After a respite of about 3 months for a hip replacement, hand injury and a non-invasive procedure for the problem that all males over the age of 50 incur during their lifetime, I am now ready to return to the rigors of a trial practice and to reinstate the “truthinlawyeradvertising.com” blog. Said blog has received praise from many of the traditional non-media advertising lawyers and criticism from the radio, television, and website advertisers who often overstate their ability, often engage in deceptive practices and do not achieve full value settlements or jury verdicts for their clients because of their extensive advertising budgets.
When I started the blog I was well aware of the risks involved in the changing legal environment since the U.S. Supreme Court made its ill-fated decision in 1978 in Bates by a 5-4 vote to allow lawyer advertising under the guise of the “public’s right to know” to find a lawyer.
The purpose of the blog was and will continue to be the dissemination of truthful and non-deceptive information about the subject of lawyer advertising that will allow any potential client to make an informed decision as to who they should select to represent them or a loved one in the field of personal injury, bankruptcy, social security or criminal law which seem to be the areas involving the most coverage in lawyer advertising.
After some unsuccessful attempts to control the use of deceptive advertising several state regulatory bodies have abandoned most efforts to control often false and misleading representations as to quality of attorneys legal services, fairness of verdicts or settlements, and other factors that enter in to whether a client received a fair and just result in their case.
On a personal note, criticism of the blog by a few of the largest radio and television advertisers has resulted in the blog being banned from dissemination to the membership of one of the lawyer associations in the State of Tennessee
I still support the group now and will do so in the future but will not abandon my beliefs that the advent of lawyer advertising since 1978 benefits only insurance companies, insurance defense lawyers, advertising agencies in several areas, and some lawyers who misrepresent their credentials and accomplishments and do not have the best interests of the clients that we have taken an oath to represent.
The blog is back! If you believe it is truthful, beneficial and helpful in your law practice send it to as many individuals or organizations possible. I grant you permission to claim credit for its contents in any way!
Here is the next blog entry on the resurrection of Avvo in New York State!
I encourage you to buy local products and hire local, reputable attorneys!