A WORD OF CAUTION:
Anyone with a bar license and access to a computer can create a website and declare themselves to be an animal law attorney. When you visit those sites, the most you can be sure of is that the person went to law school, can use a dictionary, and likes animals. What you cannot be certain of, on the other hand, is whether the person truly is a competent lawyer who knows how to actually handle an animal law case.
As you click past the colorful pictures of kittens and puppies on those websites, one good test is to see if you can find the answers to two important questions hidden among the adjectives:
Question #1: How long has the person actually been an attorney?
The more inexperienced the practitioner, and the fresher they are out of law school, the less likely you are to find any hard information about their own experience at all, and more likely to find these things instead:
I am different. First, I can answer the two important questions straight up:
Answer #1: I have been an attorney for 25 years, a quarter of a century of good, hard, law work.
In fact, let's get even more specific:
• Cases involving who legally owns or has custody of a certain dog, cat, or horse?
— I have successfully handled well over 200.• Cases involving a neighbor's animal causing a nuisance?
— I have successfully handled well over 100.• Cases involving a breeder's sale of a defective dog, cat, or horse?
— I have successfully handled over 100.• Cases involving a veterinarian's or professional's malpractice?
— I have successfully handled over 100.• Cases involving a family pet being attacked, killed, or harmed?
— I have successfully handled over 100.• Cases involving city, county, or state code violations regarding unsafe animals?
— I have successfully handled over 100.• Cases involving contracts or disputes over livestock or farm animals?
— I have successfully handled over 50.• Cases involving the possession or taking of wildlife or game animals?
— I have successfully handled over 50.• Cases involving criminal neglect, abuse, or abandonment of animals?
— I have successfully handled over 50.• Cases involving racehorses, hedgehogs, alligators, lynxes, camels, jungle cats, squirrels, rabbits, minks, iguanas, ferrets, alpacas, ocelots, wolves, Siberian tigers, wild mustangs, parrots, chickens, elk, leopards, raccoons, bees, ducks, or bears?
— I have worked on and suitably solved several of each type.• Cases in California, Washington, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, Kansas, Idaho, Virginia, Nevada, Canada, Arizona, West Virginia, North Carolina, three different federal circuits, and nearly every county in the state of Oregon?
— Check as to all.
I guarantee you that no other lawyer can make all those claims and support them. An attractive webpage is no substitute for experience, and I am the most well–known and experienced animal law attorney in this country. The courses I've taught, awards received, hearings fought, verdicts achieved – the time and knowledge those took to accomplish really mean something. At my practice, there is no "us" or "we" – there is just one attorney: me. At my practice, the articles are either those I wrote myself or which have been written about me. At my practice, I am not pre–"committed" to you or your case – until we meet, I have no idea who you are, what your case is, or if there is any good reason to be committed, compassionate, or concerned about it. What you can be assured of, however, is that once I do decide to become involved, my adjectives will have a real life basis to back them up, and you will not find in this nation a more experienced, intelligent, creative, and effective litigator and trial attorney on your side, one focused on confronting and overcoming each obstacle in the path between your specific animal law problem and its satisfactory solution.
Should you have any question about your legal rights or responsibilities affected by an animal's actions, by an owner's actions, by the health, safety, or welfare of an animal, or by the obligations or privileges associated with having an animal, please contact me by phone (503) 546-8052, by fax (503) 241-5553, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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