I have been practicing INJURY LAW for over 30 years. I am Pittsburgh born and raised. You and I probably root for the same teams. The Pittsburgh Pirates, the Pittsburgh Penguins and of course the Pittsburgh Steelers. Any team in Pennsylvania is my favorite team! A long standing joke in our office is that I am available to talk to my clients at any time, except when the Pittsburgh Steelers are playing. I was born and raised in the West End of the City of Pittsburgh and graduated from Canevin High School in 1970. In high school I was on the wrestling team. In my senior year, I came in second in the state in my weight class at 138 pounds. I don’t know if it’s a blessing or a curse, but I’m still around that same weight today at age 64. After high school, I went to Duquesne University for college. I had a great experience there. After graduating from Duquesne University in 1974, I worked for an environmental company called NUS Corporation.
We worked in the Finger Lakes area on Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, New York. I was working with 4 other people about my age, all of us on our own in New York. Wow! Then I got the bright idea of going to law school, and I did so in 1976. I went to Ohio Northern University Law School in Ada, Ohio, near Lima, Ohio. The University itself was in the middle of nowhere. As a matter of fact, when my brother Jimmy and I drove there to check the place out, we nearly passed it up because it was so small. But boy did we study there! I graduated from Law School in 1979. Then I moved back to Pittsburgh. After all, that is where my entire family is from. But before I did that I had to pass the Bar Exam. Fortunately I did pass it on my first try. Then I got the job of a lifetime for a young attorney. I was hired as an Assistant District Attorney. An Assistant District Attorney gets to go into Court immediately. That is unlike most law firms where it might be five or six years until you get to try your first case. I started my first jury trial a week after I passed the Bar Exam and it never slowed down. I tried over 150 jury trials working at the District Attorney’s office in Allegheny County. After 5-1/2 years there, it was time for change. I got a job working at a civil law firm in Pittsburgh. They did mostly car accident and injury cases. That’s how I made the transition from criminal law to civil law. I was able to get into the courtroom a lot with the firm doing injury cases. Car Accidents, Slip and Falls, Product Liability and any type of case where a person was injured were my cases to try. After 2 years, I thought it was time to go out on my own.
Injury cases just started flowing in from the first day. I finally got around to getting married in 1991 to my lovely wife Michelle. Marrying Michelle was the best thing that ever happened to me. We just had our 26th wedding anniversary. Along the way we had three lovely children. Twins, Michael and Jessica and our youngest daughter, Katie. Michael and Jessica just graduated from Duquesne Law School and Penn State Dickinson Law School, respectively. Our youngest daughter Katie graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Penn State University. Katie is going on for her Ph.D. in psychology. Phi Beta Kappa is for students with a grade point average of 3.90 or better out of a possible 4.0. So with Michelle’s two children, Kevin and Beth, we have five children. If you think I am proud of all 5 of my children you are right! Michelle and I are empty nesters now. Sigh! We live in the Wexford area, north of Pittsburgh. We have done about 25 cruises over the years because the boss (Michelle) likes them. Royal Caribbean Cruises are our favorites, but Carnival Cruises are cool too. I really do love my job as a personal injury lawyer. It gives me a wonderful opportunity to meet different people and try to help them with their problems. For this I am eternally grateful. It’s a wonderful life. Thanks for reading. Bernie Tully www.telltully.net.
What is the most important thing your attorney can tell you? Think about it. What is the best news you can hear from your personal injury attorney? Is it that she wrote a good brief in your case? Is it that she answered the interrogatories in your case? Is it that she got your deposition scheduled with a court reporter? Probably not. The most important thing that your injury attorney can tell you is that he or she got you $$ for your case. That is what I do. I hope you are not turned off by the title of this book. But the fact is the law can only give you one thing for your injuries. $$. It cannot restore you to your pre-injury condition!
We try to get you more $$ for your injury case. That is our sole purpose in representing you. Our goal is to get you the most $$ we can for the injuries you received. Want an example? Recently we had a case where a female client was injured in a car accident. Nothing catastrophic by any means. In fact, it was a soft tissue injury. We sent a complete package to the insurance adjuster. We included in it all of our client’s medical records, her bills and photographs depicting the parts of her body that were injured. Then we negotiated with the insurance adjuster. Hard negotiations for more $$. About a month ago the adjuster called me back and said the absolute top dollar that we will ever pay on this case is $20,000. Do not come back to me and ask for more money because there just isn’t any more $$. Either take the $20,000 or go to trial.
My client did not want to go to trial, but I wanted to get her more $$. So I waited about three weeks. Then I called the adjuster and never mentioned our last conversation when he said $20,000 was his absolute top offer. I casually told him that we could get the matter resolved for $30,000. He screamed and vented and said, “No, that is more than what the case is worth.” However, I got him to increase the offer. The case settled for $26,000! Needless to say, my client was ecstatic because that was $6,000 more than what she told me I could settle the case for. If you want that kind of fighter as your attorney, one who is willing to go the extra mile to get you every penny he can for you, then I am the attorney for you. That is what we do and that is all that we do.