“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” -- Theodore Roosevelt
After sixteen years of practicing law, I finally took the plunge and started my own firm. Many have asked what led to my decision to leave the safety net of an established firm to hang out my own shingle. The answer is simple. For years I had wanted to start my own firm, but the timing never seemed right. I finally decided that the timing would never be perfect. More than that, I was tired of being one of those "cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." I owed it to my clients to provide them with the platform they needed to fully meet their legal needs. I owed it to my family to ensure that I could be there for them. And I owed it to myself to spend myself "in a worthy cause" rather than spending another moment having someone else control my destiny. So as I embark on this great adventure, I want to thank my family and friends for believing in me and every single one of my clients, all of whom decided to join me. I cannot thank you enough for your love, trust, and support.