Becoming a trial lawyer is not an easy task. For me, it started sometime in high school after I received my pre-ACT scores. In summary, my score sheet suggested that, “the only way Mr. Remmel will ever achieve a college education is if he joins the military.” I’m confident this was not the response, verbatim. But it felt that way. I am certain the term “military” was utilized. Years before, I yearned to accomplish things people said I could not do. In a very real way, discouragement and doubt became my motivators. While I cannot condone this particular practice as healthy, “I cannot curse the road that got me where I am today.” I also believed I had the drive to succeed at anything I put my mind to. Regardless of your circumstances, drive can see you through as well. Just ask Larry H. Miller.
A lot has occurred since high school. I attended Weber State University– a college in my hometown Ogden, Utah. During my college years, I learned to work extremely hard. I took no less than 18 credit hours every semester. I attended summer semesters. I worked two part time jobs and started our family. I was active in my church service. I maintained a GPA worthy of the school’s honor roll. I graduated with a double major in only three years. My hard work and diligence allowed me the unique opportunity of attending the SJ Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah.
Law School was much of the same– hard work and long hours. It was relentless. I found it terribly frustrating. Up to this point, I had found ways to “beat the system”, to do things they said I could not. Now, I was seated amongst true scholars with impressive pedigrees. For whatever reason, my work ethic was not enough and like high school, my most sincere efforts were met with only average results. Someone moved my cheese and I doubt if any of my professors thought I would amount to anything significant in the law. For whatever reason, I was unable to secure their attention with my lengthy handwritten essays. Perhaps, they thought, he might make it on his own, in a small town, somewhere far from success.
Success too is a curious thing. We have been taught that much of what we perceive in terms of success is based on worldly things. In short, we measure one another by our tax returns or the size of our house. There are some exceptions. I have since learned to measure true success based on a person’s true character and effort. Where there is effort, coupled with drive, there is often success.
So why share all of this with you? I really want the world to know, in a very real way, that I am just the same as you. I’m not a super human (and I don’t play one on TV). I have been blessed to secure a job that allows me the opportunity to serve. I take my job as a trial lawyer very seriously. As a professional, I don’t always meet the status quo. There are times I come to the office in jeans and a t-shirt. I try to keep it real. I try to keep things in perspective. Make no doubt about it, I intend to continue winning regardless of the odds (and regardless of what I am wearing). I have been fortunate to receive several accolades for my efforts as a trial lawyer. National organizations, including the American Trial Lawyers Association, have identified me as a “Top 40 Under 40” trial lawyer in Southern Nevada. All of these plaques have meaning and yes, they make me feel good. But the most rewarding thing I have ever encountered in my professional life, is when a client expresses their heartfelt gratitude for a job well done.
So, if you are looking for something different, something outside of “average” I welcome you to give my office a try. Be forewarned, your dealings with our office might force you to think differently about personal injury lawyers. I commit to helping you, just the same as anyone else. Together, with a little effort and drive, we can change things for the better.
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