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Jacob R. Reis

By: dmc-admin//August 30, 2010//

Jacob R. Reis

By: dmc-admin//August 30, 2010//

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Jacob R. Reis’ decision to become a personal injury lawyer arose from a very personal family experience. When he was starting high school, his grandfather was killed in a car accident.

“I remember my grandma dealing with the insurance company and that being very stressful for her,” Reis said. “I know that she probably didn’t get treated fairly by the insurance company, so I try to make sure that people who are injured in accidents get treated fairly.”

One case that stands out for him involved a part-time UPS employee who was hoping to become a full-time driver. He was hit by a snowplow in the UPS parking lot and suffered a soft-tissue injury to his lower back. The biggest challenge in the case was an issue of future earnings, since he had not become a full-time employee and physical restrictions took him out of the running for a position. The insurance company had offered $30,000 to settle the case, but in the end the client received a $375,000 verdict.

That’s the sort of thing that Reis enjoys about his job. The “best part is representing people who don’t understand the process,” Reis said. “You know that they are better off having had representation.”

What is your favorite U.S. Supreme Court opinion?

Miranda v. Arizona.

What is the best part of being an attorney?

Achieving justice for clients.

To what faults do you feel most indulgent?

Being extremely competitive.

Who is your favorite historical figure?

King Arthur (I have always been a medieval history buff).

What is your current state of mind?

Appreciation (I am lucky to have a great family and to work with the best attorneys in the state on a daily basis).

What is your motto?

Work hard, but play golf when you can.

What’s the first CD you bought with your own money?

The Steve Miller Band (Greatest Hits); I had several cassettes before purchasing that CD.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Buying golf clubs (I replace at least one club a year, this year it was new irons).

What is the most insane question you’ve ever been asked?

To what faults do you feel most indulgent?

Finish this sentence: Happiness is …

…having a loving wife and wonderful children to come home to each night.

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