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Are We Too Dependent On Technology?

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017
I’m currently representing an elderly woman who was injured in an accident. When I met with her recently to discuss her case, she brought her nine-year-old grandson with her. After we were finished talking about her case, I asked her grandson what he wants to be when he grows up. He hesitated for a moment, and then his grandmother said,… Read More

The Death of a Storyteller

Saturday, May 27th, 2017
During the summer of 1986, I attended a seminar in Chicago that was hosted by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. At the time, I was 29 years old. The seminar had been promoted as featuring the top “Superstar Trial Lawyers” in the country. The speakers included Gerry Spence, Philip Corboy, Joseph Jamail, and Richard “Racehorse” Haynes. I was familiar with… Read More

A Beaten-up Passenger on United Airlines Flight 3411

Saturday, April 15th, 2017
The first time I ever heard the word “oligopoly” was when I was a freshman in college. The word came up in my economics class. At that time, I was 18 years old (1975). An oligopoly is a market structure that is composed of only a handful of companies that together have control over the sale of certain goods or services. In contrast,… Read More

The Empathy Switch

Saturday, April 8th, 2017
Whenever I give a closing argument to a jury, I include comments about the importance of empathy. I tell the jurors that while the law does not permit them to have sympathy for my client, it does permit them to have empathy. A person who has empathy toward another person is able to develop a deeper understanding of what the other person is going through, by mentally putting himself… Read More

So Unfair Dad

Saturday, March 25th, 2017
After I published my recent article about how various local politicians, businesspeople, and former Caterpillar employees behaved after the announcement that Caterpillar was moving its headquarters to Chicago, I received an email from a man who is employed by Caterpillar in an upper-management position. For the purpose of this article, I’m going to call him “James.” James is in his… Read More