May 2, 2008
Get to know lawyers from LiamLaw.com
~ written by Robert C. Angell
Why did you decide to become an attorney?
I came to the law as a second career, so I have experience on both sides of the table. I have been the client facing a legal maze, and I know what it is like to need someone in your corner. A legal problem may be small in the eyes of some, but it is always a serious matter for the client. I became a lawyer to assist those who are facing difficult, confusing, or unique circumstances. Since I have been the client, I never forget that each legal matter is a real problem for a real person.
What experiences help you to be a better attorney?
I have personally dealt with probate issues involving my immediate family. From that experience, I know there are not many legal issues more difficult (emotionally and financially) than probate, powers of attorney, healthcare issues, and end of life decisions. My personal experience ensures that when families trust me to assist with these matters, I treat them as I would my own family.
What made you choose your primary area of law?
I was general and trial counsel to the Ohio Departments of Health and Aging. In private practice, I have served as an administrative hearing examiner for the Department of Health and the Department of MR/DD. I know the difficult, stressful, and confusing issues that can arise for seniors and others in need of these services. And I enjoy being a problem solver.
What makes your law firm unique?
We are truly a family law firm. I practice with my son, Jeff, who serves as the Associate Attorney for the firm. My wife Elaine has worked as my secretary, legal assistant and general "go-to" person. We are a small firm and you will always deal with the same people. Your legal matter won't be shuffled from person to person. When you call, it's likely that one of the attorneys will answer your calls directly. Our firm has a comfortable, client-friendly atmosphere.
Describe your ideal client.
The ideal client is one who takes an active interest in the legal issue at hand. Open discussions and exchanges of ideas are very important in the resolution of legal matters. Aside from that, there is no “ideal” client. My clients are as diverse as the cases I handle, which is what makes the practice of law challenging and rewarding.
Describe your personal interests and hobbies.
I enjoy traveling, hiking, photography, playing music, and spending time with my grandchildren (three for now, with the fourth on the way).