February 2020 Newsletter: How Losing My Kidney Made Me a Better Injury Lawyer
By the time I had my kidney transplant, I had already been a lawyer for many years, but no amount of legal preparation and practice can teach you the lessons I learned when I was in the hospital. That experience — people grabbing at your wrist bracelet and sticking you with a needle every two hours, not knowing if I was ever going to see my kids again — made me a much better attorney. Now, I can relate to what my clients are going through and because I can relate, I can convey the emotions that go along with that kind of experience much more effectively to a jury.
Growing up, I never thought I wanted to be a lawyer. I thought I wanted to be a doctor, but just by chance, my dad met an injury lawyer when he was out hunting. I was going to Baylor College, and my dad was wearing a Baylor shirt. The lawyer had also gone to Baylor, and, just based on that one thing they shared, they went hunting together. That injury lawyer told my dad to have me call him up if I decided I wanted an internship.
In that internship, I saw that injury lawyers do a whole lot more than just sit in offices and file briefs. I saw that he was out investigating things and getting to know family members and that he was standing up for people, and defending their rights. I was hooked.
I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for that injury lawyer my dad met, and I wouldn’t be half the lawyer I am today without the experiences I had getting my kidney transplant. I guess some things are just meant to be…