Lambert Law Firm, LLC: Seeing To It That Justice Is Served
Michael Lambert is the owner of Lambert Law LLC which is located just off the Square next to Dobb’s Shoe Service at 112 West Market Street in Athens. He was born in Huntsville, raised in Athens, and graduated from Athens High School. He enlisted in the Army in 1988, and was honorably discharged in 1993.
Michael attended Calhoun Community College where he met his beautiful wife and the two of them transferred to the University of Alabama. He graduated from Cumberland School of Law on Samford’s campus in Birmingham, Alabama in 1999. After graduating law school, Michael and his wife, Glenna, moved back to Athens where they are raising their two sweet daughters.
He has been involved with several charitable organizations in Athens. Michael has enjoyed coaching basketball both for Upward and at the Athens Recreation Center. One of the traits I noticed about Michael is how he can explain complicated matters in a way that is easily understood. Attorneys are only required to attend twelve (12) hours of continuing education per year. Michael has done at least double that for most of the years he has been in practice. Honing his skills each year, Michael is an active member of the American Association of Justice (AAJ) and was published in their instructive materials for how to litigate bad faith insurance claims.
Upon asking him why I should choose him should I need legal representation, he responded quickly, “I will walk you through the good, the bad, and the ugly of your case. I won’t sugar coat the facts about your case. I will be respectful and kind, but my goal is five years from now, a client should look back and feel good about the decision they made.” I found it refreshing to hear that Mr. Lambert tells his clients just how tough their fight may be.
I asked him why he does not practice in just one area of law, such as divorce. Michael said “I don’t like doing almost the exact same thing every day. I enjoy the interaction of how owning a business might affect your divorce or if one person or the other declares bankruptcy while litigating a defective house claim. How the different areas of the law fit together interests me.” This might explain why Michael has helped clients throughout the State of Alabama and in six other states.
I asked Michael what case surprised him the most. He said, “Well there are a couple of cases that come to mind. First, I never thought I would try a criminal defense case in Los Angeles, California. And, second, I did not contemplate trying a corporate fraud case in Columbia, South Carolina.” But, he went on to say that has become his unofficial motto, “Have law degree, will travel.”
New to the Lambert Law Firm is Laura Nichols. “Laura brings a fresh perspective,” said Michael. He explained that someone who is a recent law school graduate is going to look at cases from perhaps a different angle than someone “who has been in the trench for too long.” Laura graduated from Ole Miss, was in private practice for about a year, and joined Lambert Law in October of 2012. When Michael is preparing for a trial, Laura takes the oppositional position and throws every possible question and argument at him that she can. She is also a stickler for details, loves doing research for a case, and gets pleasure out of the paperwork side of the practice of law. “She cares about each case, and she makes everyone at our office better.”
I realize that it is rather subjective to pick a counselor at law based on what you observe in his interaction with his kids or the way he speaks of his wife, but the love and interest he showed them, even while being “in the middle of an interview,” coupled with the love and interest Laura shows toward her clients, convinced me without much effort that Lambert Law Firm truly cares about what it does for its clients. Michael says it best “if you don’t believe in the case, don’t take it, otherwise neither you nor your client will be happy.”
LAMBERT LAW FIRM
Michael C. Lambert
Laura M. Nichols
Divorce ~ Bankruptcy ~ Construction Defects ~ Insurance Litigation
By: Ali Elizabeth Turner