This is our eleventh Thanksgiving in business. Two years ago I wrote a Thanksgiving blog listing the “Things for Which I am Thankful”. Since this is the traditional season to give thanks, I thought it would try to expound on the things 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 always humbled by that trust. Clients have many options available to them and there are many fine lawyers in Hawaii. I am thankful to those many clients who have believed 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. I have now lived in Hawaii for over fifteen years and I am confident that there is no place on earth that 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. 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. Although I am proud that in 2008 we had a historic election, I still think we are in for a few lean years, before the economy improves. However, although we have taken some “hits” recently, never forget that the United States has been an extremely positive 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. The American people take many of their basic civil rights for granted, because the Bill of Rights has been so actively enforced through the years. I am thankful that I am a member of a legal system that has so effectively protected our civil rights, that most 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 profession. 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.
6. Finally, I am thankful for my family. 2008 was an unbelievable year for me. On August 8, 2008 I was married. My wife, Sarah, is a wonderful woman. It is a “cliche” to call someone your “soulmate” but my wife Sarah is definitely my “soulmate”. I am thankful that Sarah and her daughter Fiona have become a part of my life.