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BY JENNIFER KURLE AND AARON MARKS

The Verdict Editorial Board invited GTLA members to share their thoughts on various aspects of the practice of law. As you might expect, the

vast majority of respondents dislike the administrative component of running a firm. Other responses, however, may surprise you.
Nick Schnyder: Five years.

so it takes extreme effort to balance all the

Tom Stubbs: 26 years.

important areas of my life.

Ryan A. Johnson: 13 years.

TLC: I have been challenged by practicing

Alex E. Seay: I have been practicing law for

with six different firms and over 700 differ-

almost three years.

ent lawyers.

Steve Justus: 3 years.

RH: Non-congeniality of other lawyers.

What's the biggest surprise you've
encountered while practicing law?

MR: Starting my own law firm-thankfully

LB: My biggest surprise is how often the cases

bers, have offered help and advice and con-

I handle end up changing my life, from my

tinue to do so.

personal relationships to my long-held views

NS: Learning to take myself out of a case and

Nick Schnyder
Schnyder Law Firm
schnyderlawfirm.com

of the world.

focus on the facts and the law.

RH: Congeniality of other lawyers

TS: Balancing family and work.

Tom Stubbs
Stubbs Law Office
stubbslaw.com

MR: The law is the easy part; the facts are

RAJ: Learning how to communicate and

the hard part.

connect with clients from very different

NS: How much emotion influences the end

backgrounds.

result of cases.

AES: The biggest challenge has been not

TS: How unpredictable judges and juries

letting my emotions guide whether to take

can be.

on a case or what the next step in a case

RAJ: That even the most experienced lawyers

should be.

do not have all the answers.

SJ: Trying to push cases forward in the face

AES: The biggest surprise at this point has

of dilatory tactics.

been just how prevalent medical malpractice
claims are.

What do you enjoy most
about practicing law?

How long have you
been practicing law?

SJ: How quickly trial practice and strategy

LB: Trying large cases to juries.

evolves.

TLC: I really enjoy being around lawyers. They

Lloyd Bell: 24 years.

What's the biggest challenge you've
encountered while practicing law?

are interesting and good story tellers.

Terrence Lee Croft: I am shocked at having
been in practice for more than 50 years.

LB: My biggest challenge has been work-life

MR: The competition, especially since a posi-

Robby Hughes: 25 years.

balance; trial law is all consuming and can

tive result usually means righting a wrong.

Michael Rafi: Six years.

monopolize every free moment of your life,

NS: Making a real difference in my clients' lives.

Participants for this feature:
Lloyd Bell
Bell Law Firm
www.belllawfirm.com
Terrence Lee Croft
CroftADR
tlc@CroftADR.com
Robby Hughes
Robert W. Hughes & Associates
hughespclaw.com
Michael Rafi
Rafi Law Firm
www.rafilawfirm.com

Ryan A. Johnson
Ryan A. Johnson, P.C.
ryanjohnsonattorney.com
Alex E. Seay
Bird Law Group, P.C.
birdlawgroup.com
Steve Justus
KurleLaw, LLC
kurlelaw.com

many lawyers, including many GTLA mem-

RH: Helping deserving folks.

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http://www.belllawfirm.com http://www.hughespclaw.com http://www.rafilawfirm.com http://www.schnyderlawfirm.com http://www.stubbslaw.com http://www.ryanjohnsonattorney.com http://www.birdlawgroup.com http://www.kurlelaw.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Verdict - Summer 2017

President’s Message
Don’t Stop Fighting: Overcoming Obstacles Leads to Record Verdict in Camden County
Amazing Things Happen When Women Get Involved!
AAJ Addresses Top Concerns with Congress
Pro Bono Representation: A Bond Forged between a Naval Officer and Trial Lawyer
3 Tips for Defeating Daubert Motions
Common Issues to Stay on Guard in Cases Involving Tortious Security Officers
The Confusing Question of Causation in Criminal Attack Premises Liability Cases
Technology: Notetaking for the Digital Lawyer
New Lawyers’ Corner: 6 Questions for Verdict
Pope Langdale: Community Investments for a Cause
Case Updates: Federal Employees Health Benefits Act of 1959
Workers’ Comp: Standard of Review — “Any Evidence” Rule
Thank You, Civil Justice PAC Contributors!
GTLA Champion Members
Welcome New GTLA Members!
Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Intro
Verdict - Summer 2017 - cover1
Verdict - Summer 2017 - cover2
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 3
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 4
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 5
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Verdict - Summer 2017 - 8
Verdict - Summer 2017 - President’s Message
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Don’t Stop Fighting: Overcoming Obstacles Leads to Record Verdict in Camden County
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 11
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Amazing Things Happen When Women Get Involved!
Verdict - Summer 2017 - AAJ Addresses Top Concerns with Congress
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Pro Bono Representation: A Bond Forged between a Naval Officer and Trial Lawyer
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 15
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 3 Tips for Defeating Daubert Motions
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 17
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Common Issues to Stay on Guard in Cases Involving Tortious Security Officers
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 19
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 20
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 21
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 22
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 23
Verdict - Summer 2017 - The Confusing Question of Causation in Criminal Attack Premises Liability Cases
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 25
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 26
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 27
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Technology: Notetaking for the Digital Lawyer
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 29
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 30
Verdict - Summer 2017 - New Lawyers’ Corner: 6 Questions for Verdict
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 32
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 33
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Pope Langdale: Community Investments for a Cause
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 35
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Case Updates: Federal Employees Health Benefits Act of 1959
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 37
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Workers’ Comp: Standard of Review — “Any Evidence” Rule
Verdict - Summer 2017 - 39
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Thank You, Civil Justice PAC Contributors!
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Welcome New GTLA Members!
Verdict - Summer 2017 - Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
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