A guiar I njury L awyers Genuine Customer Service and the Fast Resolution Of Cases Are the Tenets of This Louisville Firm By Vicki Hogue-Davies S am Aguiar opened his law fi rm in late 2010 with three employees, a hand-written budget and enough money to keep the fi rm afl oat for four months. Less than three years later, Aguiar Injury Lawyers employs 40 people, including nine attorneys, and has offi ces in two locations. Th e high-volume fi rm handles cases resulting from automobile accidents, workplace mishaps, nursing home abuse and other personal injury areas. “Getting started, we went through a lot of growing pains and I worked many long nights,” the 31-year-old Aguiar says. “My wife, Janelle, and I had just started dating and she and my son Evan, who is now 13, spent many long nights and weekends with me at the offi ce. I couldn’t have made it through the hard times without their devotion and support.” “I had no business background and made every wrong turn you can make when starting a small business,” he continues. “I didn’t pay myself for the fi rst six or seven months we were open. Everything I made I put back into the offi ce, to add a staff member or upgrade soft ware or something, and, lo and behold, we actually grew pretty fast. Having the offi ce grow to a point where it is full of great people has allowed me a lot more free time to enjoy with Janelle and my boys.” Th e couple also has a 1-year-old son, Owen. A chance meeting on an airplane helped enable Aguiar, who was then working for another personal injury fi rm, to open the practice. Flying back from London in 2009, where the native of Rhode Island and avid sports fan had gone to see a New England Patriot’s game, Aguiar conversed with his seatmate about their respective careers.