Getting Along is Not Wrong: Friendly Words Speak Volumes About Professionalism - IndyBar Blog

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Posted on: Nov 26, 2014
Civility. Courtesy. Respect. Professionalism.

These are words that should be synonymous with “Advocate,” but in a world of high stakes, strong opinions, and a general societal decline in basic manners, how can attorneys fight the good fight while living up to these ideals – especially if the other side doesn’t? We set out to find examples of lawyers who model the way while providing excellent representation.

Getting Along is Not Wrong, an initiative of the IndyBar Standing Committee on Professionalism, is the impressive collection of such positive and compelling behavior. Check out the entry below and continue checking back for future installments.

Courtney S. Figg, Eads Murray & Pugh PC -

The lawyer that has been the biggest mentor to me professionally, even though he does not actively practice law, is Doug Garrison. He is the Chief Communications Officer for the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) and was my boss when I was a media liaison for the department during law school. Having retired from the FBI prior to joining the DOC, Doug had strong opinions on the criminal justice system and how lawyers fit into that system. Even though I only worked for him for a relatively short time, he was extremely supportive of my law school academics, and he continues to follow up with me now that I am in private practice. Doug left a lasting impression on me by showing that having a pleasant, friendly demeanor and a willingness to talk to the other side, with whom I may disagree, will ultimately make me happier in my life and practice. It will also speak volumes about my professionalism and reputation down the road.


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