Partner Bio – John L. Bertoldo
John L. Bertoldo:
I’ve wanted to be a lawyer since I was a little kid, when I was in grade school, I told the teacher, you know, “I’m going to be a lawyer.” Well, when I was young, I grew up in a large family. I was very argumentative. I was a tough kid! And my mom used to say, trying to make something positive out of a bad situation, “Well, you know, when you grow up, someday you’re going to be a great lawyer, ’cause you really like to argue. ” As a lawyer, you’re basically just helping people solve problems. The particular area that I practice in is a sudden, traumatic, life-changing, life-altering, turn your life upside down type of situation. Well, most people are just getting by. With taking care of their children, with meeting this obligation and that obligation, and all of a sudden, whammo. Now, serious injury, disability, brain injury, sometimes death, wrongful death, enters the picture. And it just turns people’s worlds upside down. My job is to sit there and let these people kind of dump their problem to someone, who has the experience, who has the expertise, but who also really cares to solve the problem for them. The biggest difference between our firm and other firms that I know of, the degree to which we care about our clients, how we treat our clients. We are really, really good to people. And it shows in the fees that we take. We never take a fee that’s more than what our client nets in their pocket when it’s all said and done. It doesn’t matter what the contract says, it’s what fairness dictates. We don’t even create a fee until we know, at the end of the case, what would be a reasonable fee, because all our fees are on contingency. I look at myself in the mirror, I’ve got to feel good about what I’ve done. And, you know, my partners, the lawyers that work here, they’re all more than ten years of experience, and we care about what we do. At the end of the day, if we’ve helped people, we’re going to be taken care of, but we’ve got that satisfaction. We’ve got lifelong friends that have been clients, that when I see them, I don’t get a handshake, I get a bear hug. I’ll tell you what, when you’re working for an insurance company, and all you’re doing is keeping the settlement or the verdict low, you don’t get a bear hug from that insurance company, and you wouldn’t want one.