My father told me: “never forget, we make our living on the tragedies of others.”
Truth is not always easy to accept. Is this virtuous? Is this honorable? Why did he say
this to me? What was his point?
Well, wisdom does not always come at first glance. My father has been a lawyer
representing individuals who have been wrongfully injured in hospitals, on the streets
and highways, at the grocery store, in the parking lot, in jails and prisons; individuals
whose lives have drastically changed because someone was not paying attention, because
someone was not doing their job, because someone wanted to get a product to the market
quickly at the expense of safety, the list and excuses go on and on. He has tried over 300
jury trials. He has won thousand dollar cases and multi-million dollar cases; his efforts
and conviction in every case, no matter what the case, is the same.
His simple comment to me was a reminder, a reminder to never lose sight of the
people we serve and the difficulties they have endured. I do not wish tragedy upon
others, but nevertheless tragedy comes, and when it so unfortunately does, I, along with
my family and colleagues at the Schlapprizzi Law Office, are honored to stand with those
who have been harmed, to tell their story, and to fight for their rights.