February 1, 2008
Get to know lawyers from LiamLaw.com
~ written by Phil Fulton
Why did you decide to become an attorney?
I decided to become an attorney because I thought I might like the competitive aspects of the profession. I was a high school athlete, and later an elementary school and high school coach. As it turns out, I like being an attorney because I get to help people at a difficult point in their lives. Now I channel my competitive spirit toward helping the underdog, the injured worker, against companies that may have many more resources. That’s why at my firm we do everything we can to help the worker and social security disability claimant, even services that don’t figure into compensation for you, like getting doctor’s bills paid.
What experiences help you to be a better attorney?
In 1991 I wrote what has become the leading book on Ohio worker’s compensation law. It is published by Lexis Nexis, and is used by worker’s comp practitioners, including lawyers, doctors, judges and the state. As the author, I am required to constantly update this book. Now I’m a law professor on the subject, teaching worker’s compensation law at my alma mater, Capital Law School. As a result, I have a deep knowledge of the worker’s compensation system in Ohio, and I am always on top of any changes or potential changes to the law. I’ve also benefited from my work with the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers because I get to work closely with other attorneys who, like me, care about the worker’s comp system enough to volunteer their time and energy to protect it for the worker.
What makes your law firm unique?
We are recognized for handling difficult and complex cases as well as the more routine ones. Personally, I like the intellectual challenge and look forward to unusual cases! We are also recognized as having a unique understanding of worker’s compensation law. We will take every case, regardless of the potential outcome. We only represent workers, not employers. We care about helping the injured worker get to a better stage in his or her life. We consider ourselves problem solvers for your worker’s compensation claim. The office is a caring environment – my wife even takes charge of office management issues.
Describe your personal interests and hobbies.
My wife and I have three children, all of whom are either lawyers or on the path to becoming lawyers. Our personal interests and hobbies have always revolved around the kids. Now that they are mostly grown, I really do spend most of my time on issues related to worker’s compensation. It has become my hobby as well as my work. I will admit to watching the TV legal show “Damages” with my daughter, and my wife and I enjoy discussing the newspaper over breakfast every morning.