When I started the “TruthInLawyerAdvertising.com” blog (the silly blog) I had hoped the members of the Bar who are opposed to “deceptive” advertising would join in our Don Quixote crusade to inform the public that glitzy self-serving media ads are not the best way to select legal representation in serious matters.
Unfortunately the multi-billion dollars involved in lawyer advertising, inertia by Bar Associations, governing bodies and supervising authorities have not resulted in any large ground swell of support by the legal community for our quest.
Of course I have received many private congratulations from some of my legal acquaintances but most attorneys opposed to “deceptive advertising” have been complacent and allowed the media advertisers to steal their regular clients primarily in personal injury cases under the guise that their commercials make them more qualified to handle a serious injury or death case. In reality the cost of the expensive radio, television, website, etc. campaigns put great pressure on said law firms to settle cases without going to trial and receive less than full value of the case based on the severity of the case, liability, and collectability of any settlement or verdict.
Attorney Eric Turkewitz of New York is the Don Quixote of anti-lawyer advertising in that area entitled “New York Personal Injury Law Blog” and has won American Bar Association Journal Awards for several years. He combines his critique of lawyer advertising with some promotion of his personal injury practice while I have chosen to keep the blog separate from the firm website.
Eric’s most recent featured article involved activist preacher Al Sharpton’s daughter getting a $95,000.00 settlement in a slip and fall case. He also was the source on the prior article dealing with the selection of a female puppy, Lucy Davis, being selected for exclusive membership in the highly publicized “Lawyers of Distinction.”
Keep reading Eric’s blog and our “silly blog.” More importantly forward them to not only your clients but also your friends and acquaintances. It might even result in you retaining part of your legal practice rather than losing important cases to the self-proclaimed experts.
I encourage you to buy local products and hire local, reputable attorneys!