In the legal profession the word “reputation” is often confused with name recognition or advertising blather. But I have always viewed reputation as a reflection of one’s character and effectiveness. I didn’t come up with this myself. Instead my inspiration is personal: My Father had a great admiration for lawyers who used their knowledge and their expertise to fight for people who couldn’t fight for themselves. It’s what they accomplished for others that mattered. Not what they did for themselves. He thought that was the highest calling, and I am very lucky that he passed that on to me. I got my toughness from my Dad, and my sense of justice from my Mom.
To me, reputation is something that is earned over time, and it is measured by action, not hype.
I am very humbled by the confidence my clients have placed in me. And by the trust other lawyers routinely place in me when they refer me their clients because of my reputation, or when they invite me to consult with them on complex matters for the same reason.
I honor their trust every day by striving to be as effective as I possibly can – for them.
– Tom Marrone