REALLY GOOD LAWYERS IN ARKANSAS – don’t tolerate even “small” lies.

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This will probably come as a surprise to no one, but there are lawyers that are untruthful. They will skirt the rules of ethics when dealing with opposing counsel and lie to their co-workers, employees, partners, and even clients, for financial gain and/or to feed their egos. I believe this is a conditioned behavior. Such lawyers simply do not recognize that integrity is like a boat, and with each act of dishonesty a small hole is punched into the hull.  At first the boat sails on, as it is watertight for the most part, but over time no amount of bailing will keep it afloat.  Such lawyers are destined to eventually fail in one aspect or another of their lives.  A good friend of mine recently sent me this article …which is right on point:

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An attorney’s integrity and reputation for honest dealings is far more important than money. Self-serving lying lawyers gradually burn bridges with those around them until there is no where to go ….because there is no bridge left. They end up on an island with those who still pretend to respect them – convinced that they are still respected …because they cannot even be honest with themselves.

-bruce

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THE BEST NWA PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER – (in his own mind)…. that you may NOT want to hire!

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The other day I was reading an article I found online by Ann Bittinger entitled Disarming the Narcissistic Attorney.  It is an insightful essay on how attorneys should deal with other attorneys afflicted with narcissistic personality disorder.  However, it really  made me think about how sad it is when people facing very real and very serious problems entrust their cases to such attorneys. That is because, as Ms. Bittinger points out, attorneys are supposed to advocate for their clients.

True advocates put the interest of the person for whom they advocate ahead of their own. Thus, when we take a case, the client’s interest comes first. While a self-absorbed attorney often has trouble with this very simple concept, a narcissist finds it impossible. That is because the client and the client’s case are merely vehicles by which the narcissistic lawyer feeds his or her constant need for admiration.

Ms. Bittenger writes, “[t]he narcissistic attorney is the direct opposite of the attorney advocate. We are all familiar with the stereotypical narcissistic attorney: puffing his chest, bragging about his cases, his achievements and at the same time insulting and deflating those around him, including partners, associates and even the client. The narcissistic attorney must keep inflating his ego and perceived persona, like a balloon, while behaving in a way that deflates the behaviors of those around him.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, a narcissistic personality disorder can include these features:

  • Having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
  • Expecting to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it
  • Exaggerating your achievements and talents
  • Being preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate
  • Believing that you are superior and can only be understood by or associate with equally special people
  • Requiring constant admiration
  • Having a sense of entitlement
  • Expecting special favors and unquestioning compliance with your expectations
  • Taking advantage of others to get what you want
  • Having an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others
  • Being envious of others and believing others envy you
  • Behaving in an arrogant or haughty manner

Do any of the foregoing describe someone you initially admired, or wanted to admire you, only to later despise as their true narcissism became evident?  We have all encountered a narcissist and many of us are forced to encounter them everyday for the sake of a paycheck!

When you are trying to select the right attorney, who will truly put your needs ahead of their own, then you should at least make a mental check list to take into the initial conference with the lawyer.

  • Does the attorney whom you actually wanted to see, pop into the meeting to be introduced but then leaves you in the hands of other “staff” in the firm to get the details?
  • Does the attorney make statements such as, “oh we’ve handled cases just like yours half-a-dozen times successfully” (often asking a member of his or her staff to confirm his or her boast)?
  • Does the attorney casually tell you of some “really important” thing (or things) he or she has recently done?

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Keeping in mind that a narcissist usually makes an impressive first impression and surrounds himself with only admirers, if everything you see and/or hear is a little over the top with respect to “how great we are” or “how great he or she is,” – you might want to visit a few other attorneys before signing a contract.

Trust is extremely important when it comes to finding the right lawyer. If you genuinely trust the attorney, then others will, too. (That can be really important when it comes to a jury trial.)  If you have reservations regarding this …then others will, too.  Find a true advocate by trusting your instincts.

-bruce

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IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO HAVE FALLEN IN SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY …LIKE MY GREAT UNCLE WOODROW.

This Memorial Day I will honor a man I never new.  My great-uncle, Woodrow Rainey.  He was the spitting image of his older sister, my beloved grandmother, and is my younger bother, Woody’s, namesake.  He was killed by a Kamikaze on March 26, 1945, at age 29, and was buried at sea.

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Monday, March 26, 1945
Kamikaze Attack near Kerama Retto
Departing San Pedro Bay March 21, for radar picket duty off the Ryukyus, Kimberly was attacked March 26 by two Vals. … Despite accurate antiaircraft fire and numerous hits, one enemy plane, trailing fire and smoke, crashed into the aft gun mounts killing 4 men and wounding 57. … Kimberly cleared the area April 1 for repairs at Mare Island.

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If he was anything like his father (my great-grandfather), whom we called “Dad Rainey”, the world lost a fine young man on March 26, 1945.

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Thank you great-uncle, Woodrow. Rest in peace!

-bruce

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WHEN INSURANCE COMPANY SLOGANS DON’T APPLY TO YOU

The other day I telephoned a property damage adjuster at Nationwide Insurance Company who had previously made an offer on my clients’ totaled van.  The adjuster had been communicating directly with my clients before I became involved. The family believed the offer was too low and I agreed to get involved with the property damage claim.

I punched in the adjuster’s telephone extension and immediately heard a voice-mail from a rather impatient sounding woman. She identified herself as a “senior property damage claim’s specialist”  and told me to leave my name, phone number and the claim number.  She then instructed me to leave a message with sufficient detail that she would know exactly why I needed to speak with her.

Just before the beep signaling that I start my message, she said, “and remember, Nationwide is on your side.”  WHAT?   DID SHE REALLY JUST SAY THAT?  I immediately thought of all the folks who had been hit by people with Nationwide Insurance that were calling to discuss the dollar value that  was being offered for their totaled cars.  She was telling them that her company was on THEIR side …when nothing could be further from the truth!

I’m writing this to remind everyone that, following an accident, the at-fault driver’s insurance company’s slogans do not apply to you!  As a matter of fact, the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier wants one thing;  you and your claim to go away.

  • So, if the driver of the car that rear-ended you at an intersection has State Farm, State Farm is not YOUR “good neighbor.”
  • If the driver had Allstate, Allstate is not holding YOU in its “good hands.”
  • And, if the damage was done by someone with Nationwide Insurance, Nationwide is not on “YOUR side.”

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