Trial Lawyers do it for the Right Reasons

By Attorney Gordon S. Johnson, Jr.


Why does a bright, idealistic young man choose to become a lawyer over some other profession? Money, not so much. At 22 money doesn’t mean much. For most of us, we did it because we believed in the American concept of justice and we wanted to do something important, to preserve that concept of justice. If you lived through the 60’s, maybe you wanted to be a lawyer to make America better, to make it more free and equal.

It took me years after I got my law degree to find my role in the legal system, to find something I could consistently make a good living doing and still find the fulfill my desire for advocacy that fueled my desires to go to law school. For me that was brain injury and fighting for better diagnosis and compensation for those who suffer brain damage as a result of the wrongful conduct of others. In 1996 the internet gave me a platform for that advocacy and I haven’t been shut up since. LOL. That I was a journalism major before I started law school probably made this forum an easier one for me than for most.

Last year about this time I suffered an extreme attack against my character because of a law suit I filed, with my legal claims being labeled “scandalous” and defamatory. While these attacks were limited to motions within the case itself, they caused extreme anxiety and consumed large resources of our law office to fend off. At the worst of it, my son Paul could see the stress on my face. He made it better with one line:

“Dad, you are doing all this for the right reasons.”

My good friend and long time colleague Steven Gursten of Michigan is now suffering a much more severe attack for his advocacy, one where a defense expert witness is trying to take away his license to practice law. See Steven’s blog at:

In this blog Steven simply lays out the actions of the defense psychiatrist’s claims as to what his client told her versus the actual recording of what was said. It is a powerful warning as to how defense experts can attempt to manipulate the legal system to deny brain injured person’s justice. It is a must read. It should also be a cautionary tale to all injured people that these doctors will never be their friend.

The doctor wants to silence Steven’s blog. She wants to deny him his chance to seek justice into the future. In this case, the jury has already decided that Steven’s client was injured, to the tune of $3.5 million dollars.

It should be noted that jury did in fact watch the entire two hour defense medical exam after this cross examination, and at the end of this case returned a verdict in favor of Mr. Fairley for $3.5 million dollars.

Please read and comment. Let Steven know, let defense doctors know, that all those who seek justice stand with Steven.

Steven, you are doing it for the right reasons.



Gordon Johnson

Attorney Gordon Johnson is one of the nations leading brain injury advocates. He is Past-Chair of the TBILG, a national group of more than 150 brain injury advocates. He has spoken at numerous brain injury seminars and is the author of some of the most read brain injury web pages on the internet.

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