Friday, March 29, 2013

Seminars by Jerome Karam

I wish I attended more of them.

Last year, when I was working with Jerome Karam on my case, he held a seminar in Kirkland about the perks of becoming an attorney. Given that I have some business in Redmond, which is like 3 miles away, I said what the heck, let’s do it. (He even said that I would go there as his guest, so I didn’t have to pay the $50.00 entrance fee. Not that it would matter.)

Jerome Karam is a great public speaker. He’s fun, he’s witty and he knows what he’s doing. He kept the whole audience entertained, and everybody was really interested in what he had to say. I’m kind of old to get another degree, but if I had been like 20 years younger I would have considered a career switch.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Jerome Karam’s take on the legal system, and our chat in the café

Jerome Karam’s case was pretty much straightforward – I was obviously right and my business partner had breached the contract. I bet it wasn’t a lot of work for him to prove me right in court (and I wasn’t charged a lot either).

But I’m trying to put myself in the shoes of the other party’s lawyer. It was obvious that he didn’t stand a chance, yet the guy took on this case and tried to cling onto some insignificant detail in the contract, something that I allegedly was my side of the deal and I didn’t do. The argument was silly, to say the least, and the judge smirked when she saw him beating around the bush with the same irrelevant arguments.

This makes me wonder: how do such lawyers make a living? Even when the case is a dead-end, they probably still charge for the hours they spent documenting the case and all that. How can you appear in court, knowing that you have something like 5% chances of winning the case, charge your client and still be able to sleep at night?

After the trial I met Jerome Karam for a cup of coffee, and asked him how other lawyers handle such cases. He laughed, and said “welcome to the industry”. There are more lawyers out there who will take your money and screw you over than fish in the sea. A Japanese businessman (I don’t remember his name now, maybe I’ll follow up with it when it comes back to me) once said about us Americans that “There are more attorneys just in Washington, D.C. than in all of Japan. They have just about as many lawyers as we have sumo wrestlers.”

Jerome then said that a good professional should find the balance between a good financial status and being able to sleep at night. He said he never takes cases where the client is at fault and likely to lose. Even though that money would lie nicely in his pocket, he said he’s always thinking about the other side – for every guilty client that he gets off the hook, there’s always somebody who is crying about justice not being served properly.

That chat in the café really made me reconsider the whole legal system. I was lead to believe that all attorneys are heartless bastards who will take your money whether or not you have the slightest chance to win. It looks like my faith in humanity was somewhat restored. Thank you, attorney Jerome Karam!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Wise sayings about attorneys

After a few months of working with Jerome Karam, I learned that lawyers can embrace the “dark” and the “bright” side. Fortunately enough, I found the right guy who picked his virtual lightsaber and totally destroyed the dark side.

Here are some more or less wise sayings about lawyers and the American legal system. Some of these are quite sarcastic, nevertheless they are quite close to the truth.

  • An attorney is a professional who can write a 40,000-word document and call it a "brief."

  • Lawyers are very much like physicians: what one says, the other one always contradicts.

  • There isn’t a better way to train your imagination than studying the law. No poet has ever portrayed nature as freely and beautifully as an attorney interprets the truth.

Friday, March 22, 2013

About Jerome Karam

I hired Jerome Karam to represent me in court last year. I must say that his performance was outstanding, to say the least. This blog will share some of my experience with him, and should be taken as a review of Jerome Karam’s services.

I contacted attorney Jerome Karam via his website, but you can call him directly at 281-482-7233.

I learned about him that he has a 20+ year work experience in Accident & Injury Law practice and in Business Litigation. I don’t know about his experience with accidents, insurance settlements and all that, because I worked with him on a breach of contract case. But I can vouch that he knows what he’s doing if you have been screwed over by a business partner. :)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

What I like about Jerome Karam

Jerome Karam isn’t the average attorney you will hire for your mundane task – he is much more than that. In no particular order, here is what I like about him.

  • Jerome Karam is dedicated to improving the community. He completely changed the face of the Galveston area. Over the last decade, residents noticed an improvement in the looks of the city – old storefronts have been replaced with modern retail centers, and the historical buildings have been redesigned.
  • In 2005 Karam bought an old lumber yard and turned it into a 40,000 square foot retail shopping center, creating lots of jobs for the community and lowering the unemployment rate to a historically low 5%.
  • Last year Jerome Karam started the Plaza 28 project in Alexandria, a complex that will host 4-5 businesses and 36 rental condos.