Our law firm celebrated its 35th anniversary last month. I thought it might be interesting to give a little history on how the firm got started. The firm was started on Hull Street in Montgomery, Ala., on Jan. 15, 1979. I was the only lawyer in the beginning. There were two employees – a secretary and a legal assistant – and things back then were not so complicated. In fact, it was a pretty simple life at the firm in those days.
There are now 253 employees at Beasley Allen, including more than 70 lawyers. By choice, our firm operates out of one location and that’s in Montgomery. We have not opened offices in other cites or states and don’t plan to do so. While Beasley Allen has become a national firm, rather than opening more offices, we prefer to work with lawyers in other states. We have had cases in a large number of states and have worked with hundreds of great lawyers over the years.
God has truly blessed our firm and the clients we have represented over the past 35 years. We have helped lots of folks who badly needed help. We also have been responsible for bringing about badly needed safety changes in a number of areas of concern. I believe that doing things the right way for the right reason has worked for us. We have operated in that manner for 35 years and will continue to do so in the years to come.
I am thankful to have had the opportunity to start the firm and have been truly blessed to be a part of things at Beasley Allen for the entire 35 years of the firm’s existence. I still enjoy my work and especially enjoy trying cases. The firm’s mission has been “helping those who need our help the most,” and that keeps me focused and on the right path.
I learned a long time ago that lawyers need to set priorities in their lives and that includes their workplace. I believe the proper priorities are to put God first, family second and with work coming in last. I must confess that sometimes it’s hard to follow the priorities we set. Human nature tells us to reverse or alter the order of priorities and we must resist the urge to do that.
I know from experience that when you put God first, the other areas will fall in place and things become much easier to deal with. Trusting God and following His will and direction for us in all areas of our lives, at all times and under all circumstances, really works. Back in late 1978, when I had just lost my race for Governor of Alabama, was flat broke and couldn’t get a job with any of the law firms I contacted, I really learned to really trust God and obey Him. My life has never been the same once I came to that understanding. I thank God for that!
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