First, I must tell you that I do not consider myself a typical attorney.
One of the most common complaints about attorneys, in general, is that they never call you back. And then, when/if they do call, they are not familiar with the facts of your case.
That is not who I am. I am not taking thousands of cases. I do not have hundreds of paralegals. I believe in personally handling all aspects of each person's case with the time, diligence and attention that it deserves.
Another common complaint about attorneys is that they do not keep you informed about what is going on in your case.
Again, that is not who I am. When a client asks me what is going on in his/her case, I believe that "nothing" is an unacceptable answer. I also believe in regularly providing my clients with a status update of what has transpired in the case as well as what is expected to occur in the near future.
Next, believe it or not, I often hear complaints that someone's attorney simply is not doing anything.
That is completely unacceptable. Regardless of the type of lawsuit, the discovery period is for a limited amount of time. During that period, depositions may be taken, examinations performed, experts retained, written questions asked, documents requested, etc. I believe that every day of the discovery period should be utilized to further strengthen your case. Even if you want to settle the matter, it is important to put yourself in the strongest position possible prior to settlement negotiations in order to maximize your settlement.
I also often hear that attorneys pressure their clients into taking a settlement agreement.
That is also against everything that I believe in. It is important to remember that it is the client's case, not the attorney's case. I will always lay out all of the options and give my honest evaluation/ recommendations, but I will never pressure a client into anything.
Lastly, for your consideration, I uploaded my judo Kata (demonstration). Judo taught me many lessons, including to obtain maximum effeciency with minimum effort. In other words, do not try to stop your opponent's force, but rather use your opponent's strength against him to defeat him. Judo also teaches you strategy to think many steps ahead of your opponent, rather than to react. This is very similar to chess. Finally, judo gave me the never give up/practice makes perfect attitude. Hard work and dedication truly do get you good results, not only in judo and law, but in life.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Member||Golden Key Honor Society||1999|
|Associate||Law Office of John Tierney||2005 - Present|
|Legal Intern||New York City District Attorney's Office||2003 - 2003|
|Legal Intern||Judge Laura Jacobson||2002 - 2002|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|New York State Bar Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|New Jersey State Bar Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|Golden Key Honor Society||Member||1999 - Present|
|National Criminal Justice Honor Society||Member||1999 - Present|
|Bouncer injures bar patron||Settled prior to Trial|
|Trip and Fall inside Dunkin Donuts||Settled pre-litigation|
|Kozma v Starbucks, et als.||No Cause Award on damages, upheld by the Appellate Division.|
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|Hofstra University School of Law||Law School||Juris Doctorate||2004|
|St John's University||Criminal Justice||BS - Bachelor of Science||2001|
|New Jersey Mock Trial Semi Finals at Lafayette College||Mock Trial Judge - Criminal||2011|