There are not enough words in the English language to describe the overwhelming kindness that I received from Bryan's paralegal, Janet. I’m a resident of PA, but I needed legal counsel in VA. I did a simple google search and found a few places and listed amongst them was Becker, Kellogg & Berry and after reading a few reviews I gave them a call. When I called I gave a brief overview of my workers comp case and was transferred to Janet. After hearing about my heartbreaking predicament Janet was on it and said that she would get back to me. This was not the only place that I called. I contacted 5 other law firms who turned me down after listening to the brief synopsis of my case. But not Janet, she worked tirelessly to find a loophole, searching through the fine print of my case, keeping in contact with me, and calling around to other law firms in different states to see if there was another angle.
There is such a stigma around lawyers that I was nervous to even have a conversation with her about my case, but she was so helpful and reassuring that it took a huge weight off my shoulders. The other firms in the area were so dismissive that I will admit that I knew it was a long shot, but Janet had somehow given me this sense of calm and faith that she would be able to help me in some way. After talking to several people and to Bryan, unfortunately it turned out that Bryan would not be able to help me with my particular case. I really appreciated Bryan’s honesty and asked if he would be able to at least help me through negotiations to which he responded no because he didn’t want to me to lose out on any money that may be rewarded to me. Talk about an honest lawyer huh? However, my experience with Becker, Kelloog & Berry didn’t stop there.
Janet was honestly my saving grace in a tragic situation and although they were not able to represent me Janet was there to hold my hand and guide me through what probably seemed like the dumbest most obvious questions. I called her on multiple occasions throughout the process of negotiations and she was able to help me with some things that I just didn’t think to do….sometimes it was as simple as her saying to me,” You know it’s ok to call them and just ask.” More often than not I found myself calling Janet just to gain some reassurance. Like I said, the law can be extremely intimidating to someone who doesn’t understand it and who only really knows the Hollywood version of a lawyer.
Janet was on this journey with me now and sometimes the conversations were just us laughing about my insanity (over my dumb little questions or things we did) but she always took the time for my calls (she even took and after hours call from me) despite the fact that the firm couldn't help me and that meant more to me than money could ever buy. I knew that there was SOMEONE who had my back and was cheering me on even though I felt completely void of hope. I never even got to see this woman’s face but I could pick that voice up in a crowd in an instant. She calmed my nerves and held my hand at every step when she very easily could have done what the other law firms had done and simply said, “I’m sorry we will not be taking this case.” Like I said, there are not enough words to describe my gratitude towards this wonderful human. She touched my life and I will never forget the kindness that she showed me. I know that there are people out there that Janet will be able to help, but I also know that she will be there standing by your side putting her best foot forward no matter what. Thank you Janet for all that you did for me.