A question I often receive is ‘what makes you different from other lawyers and I have to say, I love that question. It opens up an opportunity for me to tell others about myself and let them know just how different I am.
My experience helps me to find common ground with clients. Sometimes I can connect with people about golf, track and field, or even computer technicians. I have experience in all of those, and it helps clients to see that I’m down to earth just like them.
I also set myself apart in my ability to empathize with clients. I let them know that they have a voice and that what they have to say is important.
If that sounds like the qualities you’d want in a lawyer, call me. We can discuss the particulars of your case.
Thank you for joining me today. I’m A.J. Grossman, divorce lawyer and certified family mediator with Leap Frog Divorce.
You know, one of the questions I love to get is, so what makes you different from all the other divorce lawyers I find on Google? Or you know, all those billboards that I see around the Orlando area? What makes you so different? I love that question because I get to tell a little bit about who I am and my story and my journey.
Unlike many of my fellow divorce lawyers, I had what I would call a life before I became a lawyer. And so I was able to explore different careers, different jobs, everything from information technology careers to financial careers, you name it, I gave it a try. And I was successful at some and unsuccessful at others.
Another thing that makes me different is my ability and skill in empathizing with people, basically providing them with a voice and acknowledging that what they’ve told me or what they’ve shared with me has value.
You know, I remember reading a book many years ago that talked about the number one complaint about lawyers from consumers. And it was that we’re all cold and heartless. And really, what that means is that we lack empathy. We lack the ability to place ourselves in somebody else’s situation. And feel or imagine what that must feel like. And so I’ve made it a mission of mine, a personal mission and a professional mission, to train myself to educate myself on effective empathy.
And that’s one of the things that I think distinguishes me from many of my colleagues, other divorce lawyers, is when I sit with somebody, when I sit with a client, or a potential client during a consultation, I’m giving that person 100% of my attention. My cell phone is nowhere to be found. I’m taking notes. But I’m looking at them in the eye, eye to eye contact. I’m nodding. And I’m reflecting back to them what I heard them say. That’s something that makes me very different.
And oftentimes, I get feedback from people I talk to. Clients, potential new clients who say thank you so much. I feel so much better now after we talked than when I first came to you. You know, you’re one of the few people that actually listened to me, and actually heard me and saw me. That’s it. That is incredible feedback for me. And it really tells me that I am on the right track with distinguishing myself from other divorce lawyers.
So if that’s important to you, in your lawyer, a lawyer who will give you 100% of his or her attention, and actively listen to you, so that you truly feel heard, then I would, I would encourage you to give me a call. Just reach out to me.