I have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving in Sherman, Texas. I am most thankful that I have such a good family support network in all I do, and that my family understands what I do for a living. It is sacrifice to work all the time to be a better lawyer and do the best job possible in each case, but it puts strains and distance on your relationships. However, the relationships with those you work for and work with grow and improve and it makes a difference in the long run. I heard a lawyer the other day say how hard they work NOT to get close to their clients, and I believe this is the opposite of what it takes to win as a lawyer, especially with clients facing horrible accusations. If you truly care for your client, that caring can become contagious in the courtroom. Jurors and judges can tell when a lawyer believes in what he is talking about and when he is just going through the motions.
I am very thankful for those who have helped my practice become what it is, and helped me become the lawyer I am. I am better able to serve people because of those who gave their time and effort to improving me as a person and a lawyer, and I cannot say how thankful I am for that. As iron sharpens iron, one man sharpens another.