In the past 35 years, I have been blessed to work in a firm whose goal and mission is to help folks who badly need help. While their needs have varied, the fact remains that each of them needed our help. Many of our cases not only helped our clients, but also the results benefited others. The recent settlement by Toyota whereby the automaker pled guilty to a criminal offense and paid a fine of $1.2 billion dollars to the federal government, made me realize how important our verdict against Toyota in the Bookout case in Oklahoma really was.
That verdict came about because of the hard work and dedication of our lawyers and support staff and the courage of two families who were willing to take on a corporate giant. It turned the sudden acceleration litigation around and I am convinced that it made Toyota realize that they had to change their litigation strategy. While the criminal plea and fine are important, the most important result of the Bookout verdict was that Toyota’s safety culture, one that put profits over safety, was exposed for the world to see. Also, as a result, victims of Toyota’s wrongdoing are now able to settle their civil cases.
God has blessed our firm and has given us the collective ability to do what we do for others. I give Him all of the credit for the things that we have accomplished through the years. I pray that the New Covenant established by the blood of Jesus on the cross will continue to be the standard of truth and justice in this law firm. My prayer is also that we will keep our focus squarely on the teachings and example of Jesus in all of the work we do as we represent those who need help and come to us to get it. I will be eternally grateful for the opportunity given to me to help others in a most meaningful way. To God be the glory!
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