From the Verdicts & Settlements page of today's Recorder (Legal Pad's sister publication), the case of Foster v. Coalinga jumped out at us.
What screamed out from the text, though, was the name of one of the law firms representing the plaintiff: "Real Lawyers at Affordable Prices, Fresno."
What, did Lionel Hutz pass the California bar? No, Real Lawyers at Affordable Prices appears to be an actual law firm led by Eric Schweitzer, who was counsel on the case along with San Carlos attorney Bruce Nickerson.
We called Schweitzer a couple of times to find out more about his firm and how he chose its name, but he didn't respond. According to the firm's website (www.myreallawyers.com), the idea is to "Get yourself a Real Lawyer. One you can shake hands with before you sign anything."
We'd love a lawyer we could shake hands with, like Real Lawyer staffer Nancy Smith, a 2000 graduate of the prestigious Anystate University law school.
Maybe that part of the website is still under construction. The point is, "You need lawyers who are smart enough to know what to do and tough [enough] to fight for your freedom when you are charged with a crime. At Real Lawyers, we do just that, without wasting money on a fancy location, or expensive advertizing [sic]."
No word yet on whether Mr. Schweitzer's business card turns into a sponge when put in water.
[Update: Mr. Schweitzer has posted a comment below. We have corrected the case name accordingly.]
[Further update: It appears myreallawyers.com is now under reconstruction.]
-- Scott Graham