November 30, 2007
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~ written by David Winters
Why did you decide to become an attorney?
When I was a senior in high school I took "Business Law"--and loved it. The summer after I graduated from high school I read "My Life in Court" by Louis Nizer, a famous trial lawyer, and loved it. Always thereafter, I wanted to become a lawyer. After law school I went to the prosecutor’s office because I wanted to learn how to try cases. I still believe that being a trial lawyer is the greatest job in the world.
What experiences help you to be a better attorney?
Thirty-two years of trying cases, criminal and civil, as prosecutor, plaintiff, and defense counsel. As a result, I have the knowledge, experience, and reputation that can make the difference in obtaining a successfully negotiated settlement or winning or losing at trial. If I were a layperson, I'd want someone like me representing me.
What makes your law firm unique?
Experience and communications! When clients call my office, they get me--not the first year associate, not the paralegal, not somebody else who needs permission to give advice. I do all the work myself, because that is necessary to getting good results. My rule on client communications is simple: no news means no news--good news is delivered immediately, bad news is delivered immediately (because if I were the client I'd want to know everything that was going on at all times). If my client isn’t hearing from me, there's absolutely nothing new to tell.
Describe your ideal client.
There is no ideal client (or even typical client) in my practice. Almost all my clients are referred by other lawyers who don’t do the kinds of work I do (about 70%) or current or former clients (about 20%). Most of my clients have never had a problem before and will never have a problem again--once we have solved the problem that brings them to my office. Nearly all of these people are able to help me help them, and I view their defense as a collective effort. I am the kind of lawyer who loses sleep over clients, and I am fortunate enough to have the kind of clients as people who deserve my loss of sleep over them.
Describe your personal interests and hobbies.
Sports (participating and watching)--Ohio State football and basketball--watching my children participating in high school sports—reading (almost anything, but lots of books about lawyers and trials still)--my wife (who is also a lawyer) can’t believe I do this kind of work during the day and then come home and read about it at night and watch "Law and Order"--but, I love it!
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