This Thanksgiving, I want to give thanks for our clients.

From time to time, people ask me how it feels to make a living off of other peoples’ suffering. Oftentimes these people are trying to insult lawyers in general, and especially those of us who work for “greedy” plaintiffs. Most of the time, I just don’t respond—life is too short for that type of thing. But when the question comes from a well-meaning person, I tell them this:

A doctor makes a living off sick and injured people. But no one thinks that a person who gets help from a doctor because they are sick or hurting is a bad person. They recognize that, while they may get better on their own, a doctor will likely make it better faster.

Likewise, someone or some company hurt the person who seeks legal help. They might be able to deal with it on their own. A lawyer will make it better faster.

No one wants to hire a lawyer, anymore than they want to go to the doctor. But our legal system is much better than settling things with pistols at high noon.

I wanted to write this now because it gives me a chance to say that I do recognize that the way I provide for my family is by doing what I can to help injured and suffering people. I hope that some day none of us are hurt or injured by another person or company, and when that happens I will gladly look for a new profession. But I am glad to be able to help those who are suffering. And most importantly, I am thankful for my clients who trust me to help them in one of the hardest times of their lives. Thank you.