just knows how to get stuff done.

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During this time, Dad was also considering his next professional move. He had already

sold his first trucking business, and as he waited out a noncompete agreement, he recovered from the paralyzing back injury. Soon, Dad started another trucking business from scratch, and once again he built it into a company he could sell and “retire” from. Every day, my dad showed me what it meant to work hard and provide for your family. He did this just by getting out of bed and proving those who doubted him wrong. Dad taught me that building a business involves establishing a reputation and caring for your customer. As personal injury attorneys, we often have



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