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The Pain and Sadness of Being a Lawyer

Posted by Erik Fine | Oct 04, 2020 | 1 Comment

     Its 03:13 on a Sunday morning.  No way I can sleep.  I have tossed and turned most of the night and now I'm in my home office at my desk reviewing files and reading case law in preparation for an important upcoming week of court hearings in Cullman County, Clay County, and Blount County.  Joe, my faithful and furry best friend (my Chihuahua) is laying next to me in my office chair.  My mind has been racing.  I have driven my wife, Annie crazy as I rolled around in bed unable to close my eyes and fall asleep.  I am thinking about my clients.  My clients that are away from their families because they are in jail awaiting their day in court.  I think about my clients facing jail time.  Facing prison time.  I review the facts of their cases in my head.  I can see their faces.  Hear their voices.  My memories of our telephone calls at midnight, visits to their homes, visits with them in jail.  I think about our trial strategy.  I think out my patterns of direct and cross examination.  This is chess....not checkers...  I think of the 27 exceptions to the Hearsay rule of evidence in order to get a sliver of testimony admitted into court to help my client's plight.  Sometimes it seems like I care more about my clients and their predicaments more than they do.   

     This profession is not for the faint of heart.  It can be the most rewarding career on one day, and the darkest most burdensome way to make a living the next day.  As a police officer for so many years, I was a witness to so much pain, death and heartache.  I saw it in the Navy as well.  Now as a lawyer, nothing has changed.  People call upon me in the worst times of their lives.  Sometimes, they ask for the impossible.  My job is to try and deliver the impossible.  I have chosen my path, or so I think.  I have done many things with my life that have proven to be rewarding, challenging and important.  Nothing I have ever been is more important than being a father to my children and a husband to my wife.  But from a professional standpoint, I firmly believe that God has put me right where he wants me...I am a lawyer for the common man.  The forgotten man.  The misunderstood man.  The misguided man.  I stand with and for people who don't have a lot of financial means to pay for an attorney in their time of need, but need THE BEST attorney possible.  Sometimes I actually make "poor business decisions" in order to represent the people who need me the most.  This is my calling.  This is how I honor God, my family and my country.  We are all God's children.     

About the Author

Erik Fine

Attorney Erik D. Fine, A.A., B.S., J.D. Mr. Fine, an Alabama native, is a graduate of Mountain Brook Public Schools. He received an athletic scholarship to play baseball at Kansas City Kansas Community College from which he graduated with an Associates Degree in Law Enforcement in 1989. It was i...


Joyce Harwell Reply

Posted Oct 04, 2020 at 15:21:35

Erik,I first met you when you were an officer,and knew immediately what a great person you were.Healthwise, you have suffered alot and been triumphant.I am so happy to see that you are enjoying your profession ,and doing the best job for your clients. You are a true champion.

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