Jerry loved his job as a lawyer. He found delving into the meat of every case exciting, the challenge – deciphering the reality from as the English would say, “tosh”. He’d grown to enjoy that word, felt it fit many an occasion and had adopted it as his own.
It wasn’t just the clients in the case who provided plenty of “tosh”, so did their lawyers, especially when, in fear of losing a shaky case, they resorted to enough double talk as to send listeners into a coma.
Jerry refused to play that game. He presented his cases straight up and consequently, he’d won more cases than he’d lost. It didn’t hurt when the case was brought before a discerning judge who, able to see through the tosh, had sided with his client even though the information he’d provide in relation to the case was minimal. Without a knowledgeable judge’s ability to discern the smoke and mirrors provided, he might have lost on occasion.
As a result of the win in the Jenkins trial, he’d been asked to take on a case that on the face of it, seemed frivolous. However, after several hours of digging, he wasn’t so sure.
His client, Charlotte Brown, seemed solid, down to turn, secure and her client list boasted some influential and famous people. It was highly unlikely she’d toss this bit of information out there for the world to see since it was obvious what a negative impact could have on both her profession her business and above all, her character.
That old adage “there’s no such thing as bad publicity” wasn’t always true. Perhaps you could spin it on behalf of a client, but if you were the one procuring clients to represent, it wouldn’t necessarily be considered a positive.
A man named Brandon Hills had been “stalking” her. She was here to procure both a “Cease and Desist Order” and “Restraining Order” to protect both herself and her clients.
For several months, he’d appeared at any presentation she’d been involved in, shouting untruths, causing chaos, and after successfully obtaining the clients’ information, had begun phoning them insinuating she wasn’t competent, she was shady, and they’d do better with him. He’d been systematically undermining her business for nearly ten months without let up and her clients were edgy and concerned and didn’t want to deal with the situation and consequently were backing away from her, finding someone else to represent them instead.
Long-standing clients seemed unperturbed and unconcerned, but newer and would-be clients, weren’t as convinced, didn’t want to become embroiled in someone else’s issues, especially if they could impact negatively on them, and who could blame them. He didn’t seem to care they weren’t signing on with him, only that it resulted in losses to her company, losses she could ill afford.
She’d attempted to obtain the orders on two other occasions and was shot down as the judges involved figured “it was part of the game” deal with it. They either didn’t understand the gravity of the situation or didn’t particularly care.
Now it was his turn to prove the requests were warranted that as a result of Brandon Hills’ actions, his client had and continued to suffer a loss in clients, defamation of character and that there was a distinct threat of bodily harm as he’d made threats against her person.
He would have to provide a motive to substantiate her claim, examples (luckily there was a videotape of several events) and if any of her clients would come forward, first-hand proof he’d contacted them. Then there were the threats. Since she’d always been alone, they would be more difficult since (thankfully) so far, he hadn’t acted on them.