“Why do you practice law?” I was asked that question recently and had to think about it. That is shameful. I know exactly why I practice law.
Here it is for all to see.
I devote my law practice to ensuring that every client receives fairness and equal treatment during their experience with the justice system. I am motivated by my passion for individual liberty, government openness, and accountability. I firmly believe that the U.S. Constitution and the structure of our federal and state governments stand to prevent tyranny in all forms.
Every person has dignity and the right to personal liberty. While I cannot solve every problem, I can do everything in my power to protect every person I represent from what can be an oppressive, confusing, and unfair system. God gave me that ability, and I will not waste it.
If one commits a crime or breaks the law, then he or she should be held responsible. But what is criminal in the eyes of the government is not always so. And what the law means to a judge may not be right upon further review.
The key to justice is receiving fairness, from bail to jail and from tort to court. And the way to fairness is through an understanding of what the law is and how it applies to a given situation, knowing the remedies available, and presenting the case in such a way that the judge or jury will make the decision the law requires, not one resulting from bias or personal interest.
In the criminal setting, my mission is to constantly remind judges, prosecutors, and other lawyers that the United States was founded on a presumption against the government. We would rather see the government lose than see it win without having its accusation scrutinized to the fullest extent possible. If our duty as Americans was to blindly trust that police and prosecutors always get it right, then the founders would not have devoted much of the Bill of Rights to protecting those accused of criminal acts.
Civil cases are also about accountability and liberty, although they do not result in jail or prison. Our rights to property and privacy are paramount. In fact, it can be said that all law derives in some way from people’s affection for preserving what is theirs by exercising their right to prohibit interference from others. My mission in this regard is to use my skills to help people do what they have a natural and constitutional right to do: own property, start and grow a small business, and provide for their families.