2017 proved to be a very productive year for Carr Law Firm. In September and October, Mike was invited by several professors at DSU to speak to their classes on various topics concerning small business operations, legal marketing, and an update in the application of constitution law here in the 5th Circuit.
On October 26, 2017, Mike was invited as a guest lecturer to the William Cady chapter to the American Inns of Court to speak on current issues facing the Criminal Justice Act panel. Mike, a member of the CJA panel, is one of ten attorneys who represent indigent defendants in 36 counties who are charged with federal crimes. Attendees, who included federal practitioners as well as state and federal judges, were advised as to the recent trend in voluminous electronic discovery and the associated ethical, monetary, and time management issues facing the CJA panel attorneys.
For the fourth year in a row, Mike was asked to speak at the Bridge that Gaps seminar, sponsored by the Young Lawyers division of the bar. This seminar is directed at attorneys with five years or less of practice, involving issues they will face early in their career. Mike spoke on the importance of maintaining a good relationship with counsel opposite despite being in an adversarial setting, and different best practices, which the young attorney may want to consider in handling various situations.
Trials: From May to December of 2017, Mike tried five criminal jury trials in various courthouses within the 11th Circuit Court District. These resulted in one hung jury, one dismissal on directed verdict, and three not guilty verdicts. Mike is proud that all five of these clients walked out of the courtroom with their freedom.
Settlements: Carr Law Firm was fortunate to have obtained numerous settlements for its clients throughout 2017, including several six figure settlements. The types of cases included personal injury at the hands of law enforcement, negligent security claims at residents of apartment complexes, and auto accidents.
Carr Law Firm looks forward to continuing its success into 2018, and the years to come. We opened the doors in our new office space in June of 2017 and hit the ground running- and we don't believe that things could have gone any better. As we move into a new year, our future as a firm is looking extremely bright!