The Most Powerful Attorney in the World: Stories from Your Law Life

The Most Powerful Attorney in the World: Stories from Your Law Life

by Jay Reeves


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A collection of short stories from a Law Life well-lived, which as the seasons pass becomes less about law and liability and more about loss, love, longing, laughter and life’s lasting luminescence.

The author grew up in the small town of Kingstree, South Carolina, in a small house a few blocks from the little league ballfield, the Carnegie Library and the Anderson Theater. Even closer on Main Street was the historic Robert Mills-designed courthouse.

Those elements – books, movies, baseball and the law – pop up often in The Most Powerful Attorney in the World.

For more than 35 years, the author practiced law in South Carolina and North Carolina, working variously as a trial attorney, Legal Aid lawyer, solo practitioner, corporate counsel, and insurance Vice-President and Risk Manager. Off hours, he was married with four children and dealing with the usual Stuff of Life.

At night he wrote these stories.

They first appeared in a corporate newsletter that came out each month. The stories kept coming, the months added up, the seasons passed.

And a strange and wonderful thing happened. The stories became less and less about law and legal liability, and more and more about loss, love, longing, laughter and life’s lasting luminescence.

Memories of the green early days become The Associate in the Shower Curtain and The Lawyer Who Ran but Couldn’t Hide. The middle seasons yield The Pig-Tailed Pitcher in Traffic Court and Every Law Life Needs a Treehouse. Losing a parent brings Fathers, Sons and Little League and The Phone That Never Rang, losing a pet The Lawyer Who Cried Woof.

And some of the many lessons taught by clients, colleagues and judges over the decades are captured in Every Lawyer’s Worst Nightmare, Why I Attacked an Attorney with a Laserand Surf’s Up at Folly Beach.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“I’ve enjoyed Jay’s stories for years, and each seems better than the last. He narrates real-life experiences with a combination of witty humor, unique perspective, and exceptional insight—and never disappoints the reader.”

Kim Shaftner, MD JD FCLM, Fellow, American College of Legal Medicine

Knott Boyle PLLC, Raleigh, NC

“I always look forward to Jay’s columns. They never disappoint. They may be funny or poignant, but always pack a punch and an important life lesson. I’m so glad this book is being published, so others will have a chance to enjoy his words of wisdom.”

Patricia W. Nystrom, Attorney

Henderson, Nystrom, Fletcher & Tydings, PLLC, Charlotte, NC

“Jay’s stories are quick, humorous, light-hearted reads that contain deep insights into the foibles—not just in him—but in all of us. Each story is a gentle homily without any preaching. And best of all, at the end of each story you will have both a smile and a lesson in living a full and rewarding life. The Art of Sliding, in particular, is a home run. It touches all the aforementioned bases!”

Kim R. Bauman, Executive Partner

Wyatt Early Harris Wheeler LLP, High Point, NC

“Jay is a talented writer with a gift of telling heartwarming stories about many subjects, especially: baseball, lawyering, North Carolinians and children. Buy his book!”

C. David Benbow, Attorney

Benbow & Martin, PC, Statesville, NC

“I look forward to Jay Reeves’ stories and often copy them to share with others. Jay’s sense of humor has a twist, and his stories of the vagaries of life are always well told.”

Auley (Lee) Crouch III, Attorney

Block, Crouch, Keeter, Behm & Sayed, LLP, Wilmington, NC

“Jay’s stories remind me of the British TV series Rumpole of the Bailey. His clients are often unpredictable, and Jay has to come up with an unexpected solution. These stories should comfort young lawyers as well as old that the difficulties they are facing are not unique.”

Ash Pipkin, Attorney

Raleigh, NC

The Most Powerful Attorney in the World, a collection of stories and insights by Jay Reeves, is a welcome reflection as to what is truly important in our lives on a daily basis in the high-stress environment we have chosen as our profession in hopes that we can make a contribution for the betterment of our society.”

Anthony di Santi, Attorney, Former president, NC State Bar

di Santi Watson Capua Wilson & Garrett, PLLC

Boone, NC

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781734108606
Publisher: Lawyers Mutual Consulting & Services LLC
Publication date: 11/10/2019
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)

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