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Ha! You'll soon have to make room on that billboard for RecycleChicken. Looks great!

Chuck Newton

Now is that what the Greatest American Lawyer would do?

John D.

I like it. The best way to deal with the anti-competitive is to compete!

Denise Howell

Hi-larious. Like the billboard too, aside from it's, um, fringe benefits.


Chuck: Definitely not. But sometimes you just gotta turn lemons into lemonade. All in good fun. We are going to use this format for the next year of local advertising across various media players. Our clients who aren't in the ad want to know how they can be included.

Thanks Chuck. See you around the blogosphere.

Lisa N

Absolutely Hilarious... even better if they were looking at ur smiling face too

mr. tanfan

Play cousins.


Good work! That's hilarious.

Mike Swogger

I have only recently learned of this website. I am extremely disappointed in the manner you are addressing your issues with that law firm. This is not, in any way, "hilarious" as some have commented. It is sad and unprofessional.

Mike Swogger, mswogger@garanlucow.com


Mike: Thanks you for your thoughts and comments. I am wondering if you can elaborate. How would you have addressed the issues with 'that firm?" When dealing with a firm like this, what options would you consider?


PROLOGUE: My old firm used the local bar email list to send this announcement around to the local bar. Tim Smith is one of the partners from my old firm, which unsuccessfully sued me twice after departure. They take great issue with this blog for some reason which, until today, was read almost exclusively outside of Traverse City.

While you are on the Greatest American Lawyer blog, check out some of the practice tips on technology implementation and alternative billing models. Here's the email .... As always, I would be interested in your thouhgts.

Dear GT__BA members;

So, I get a phone call this am from a non-lawyer friend here in town. He asks me, “so what’s up with you and all the other attorneys in town being petty and inbred”? [GAL Comment: All attorneys? Hmm. Luckily the local bar knows exactly which elements are inbred and petty]. I had no clue what he was talking about. [GAL Note: Tim called me right after the post went up in April to complain that people might think it was Smith & Johnson I was referring to. I wonder why he would say he had "no clue"?]

He said he’d been on-line running a search on “traverse city billboard advertising” and buried about 4 pages deep in his google search was an article written by a member of the local bar association – Enrico. Here’s the article - http://greatestamericanlawyer.typepad.com/greatest_american_lawyer/2009/04/the-billboard-who-says-billboard-advertising-isnt-effective.html.

While I had my buddy on the phone, I looked up what he was talking about and read the above article. It looks like Enrico had some kind of “dust-up” with B and H [deleted the name of the firm - no need to broadcast it outside Tim's broadcast to the local bar] and was upset about it and wrote in his article that we all were “petty and inbred”…….. [GAL comment: Hmm. Did I really say the entire bar was ..] "some My hat’s off to Mike S who wrote a comment to the article referring to Enrico’s description of the local bar as “sad and unprofessional”.

Now, at this point, you might be asking yourself, “Why did Tim send every attorney and judge in the GTLABA this”? [GAL note: Luckily, there is probably no one in the local bar who doubts Tim's motive to use his access to the bar email list to send this email :-). Duh...]

Two reasons:

1. You might get a call from a friend or family member [as I did] asking you why you are both petty and inbred…. Now you know a little about what the hell they are talking about [GAL note: Sorry Tim, they already know what I am talking about].
2. I’m starting a GT___A Committee on Petty and Inbred attorneys. We’ll meet on the first Monday of the month here at my office to discuss all things petty and inbred. Let me know if you’re in.

[GAL note: Do you think Tim understands that by sending this email, he just proved my point?]

Timothy P. Smith
Smith & Johnson, Attorneys P.C.
603 Bay St.
Traverse City, MI 49684


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