Not trying to brag or boast or “holier-than-Thou” anyone, but I just need to say how proud I am to be part of a personal injury law firm that doesn’t see money as the be-all-and-end-all of the practice of law. And yes, there are plenty of personal injury firms that do. Not us. Not Michaels & Smolak. We are damn good at what we do, second to none, in the personal injury litigation field. Our results are outstanding. Look us up. Ask around. You’ll see. But besides being damn good at what we do, we also try to be just plain “good”. And sometimes folks notice and we end up getting awards for it. Like the one in these recent photos:
Call us old-fashioned, but we still see the practice of law as a service, not just a money-making machine. We treat each client as a human being, whether their case is large or small, whether we stand to make lots, or little, or no money at all representing them. I mean this when I say it – it is NOT about the money. It is about helping people. I won’t lie – we make a good living at this. But the money not only allows us to live comfortably and bring up our families in financial security, it also allows us to give more back to our communities.
Helping our injured clients is not enough. There are many people of limited means who need legal help for reasons other than having suffered injuries. That’s why a couple of times a month, at prearranged times, our lawyers sit at Auburn’s public library for two-hour stretches to give completely free legal advice to any stranger who shows up. It’s called the “Volunteer Lawyers Project”. The program is well publicized in Cayuga County, where our main office sits, so we get plenty of takers. If we can’t help the folks who walk in to see us because their problem is not in our wheel house, we figure out how to get them to cheap or free legal help elsewhere. If we can help them, we do.