On Saturday, 12/26/20, my dog Calvin (an 80-pound husky/collie/golden retriever mix) and I were assaulted by two pit bulls while walking in Hillsdale Park, Greensboro. The dogs injured me and two other humans who came to assist us. Calvin, in response to catastrophic injuries, did not survive. The owner of the dogs lived around the corner and was cited by Guilford County Animal Control who, upon surrender of the dogs, dropped charges against him.
I endeavored to work with one attorney for about nine months, but it proved unsatisfactory. I then consulted with Marcus Hayes. He knew the law. As unfair or despicable as the law may be, as unfavorable as it may prove to injured parties, it is the law. It is designed to govern humanity and our various venues so that (hopefully) we won’t kill one another or destroy one another’s property without paying the consequences. In my case, although I had been injured physically and psychologically and my beloved Calvin was dead, the law and an unspooling of the legal process was not likely to produce favorable results. To sue someone (the dog owner) successfully, that someone must have claimable assets. His assets were dubious, at best. I could spend lots of money and put myself through what could be a harrowing process only to come up empty-handed. Mr. Hayes presented my options professionally, succinctly, and without prejudice, remaining respectful to me as a person and to my experience, all the while holding firm as to what might (or might not) be accomplished should I sue the dog owner.
Secondly, and very importantly, Mr. Hayes understood that the law – for better or worse – is only part of a legal undertaking. People, after all, are at the crux of their legal dilemmas – their feelings and experiences before and after their incidences – and who/what they become in the aftermath. A good attorney – a humane, humanitarian attorney, which is the only kind to employ – has come to some sort of arrangement within him or herself as to the age-old question of why bad things happen to good people (and great dogs). Mr. Hayes, in tandem with having done his legal homework, has done his soul-searching homework. The answer to the question, of course, is that there is no answer. That Mr. Hayes knows this and operates from a posture of it allows him to be attentive yet objective to the emotional aspects of a case and the traumatic sorrow and disappointment of his client.
I dropped my legal pursuit. However, without reservation, I recommend Marcus Hayes. I hope I will not need his services again, but if I do, I am confident in his accomplished representation.