What drives you as a lawyer?
Dallas, TX trial attorney Warren Burns talks about his passion for getting up in the morning and practicing law.
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I consider myself lucky every day. It’s a very rare day whenever I have to drag myself out of bed and say, “Why am I doing this?” It just doesn’t happen. I think the reasons – there are a number of reasons. But, at least two that really pop into my mind and drive why I get up every day, why I come into this office. The first is the chance to help people or businesses in their disputes. And, there’s nothing quite like it.
There’s nothing quite like that experience of helping someone resolve a dispute or move through a contentious legal process that they know nothing about. Clients come to us, they have no idea of what they’re getting into oftentimes in terms of depositions and procedure in federal and state courts. It’s just not in their mind, not in their world. We take them through that process. And we make a difference in their life. And it’s something I’m incredibly proud of.
I remember a case I had when I was a very young lawyer. It was really the first case I brought in myself. I was representing a minority business entity that was suing another company over a contract gone bad. But this was – the CEO of that company was a pillar of the community and had spent his lifetime building up the business that, unfortunately, ran into some hard times because of its relationships with other entities that went south. Representing that guy, getting a big old bear hug from him after we won summary judgement, there’s nothing like that. Few careers where you experience that type of reward and human interaction. So I’m incredibly proud of that and it’s something that drives me.
But, I think the other thing I’d mention is that, look, lawyers do important work in this country. Anyone that tells you different is just ignoring reality and following their own personal agenda. But, every day I come to work, we are representing businesses, consumers, entities around the country. And that process plays an important role in our society. I mean, I do a lot of antitrust work.
It may sound dry, but we’re dealing with competition gone wrong. But our whole system works on competition. Congress has passed laws to make sure the competition’s fair because ultimately, then consumers pay fair prices for goods. But when competitors get together and they agree not to compete, that system breaks down. So we play just a critical role in our economy in those antitrust cases in making sure that it’s functioning properly, making sure that the train’s running on the tracks.