"I'm a Personal Injury Lawyer and Damn Proud of It" by Stephen Abraham
My rant and why I love the practice of law.
On March 22nd, 1991 I was called to the Bar by the Law Society of Upper Canada and I have proudly called myself a lawyer since that day. I've been privileged to represent thousands of clients all of whom are facing life changing events. Whether it was a criminal defendant in my early years, or the plaintiffs I now represent in civil lawsuits, they've sought my counsel to help them through some difficult times. As I reflect on the countless thank you notes, I'm happy to say I think I've made a difference in the lives of the people I've represented.
My association with Martin & Hillyer stretches back to the summer of 1986 when the partners hired a young Bachelor of Commerce student simply to give him a summer job. Later that summer I was accepted to Law School and, as you can tell, I've never left the firm. Thirty one years with one firm is pretty unusual in this day and age but the strong work ethic and the moral compass that guides the firm has made this a wonderful place to hang my shingle.
To me, law is a calling not a job. A calling is a passion project that you genuinely care about that never grows old. I can honestly say I am as enthusiastic about the practice of law now as I was when I walked into the office on March 23rd, 1991.
Let me get a couple of things off my chest. I am a Personal Injury lawyer and damn proud of it so please don't call me an ambulance chaser! I can tell you unequivocally that no one associated with this office has ever visited people in hospital unsolicited or called people because they were the subject of some news item. We simply don't work that way at Martin & Hillyer so please don't associate the name of any lawyer at the office with ambulance chasing. Secondly, I find lawyer jokes to be offensive. I suspect you wouldn't like someone walking into your office, saying something completely offensive about you, and then simply try to laugh it off. Sorry for the rant but that's how I feel.
Of late, there seems to be a concerted effort on the part of the press to vilify personal injury lawyers. Whether it be articles about improper billing practices or questionable referral arrangements; thankfully our firm has never been associated with any of the shenanigans. Our billing practices are in accordance with government dictates as set out in the Contingency Regulation, and when you hire a lawyer at Martin & Hillyer you won't be referred out to some other firm.
When people ask me if I could do it over again what would I do, I can unequivocally say I would be sitting at my desk doing exactly what I'm doing right now. That in huge part is thanks to the Lawyers and Staff at Martin & Hillyer who have made the last 31 years such an enjoyable experience.