Fortunately for my own well being, after several years of practicing as a high level family law attorney at Colorado’s most prestigious family law firm, I realized that I was an absolute mess internally. In that condition, in spite of my good intentions, it was unrealistic for me to expect to help people deal with the source of their problems because until that point I couldn’t even identify the source of my own problems.
My background and professional success blinded me to reality. I was born and raised in rural East Texas where I excelled in sports and academics, and my primary method of conflict resolution usually involved a punch in the face. After attending Texas State University on an R.O.T.C. scholarship, and graduating with honors, I spent a few years as a military officer. At that time, brute strength of will and the tip of my boot led to more professional success and a Master of Business Administration degree with highest honors before I earned my Juris Doctorate at the University of Colorado Law School. In those years, I viewed reasonableness as weakness, I got a buzz from defeating my perceived enemies, I viewed yoga as a hippy gimmick, and I would have made an excellent Viking.
Thankfully, I came to understand that no amount of professional or material success could solve my real problems, and I began to search for real solutions. Through the infinite power of meditation, I have experienced this existence in a much deeper and more profound level than I ever imagined possible. This didn’t happen because I’m impractical and I believe in fairy tales. This happened because I developed a skill that benefits me in the same way that running in a big circle makes the entire physical system function more effectively. Now, I hold yogis in the highest regard, I view reasonableness as the ultimate sign of strength, I have no enemies, I get a buzz from helping people reach consensus and solve problems, and I would make an excellent Jedi.
The beauty of this change is that it is not a moral code, and it does not require or conflict with any belief system. It is simply an outward expression of your inner humanity, and it’s available to everyone who is willing. Whether you are a sinner or a saint, a pair of sinners or a pair of saints, or some interesting mixture in between, I can help with the source and symptoms of your problems by focusing on our shared humanity and offering my perspective and family law expertise.
Also, I’m still an excellent and extremely prepared trial attorney just in case your situation requires more than my humanity and perspective.