Melissa Stewart 2014-04-01 00:12:18
Knowing Family Matters With all the civil defense law firms in the state of Arizona, it can be difficult to distinguish one from another. Some law firms are well established and have many experienced attorneys on the payroll while others are solo practices. Andy Campbell, founder of Campbell Law, PC, understands that there are many other attorneys that do what he does. “I think what makes my practice different is that when you call me with a question that needs to be answered by an attorney, you get to talk to me,” he said. “I certainly could not practice law without my staff, but I am involved with the clients and when a client needs an answer from an attorney they get it.” Campbell Law has only been around for a few short years. Despite being a new law firm, Campbell has years of experience in this line of work. When he moved from South Carolina to Arizona in 2001, he was hired by Mark Fullerton at Martin, Hart & Fullerton, where he began practicing civil law. “I started with insurance defense work, defending insured clients who had been sued,” Campbell said. “I have just been in the civil realm since that time.” Campbell gained invaluable experience over the years he spent working as Fullerton’s associate. However, when Fullerton decided to retire in 2012, Campbell was faced with a tough decision. “In 2012, my options were to open my own law firm or find another job, and I went with opening the firm,” Campbell said. “It is a unique experience to handle everything that goes on as far as running a business and representing clients,” he continued. As a civil defense attorney, Campbell spends a significant amount of time out of his office, attending depositions, visiting accident scenes, visiting job sites, and attending court hearings several times a month. Even after years of experience in his field, Campbell is still excited to practice law. According to him, the fun and excitement he expected to experience when he was a young aspiring attorney is still very real when he walks into a courtroom. “As a kid, being a lawyer just looked like something that was interesting and might be fun,” Campbell said. “It is the opportunity to learn about the law, of course, but it also gives you the opportunity to learn about other areas that come up in the course of your cases. Medical issues, various scientific issues, physics, geometry, construction, you name it, it will probably come up at some point while practicing law.” His practice has expanded over the years into other areas of civil litigation. Campbell represents businesses and individuals in commercial disputes, breach of contract claims, and general civil litigation matters, including representing individuals injured in accidents. The thrill of a courtroom aside, the most exciting thing about being an attorney to Campbell is the opportunity to help people in need. “You often run into people in this business who are at the worst moments in their lives. More important than getting them to retain you, is making a personal connection with them,” Campbell said. “They have gone through horrible experiences. If nothing else, I can offer them a little bit of information and a bit of solace.” Campbell tries to connect on a personal level with his clients to discover what course of action will help them the most. Once he has determined the best approach to a case, he puts maximum effort into every detail. “It is fulfilling when you can help a client. Some of the most meaningful moments in this job are at the end of the case when you say goodbye to a client and they just want to give you a hug because they feel that you’ve helped them,” Campbell said. He understands that legal recompense will not fully alleviate the injuries his clients have been dealt, but he hopes to help them get through whatever hard time they are experiencing. “Compensation can take care of medical expenses, replace incomes or cover damages,” Campbell said. “You obviously can’t replace the relationships, but you can make it a little bit easier and help them get some closure.” Campbell’s own family life yields insight into what his clients may be experiencing. “I’ve been married for 12 years, and we have three kids, two girls and a boy; they are incredible,” Campbell said. Time not spent with clients is generally spent with his wife and three young children, all of whom are under the age of 10. He knows from firsthand experience what a commitment to raising a family can be for a couple. “When a woman comes to me and tells me about losing her husband, I can understand her hardship,” Campbell said. “I know the challenges involved in raising young children. I can only imagine the obstacles in trying to go it alone. It would be a significant loss.” Having a loving family at home inspires Campbell not only at work, but also in life. “My family inspires me because whether I have had a good day or a bad day, it doesn’t matter to them,” he said. “I’m still daddy and that is the best role that I have.” According to Campbell, his practice has enabled him to spend more time with his children. Due to the fact that his children are so young, they cannot completely understand the nature of their father’s business, but they do know that he is able to spend more time with them. “They are just happy that daddy comes home at the end of the day,” Campbell said. “I have been fortunate that my practice has allowed me to keep mostly regular hours. I can usually go home for dinner. I recognize that I only get my kids at this age once.”
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