This is our ninth Thanksgiving in business. It seems like yesterday that we started this office. It was only a few nights ago that I realized that our ninth anniversary had already passed. Since this is the traditional season to give thanks, I thought it would be appropriate to prepare my list of the things about my legal practice for which I am thankful.
1. I am thankful to all of my clients who have trusted me with their cases. I realize that when you select my office, usually to litigate against much larger law firms, it is because you have faith in me. I am humbled by that trust. You have many options available to you and there are many fine lawyers in Hawaii. Thank you for believing in me.
2. I am thankful that I live in Hawaii. Having practiced law for many years in New York City, I know just how lucky I am to be able to live and work in Honolulu. There is no place on earth I would rather live.
3. I am thankful for my staff. Those of you that have interacted with my staff know what a pleasure it is to work with them. They produce excellent work product and are dedicated to our clients. Almost weekly, a client or a member of the bar tells me how lucky I am to have them working with me. I agree and am grateful.
4. I am thankful that I practice law in the United States. It has been a rough few years for America. Unfortunately, I think we are in for a few more tough years, before things improve. However, never forget that the United States has been an extremely postive force in history. Democracy was a noble experiment when this country was founded in 1776. Today, democracy has spread throughout the world. The Constitution of the United States, particularly the Bill of Rights, is one of the most important documents ever written. Americans take many of those rights for granted. I am thankful that I am part of a legal system that has so effectively protected our civil rights, that Americans are able to take their civil rights for granted.
5. I am thankful that I am a Hawaii attorney. Being a lawyer is not always easy. Still it is a very rewarding job. And if you follow the rules, it is a very noble profession. I am thankful that I have been given the honor and privilege to serve my clients in Hawaii.