August 21, 2009
Meet Gale King, ColumbusLawyerFinder.com
Gale King (view ColumbusLawyerFinder.com profile)
What experiences (work and personal) help you to be a better attorney?
I had at least five part-time jobs while attending law school and running my own small business so I understand many of the struggles that people face every day. I have experienced both the pain of divorce and also the loss of my second wife of many years who died of cancer. I was a single parent for many years, and am now in a happily blended family with my wife, Cynthia. Together, we have five children. I have both the legal background and the personal insight to help my clients obtain the best possible outcome for their situation.
What made you choose your primary area of law?
People come to us when they are facing the most difficult and important decisions of their lives: having lost a loved one, planning for their heirs, accepting an unwanted end to their marriage, escaping from a bad one, or fighting for their children or their grandchildren's future. Every person's story, and therefore every case, is unique. Helping people through a rough situation is very rewarding. Many of my clients stop by years later to let me know their story turned out well.
Describe your ideal client.
Whether it involves the end of a marriage, a custody decision, the death of a loved one, or planning for one's own estate, these are emotionally charged situations. What makes a client ideal is the ability to separate any fear, frustration, anger, or sorrow over their current situation from the decisions they have to make. The attorney can only advise the client, not make decisions for them because the client, and the family, will live with the outcome. A client must be able to see beyond the current emotion long enough to decide what to do about the future, and then have the courage, determination, and patience to work with me to get there.
Describe your charitable activities.
I am an active, long-time member of Charity Newsies, a local organization dedicated to seeing that schoolchildren have new clothes, shoes, and warm winter coats at the start of each new school year, as well as school supplies. I have sold papers on Newsie Saturday (2nd Saturday in December) at the corner of Bethel and Olentangy River Road for years, raised funds myself, and volunteered at fundraising events such as the Red White and Brew Party on July 3 each year.