Fairfax, VA employment attorney John C. Cook talks about his approach to the practice and shares the most common advice he gives to clients.
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My philosophy is one of helping the client solve a problem. When people come to see me, usually it’s because something bad has happened to them and my job is to help them analyze that, tell them about the law. Some laws will help them, some won’t. Help them analyze their situation, and then help solve the problem. That problem may be helping get some severance pay. It might mean bringing a legal action or a legal claim. We want the client to be healed. To be able to move forward into the next phase of their life.
I’m usually telling my clients that they need to focus on themselves, and that that’s okay. The civil litigation system is one designed to compensate someone who has been harmed. It’s not very well designed to punish a wrongdoer. Sometimes clients get kind of hooked on the past and something bad has happened to them. They want to punish their employer. They want to punish a wrongdoer, and then they get disappointed. And I repeatedly tell clients, it’s okay. Let’s think about yourself. Let’s think about what you need and how we can help you put things back together and move forward with your life, and help you get your life back on track.