I recently visited a friend of mine who has her own law firm. I was extremely happy for her. She took a huge and fruitful step in her career. She has a lot to be proud of. Yet, I was a bit concerned about her at the same time. She has only been out on her own for three months and already looks ragged, hardly sleeps, and is becoming very forgetful. She jokes about the amounts of stress she is under and how she has to take sleeping pills to get some rest.
When most people think about hiring personal injury attorneys, they picture learn more sitting at their desk counting money. Because that’s the stereotype-lawyers want money and they want lots of it. And sure, that might be the case for some PI attorneys. But certainly not all of them. By doing a bit of research, you’re sure to come across a lawyer who cares about more than just money. An attorney who has built his practice on treating people the way he’d want to be treated. And to make things easier on you, he’ll provide a free initial consultation. This will help build trust, as well as make sure you have a case worth moving forward on.
We “gurus” are expected by our clients and employers to jump over, under, around or through whatever limitations we’re presented with – including those imposed by lawyers. Our job is to transform the seemingly impossible into something that’s both doable and profitable.
Government liability is determined by the law of the state where the act or omission occurred. 28 U.S.C. 1346(b); Richards v. United States, 369 U.S. 1 (1962). The Government’s liability is “in the same manner and to the same extent as a private individual under like circumstances … .” 28 U.S.C. 2674.
If I were counseling a young person, or a mid-lifer about getting into this arena, I would ask one first big question. “Does this world appeal to you?” If you hate Employment Lawyers, don’t get into it. If you are constantly throwing off the world of order and rules, don’t bother. If you have a sales personality and want to let your personality expand, don’t get into it.
Thirty years ago this guy would have been fired. No questions asked. Incompetence was not tolerated. But today, employment law is big money, and incompetence seems to be rewarded with promotions. Driven by fear we seem to be living in a topsy-turvy world which is even worse at the executive levels. I’ve personally had bad managers pawned off on me only to find that they were the laughing stock of the industry. Lawyers have made it impossible to tell the truth about a former employee, and as a result, most new hires are becoming the rotten egg that gets passed from one place to another.
When confronted with a bad seed, document every mistake. Act fast, and keep your company lean. Do not act from fear, act from a strategic position. You’ll be happy and so will your staff. Winners like to work with winners.