My grandfather grew the prettiest tomatoes you have ever seen. They were big, red, juicy and free from pests. He was a farmer of sorts. He worked at a feed store for much of his adult life and cultivated about 4 acres of land in his spare time. My grandfather could rattle off fertilizer combinations for vegetation like an offensive coordinator calling in plays. He was good – really good.
But what made him so talented?
He died over 20 years ago and as I have reflected back on my observations, I understand it all a little better now. You see my grandfather, Mr. Evans – or “PawPaw” as I called him – was a student of the game. Through years of experience and studying the Farmer’s Almanac, he knew precisely when (and I mean to the day) to plant his seeds. But knowing when to optimally sow is only one very small piece to the puzzle. PawPaw would plant crops years in advance. One year, the okra goes here, while the squash goes there, and the watermelon goes over there. And then the next year, the squash goes where the potatoes were, and the peas where the corn grew, and so on and so forth. I did not understand it then, but it is so clear now.
Just as we do representing folks, there has to be a strategy for every client. The foundation for a case plan is poured years in advance, before the offending incident has ever occurred. Years of study, experience, trial and error help to insure that cases are accepted and prosecuted in a way that puts our clients in the best position to reach their individual goals.
My grandfather tilled and prepared the soil with certain specific particularity. He watered and nurtured his crop while pruning away the excess and protecting against pests and other forces that would ruin his harvest. I look back now and appreciate all of the hard work and attention to detail that was invested into making those tomatoes as memorable as they are today.
If I were to compare lawsuits to tomatoes, I would hope that our results hold up to my grandfather’s standards.