Biography – Review
If you haven’t yet read Tommy Malone’s biography, “Tommy Malone, Trial Lawyer: And the Light Shone Through. The Guiding Hand Shaping One of America’s Greatest Trial Lawyers“, I encourage you to do so regardless of whether you’re an attorney. This book isn’t a primer on how to practice law. It’s about people and relationships.
When we first started CaseMetrix, I met with Tommy Malone at his office and we had a frank conversation about his record-winning medical malpractice verdict which is discussed at length in the book. I reminded him I was on the defense team in that case and referred to myself as “the biggest loser in Georgia”, since he was the biggest winner. It was quite an experience to rehash intricate details of a case we handled on opposing teams in the mid-1990’s but this was no ordinary case. Tommy’s client had lost all 4 limbs as an infant and that will never be forgotten. Tommy called me over to his computer and pulled up a video of the baby who was now an adult playing basketball from his wheelchair. In this life lesson, he reminded me that this case wasn’t about us at all. It wasn’t about winners and losers. It was about this person’s quality of life and how this award enabled him to function at this level.
Tommy has repeatedly reminded me that business and life is about people. When initially trying to build our company outside of Georgia, Tommy put me in touch with his best friend in Florida who immediately subscribed, no doubt as a favor to him. “If you’re a friend of Tommy’s, you’re a friend of mine.” Tommy’s reliable presence at my exhibit booth serves as a lawyer magnet and I think he knows that. Although I frequently speak at legal conferences, I became nervous during one presentation and was clearly very disappointed. As I walked down from the podium, Tommy approached me, gave me a big hug and said, “You did a fine job.” That’s a good friend.
According to our customer relationship management system, I have personally met many thousands of attorneys in the past 9 years since the inception of CaseMetrix, but I’ve been in the legal business since 1982. There are a few attorneys who are absolute idols and rock stars in my world and only one has the top position, my friend, Tommy Malone who is still teaching me. This man owes me nothing, yet has given his precious time to me repeatedly and taught me life’s most important lessons.
As you’re working today, remember to respect those around you, find ways to help them and when in doubt, do the right thing. Read Tommy’s book and don’t miss the life lessons.
You can buy Tommy’s book in multiple outlets online, but here is one for easy reference.