Now we are hit with a barrage of attorney ads on billboards, newpapers, television, radio and the internet. Every attorney knows that it's not enough in this era to have a good name, you must be able to market your services.
Some choose to market themselves based on what they can do for the prospective client. They hold themselves out to be an expert in a particular area of the law, they publicize their credentials, they publish papers and legal guides, they speak at various functions. They put together a web site and maybe a blog.
Others choose to smear their colleagues with lies and half-truths. Instead of telling the client what they can do, they spend their time badmouthing other attorneys. They use shills to publicize negative comments, they use "SEO" firms to disseminate lies.
Houston criminal attorney Andy Nolen is one such attorney.
Now I don't usually go and bad mouth my colleagues. They may be my competitition for the client facing a drunk driving charge, but they are also my brothers-in-arms when it comes to defending the Constitution. I have friends who will take the time to answer a question or e-mail a form or brief if I ask; and I am more than willing to do the same.
Andy Nolen, on the other hand, is but a warm bucket of spit. His idea of marketing? Having someone post fake "reviews" of other criminal defense attorneys on Yahoo! while simultaneously posting glowing "reviews" of Mr. Nolen's lawyering prowess.
Hey, Mr. Nolen, at some point in time we all need someone to stand with us. Just who do you think is going to stand by your side? Who's going to have your back? You burn enough bridges you end up stranded on an island all by yourself.
And what does it say about your sense of ethics? You don't seem to think it's a problem to have someone post fake "reviews" about other attorneys. Is there any line you won't cross? Is there any conduct that makes you cringe?
Hal Holbrook had a great line in Wall Street when he told Charlie Sheen that a man has nothing left but his character when he looks down into the abyss and sees nothing looking back. Mr. Nolen, the evidence of a man's character is not what he says, it's what he does when no one else is watching.
I just have one question remaining -- just how many times has this reviewer been arrested for theft, possession of marijuna and driving while intoxicated? Well, make that two -- how many times has he been a guest of the county at the Grey Bar Hilton?