We try to do what we know is right. Abraham Lincoln once said: “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” People are given power in many situations, from their interpersonal relationships, their social and religious affiliations, their employment, and as public politicians and leaders. Most individuals undoubtedly strive to use the power given them with wisdom and prudence; others, however, use this power arbitrarily and capriciously for their own personal gain.
We are fortunate to live in a country that has memorialized a system of checks and balances to permit individual citizens to cry foul when a leader or politician abuses his or her position of authority. At our firm, we believe democracy works best when all voices may be heard, not when a leader or politician can use his or her position to stifle dissent. We respect those leaders and politicians who strive to fulfill their positions honorably, regardless of political persuasion. We admire those individuals who have sworn to protect us from those who would flaunt the law. However, we will not hesitate to challenge a leader who abuses the position, or a police officer who uses deadly force to wrongfully and needlessly end the life of another. The United States Constitution, in its preamble, asserts that one of its very purposes is to “establish Justice.” Our founding fathers gave us this great gift, that of obtaining both accountability and redress when power is abused. We owe it to these founding fathers to protect ourselves and our posterity from tyranny, and our selection of cases and causes are often based upon these fundamental principles.