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Lawyers are people too

by Maren Swanson

Don’t believe all the lawyer jokes. I am proud that most lawyers are caring human beings who are concerned about their clients as people and not just about making a living.  And I am proud that the law sometimes does offer people a real remedy for injustice.

Two of my proudest and happiest professional accomplishments were avoiding litigation entirely in one case, and winning another case that was based on false allegations of child abuse:

  • Early in my career, I told a young wife who couldn’t deal with her husband’s alcoholism any longer, though she loved him, about a process called “intervention” which might be used to get him into treatment. I was delighted to hear from her a year later that she had organized an intervention, her husband had completed treatment, and their marriage was back on track.
  • Later, I represented a young father in a successful battle to win custody of his 3-year-old daughter after he was falsely accused of child abuse by the mother, as a tactic to get the child back after the mother had abandoned the child for over a year.

A few years ago I started practicing collaborative family law, an approach based on a commitment not to go to court, to be respectful and honest in settlement negotiations, and to cooperate in resolving issues to achieve the best possible result for both parties and their children.

These are just a few examples of the good that attorneys can do for their clients. I would be happy to speak with you about your legal needs. Contact us today to schedule a free half-hour consultation.

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