Mr. Lucky or "Sir Lantz's Lot" INTRODUCTION N.B. nota bene is a Latin phrase meaning “note well”. In present-day English it is used to draw the attention of the reader to a certain detail of the subject at hand. N.B. I sometimes curse too much, but you should note that we are all products of our experiences in life. Many of my developmental years were spent around loading docks, meatpacking houses, construction jobs, truck driving and boxing halls. I have tried to clean up my language, but it does not always work. You will note that these pages are filled with I, I, and I, along with Me, Me, and more Me’s. There will be no apology. What is it that you do not understand about the term “Autobiography”, “A history of a person's life written or told by
In case you are wondering how I can be so precise in my memories of trial and other events you should know that people maintained scrapbooks about my activities. Also, we had the Smith Jury Verdict Reports that detailed all cases tried in a six county area. N.B. In the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s the weekly sheet was 10 to 15 pages covering 30 to 40 cases in a six county area. After “Tort Reform” was orchestrated by the Casualty Insurance Industry in the late 90’s into the 2000’s: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tort_reform Those numbers shrunk to 1 or 2 pages and 2 to 5 good cases tried by good lawyers resulting in bad results. The Bad Guys [and the Republicans] successfully destroyed the jury system: “For the last 15 years, insurance companies, manufacturers of dangerous products and chemicals, the tobacco industry and other major industries have been engaged in a nationwide assault on the civil justice system. In nearly every state and in Congress, corporations and their insurers have waged a relentless campaign to change the laws that give
sick and injured consumers the ability to hold their offenders responsible for the injuries they cause.” This has given the insurance companies record breaking profits: http://soc.hfac.uh.edu/artman/publish/article_403.shtml Of course the plight of the seriously injured has been ignored.
TURNING TO THE QUESTION MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED OF ME, WHAT WAS YOUR SECRET??????????? ONWARD & UPWARD TO MY MISSION IN LIFE. Somewhere along the line I determined that I was Sir Lantzlot reincarnated. That I was put here to look after the “Widows & Orphans”; that is, the weaker people who needed my help. Mr. Lucky was indeed fortunate to have chosen a path that suited his idealistic nature, for I would have surely been a failure in the bleak Corporate World. Another anomaly in my life was the fact that money was never a motivational factor for me. My best theory is that when you go to work at an early age and realize you can always figure out a way to make money when you need it, money becomes unimportant. In my legal career I was motivated by helping, winning and later on, setting records. The good news is that much to my amazement an inordinate amount of money came my way. I ran my law firm on the principle that I would always treat my clients the way I would like to be treated. I also concluded that I was Jonathan Livingston Seagull: “People who make their own rules when they know they’re right . . . people who get a special pleasure out of doing something well [even if only for themselves] . . . people who know there’s more to this whole living thing than meets the eye: they’ll be with Jonathan Seagull all the way.” I DID NOT WANT TO BE PART OF THE FLOCK FIGHTING OVER SCRAPS!! I was so taken by the lessons of this book that Laura had a special solid gold necklace made for me that I wore under my shirt when I went to trial:
Later on I acquired another Good Luck Piece that I wore during trial. The Bolin twins were members of a good Catholic family that lived a few doors away in the old neighborhood. One of the twins became the Claims Manager for Hartford A & I so naturally he kept up with my career as a trial lawyer. He took me to lunch one day and after being extremely complimentary about my successes in helping people he gifted me an 18K St. Jude medal that had been blessed by his priest. St. Jude was the patron saint of hopeless and desperate cases: http://www.2heartsnetwork.org/Jude.htm
Later on I started awarding this medal at the Annual Bench & Bar Conference to the Young Lawyer who had done the most for helpless and desperate people. It would pass from year to year to the next deserving recipient. I kept various plaques in my office, e.g. “EXCELLENCE: The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” Vincent Lombardi And on the wall behind my desk: “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in.” Winston Churchill I have been told many times that I exuded an intensity and almost mystical power in the courtroom that commanded confidence and absolute belief in what I had to say. It was no doubt due to the fact that I felt that I was on the side of the angels.