“I guess, technically, as they say in the legal world, “Case closed.” I say “technically closed” for it’s actually not closed, for we both feel that Jeanne O’Grady is part of the family…”
Letter to Jeanne O’Grady from a couple seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident.
“We are all delighted that the claim has come to a conclusion and we can finally have closure in relation to the legal aspect of losing him. On behalf of my children and myself we would like to thank you
sincerely from the bottom of our hearts for the way that you have supported us throughout this very traumatic process. We have been overwhelmed by your kindness and will never forget you!!”
Note to Ken Nolan and Jeanne O’Grady from the family of a young father killed in a motor vehicle accident.
"As I've thought about this note, I've been stymied by the lack of words that will tell you how deeply grateful I am to the Granito Team... You brought joy into what otherwise would have been a barren and sorrow-filled time for me. You have become trusted and dear friends that I will treasure from here on in... The dedication to our cause and that of all the PAN AM 103 families is apparent in every word you speak and in all your actions... God is really good to have sent you to us and us to you..."
Letter to Frank H. Granito, Jr. and Frank H. Granito, III, from a mother who lost her son in the Pan Am 103 Lockerbie Air Disaster.
"There is no easy way to go through this ordeal, but because of people like you and Rina-and many others-I believe God is holding us in the palm of His hand."
Letter to Gerard R. Lear from wife of a federal worker who died as a result of exposure to toxic chemicals.
"Life, I am quite sure you well know, has a way of making people bitter and cynical - I am no exception. Because of your impeccable honesty and integrity, your sincere kindness and generosity, you have done a great deal to restore my faith in human nature. Because of you, for once in a very long time, I feel my dignity restored in me. I can never adequately thank you for your kindness and understanding and all the work you have done on my behalf. Perhaps Emerson was right when he said, "I didn't find my friends, the good God gave them to me."
A letter to Kenneth P. Nolan from a woman severely injured in an automobile accident.
"I did not want to close my file on this matter without writing to you to express my sincere thanks to all of the members of the firm...for your splendid attention to this difficult matter. I was particularly pleased that you were able to effect this excellent result...and it was likewise gratifying to know that you were able to put a substantial dent in the harsh doctrine of the Warsaw Convention."
Letter from a lawyer for the family of a young woman who was injured in the bombing of a Pan Am aircraft while still on the ground.
"...These lawyers, as an example, are marvelous people. They are dedicated and they are very, very skilled, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to deal with them...I think that the parties have all...received the very best professional help and advice."
Judge David V. Kenyon, U.S. District Court, S.D.CA
In Re: Aircrash Disaster near Cerritos, California,
August 31, 1986 (MDL No. 717)
(Joseph T. Cook, Plaintiffs' Steering Committee)
"I wish to thank you for the conscientious effort and congratulate you for the successful handling of the MEA suit. I am grateful for the interest and confidence exhibited by you throughout. May I say it contributed greatly to personal comfort in a time of stress. This satisfactory settlement is quite worthy of praise - and I want you to know I am most appreciative for all achieved in an expeditious manner."
Letter to Charles F. Krause from a client who lost her husband in the Middle Eastern Airlines crash in the Mediterranean.
"You will probably never know me, Mr. Krause, and under ordinary circumstances, I doubt I would've ever heard of Speiser Krause. Unfortunately, my circumstances aren't so ordinary, and I know more about Speiser Krause than an everyday person like myself ever should. Last Christmas, my husband had an awful bike accident...his six-week-old bike collapsed underneath him, leaving him with injuries that would require him to have metal plates placed in his head. I believe in God, and I believe that there is a purpose for everything that happens to us, but I cannot understand why my husband deserved this awful fate. I've tried for nearly a year to understand the purpose of this tragedy and constantly come up with nothing. I will never understand why my family was forced to endure such a tragedy...at Christmas of all times...but I do know that I could not have gotten through this without the kindness of Dan Barks and Leigh Ballen. I don't know how it is that these two gentlemen ended up at your law firm, but I do know that my life will never be the same because of them. At the lowest point in my life Dan and Leigh have been there for me, as friends and as damn good attorneys, too. When I go to sleep at night, I pray for Dan and Leigh in the same way as I do the rest of my family...that must tell you how important they are to me. My purpose of this email is just to let you know that you have two exceptional people on your team, and my heart nearly bursts when I think of the positive impact they have had in my life. Because of them, I will never be the same, and I just wanted you to know."
Letter to Charles F. Krause from wife of client who was injured when the bike he was riding collapsed.