Feeling the Bus!

I’ve had an interesting time since the last time I popped in over here. It’s clearly been “Kick Jillian” month in the legal world. I have three big cases going on right now that I am more involved in some than others but they seem to all have people who want to deflect the fact that they have nothing to base their case on and put the spotlight on me and what I may have done that makes them unhappy.

When I was in law school, I had a professor say, “If the law is on your side, argue the law. If the facts are on y0ur side, argue the facts. If you have neither, pound on the table.”   We have definitely been having some table-pounding going on in my world.

In one of the cases, the other lawyer said such awful things about me that were completely untrue, I got in my car and drove three hours one way to court where I was initially going to appear by telephone. I felt I had no choice and needed to be eyeball to eyeball with the judge when I set the record straight. AND in fact, after pointing out that my integrity had been impugned,  I argued the law, not the emotion of my anger at being thrown under the bus and the court granted my motion other than one item she needed more information about.

So, just as I got over that incident, along came another, less slanderous issue.

After I handled that, one more blindsided me. I almost, almost didn’t read the pleading because the issue was between two other parties but I decided to give it a once-over and shock me! – the one lawyer used 8 pages out of 14 to trash me and yet again, I was thrown under the bus- AND this wasn’t even my issue.  Crazy world.  I responded to that as well and set the record straight yet again and the court ruled in a way that showed the other side had wasted their time attacking me.

So, I’ve staggered around this month getting kicked about but always getting back up.  I’m trying to avoid buses to be tossed under right now but thought maybe I should try to make friends with one that seems to be lucky and so I’ve shared this youtube link.

Happy April from a beat-up but not defeated Jillian. By the way, this is my 100th post over  here!  PARTY!!

14 responses to “Feeling the Bus!

  1. I’m listening to the song as I respond to your post, Jillian. And smiling. Not at your trials, but because of the song. Wow. I had no idea that attorneys think they can win cases by maligning the opposition. That’s crazy, but it also reeks of desperation, like maybe they don’t have law or facts to stand on? I hope you trounce them. And good for you, not letting them kick you under the bus. VERY good for you.

    • Not all lawyers are like that but there are some out there and man, beware when you see them coming. It’s a good thing I have a long memory! LOL!! It DOES reek of desperation and everyone in the room knows it.

      AND yeah, I love that song, too. I’m shaken but not stirred. LOL

  2. Like Laurie I’m listening to the song as I type. They only trash the best. When we were looking for a lawyer for our son I had access to secretaries in attorney offices or I should say our Human Resource director did. She asked what attorney do you least like to go up against in court. We went to him and heard all kinds of trash. The best thing we ever did. Loved the song.

    • that makes sense. They lose too many times, they have to trash the other lawyer since it can’t possibly be THEM. LOL – I’m glad your son got a good one.

  3. Oh, hugs Jillian ❤ Some people never cease to amaze you, and not in a good way. This shrieks lack of professionalism and integrity and I'm only glad that these lawyers got their dues.

    • AMEN Tricia. They were totally unprofessional and lacking in integrity. It really made me nuts that they were accusing me of things I’d never done but they had.

  4. Never thought that sort of thing went on in court. Am amazed, nay shocked. So glad you had the integrity to get back up fighting, and win. And loving the song. Big Hollies fan, me.

    • Yep, sadly, there are some lawyers who will attack others’ integrity in order to muddy the waters. It’s not ethical but it happens. And yep, push me in the corner and I’m coming out fighting. Lol.

      I also adore the Hollies. Awesome group.


  5. Valerie J. Patterson

    Sadly, I am not surprised by any of this. I see it all the time when I am in court, and I shake my head. Every once in a while, I do get shocked especially if the attack comes from an attorney I would never expect such behavior from. Rise up against the injustice of it all and continue to shine as a better person, Jillian! 😛

    • It IS always shocking, isn’t it, Valerie. I’m always stunned when I see that behavior. And I try to stand tall and not stoop to their levels.


      • Valerie J. Patterson

        What’s really bad is these are intelligent, educated professionals who are supposed to know better. It sometimes reminds me of the petulant child who resorts to name calling and tantrum-throwing when s/he doesn’t get their own way!

      • Dactyl, Valerie. Sadly, I’m seeing it more and more. And it’s usually the younger lawyers. I think it’s that whole “no one is a loser” mentality they grew up with. You know, everyone who plays gets a trophy. They never learned to handle failure or disappointment.


      • Valerie J. Patterson

        Oh, I hear that! It would seem children are not taught to lose gracefully…or even to lose, which ill-prepares them for the real world in which we live. Everything will not go your way. You will not win every game. Not everyone on the planet will like you/want to be your friend. etc. They just seem so incapable of adjusting to life in their big-boy pants! 😛

      • Amen, exactly. That’s right. they are totally unprepared for life.

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