A Moving Trial

This is the courthouse in Millersburg, OH. Yesterday at 9:11 a.m. a strong and loving father was sworn in as guardian for a very brave young woman, his 20-year old daughter who suffered a severe TBI from a car crash on the Blue Ridge Parkway last fall.

The family is from Holmes County in the middle of Amish country. Another attorney in town recommended me to a local family friend soon after the wreck, and Sunday I flew up for the guardianship hearing. These good folks invited into their home. I met the mom and the younger siblings. I was served a great dinner.

The next morning, with the help of local counsel we explained to the probate judge the need for a temporary guardian while the slow healing progresses. Although the reckless driver that caused the wreck had no insurance, we were able to negotiate with the family’s insurance company to pay its full coverage. We have now set up a trust, but it’s not enough and there’s more work to be done seeking other sources.

Parting words from the dad, whom I spoken with dozens of times but had not met before the trip: “You are everything I thought you’d be. Thank you.”

Lawyers don’t get that every day.

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About Mike Daisley - Civil Litigation Attorney, Mediator, Writer, Licensed Lay Preacher (Episcopal Church, Diocese of North Carolina)

Mike Daisley is a civil litigation attorney and Certified Mediator in Charlotte, North Carolina, and owner and president of "DaisleyLegal" a virtual law firm focused on helping victims of drunk driving injuries and other careless individuals and corporations. He devotes a significant time of his practice as a mediator in North Carolina's Superior Courts, using his 35 years of litigation experience to counsel and assist opposing parties to resolve their disputes and lawsuits cooperatively, avoiding the high expenses and time commitments involved in going to trial. In addition to his commitment to Civil Trial Advocacy and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mike is also an avid writer, and has a wide array of interests outside of his legal practice, including stints as a columnist for The Charlotte Observer, political analyst for WCNC-TV and WBT Radio. Mike’s biggest passion outside the law is learning and writing about theology, and especially the role doubt plays in faith, the role faith plays (or should play) in politics, and (as he puts it) the “beauty and deep mystery” of the liturgy. Mike is a lifelong Episcopalian, and often jokes that means "I am a raging agnostic at least two or three days a week.” In 2019, he was appointed by the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina as a licensed Lay Preacher in the Episcopal Church. (A sample of Mike’s preaching can be heard here: http://www.stmartins-charlotte.org/content.cfm?id=2245&download_id=269#attached_content) To discuss the possibility of teaching, lecture, sermon or interview requests (or to make any comments or suggestions about the “WithGladness” blog) you may contact Mike at any Office email : Mike@DaisleyLegal.com Personal email: MikeDaisley@outlook.com Office voicemail: (704) 554-2306 Mike Daisley & Associates, LLC 1515 Mockingbird Lane, Suite 400 Charlotte, North Carolina 28209
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2 Responses to A Moving Trial

  1. Terri says:

    Know just how he feels on that point! They were lucky to have you!

    • daisleylaw says:

      Terri, that is so nice. (And so much appreciated.) ESPECIALLY coming from one of my all time favorite clients….YOU! Give my best to those other two that you keep straight in your office!

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