On a plane from Geneva or Amsterdam a few years ago I sat next to a man and we struck up a conversation. We seemed to hit it off well and exchanged business cards and went on our way.
Later this man’s family became involved in multi-million dollar litigation. I got a call from his attorney and this fellow I remembered from the plane. They needed some serious investigation.
Soon I was sent out of state to get the skinny on the adverse party and spent a week or more doing just that. I searched far and wide for something resembling a smoking gun for use in the courtroom. My client’s lawyer really put a tight leash on me somewhat obstructing my areas of inquiry. In these kinds of things the lawyer is the boss. I held my nose and obeyed him.
I turned up a bunch of things but nothing seemingly particularly exciting. I called in my information from the field and forwarded my report later.
I was disappointed that I found nothing seemingly spectacular. I felt they did not get the bang for the buck. Boy was I wrong! The documents showed that the adverse party committed perjury and the winds of fortune changed dramatically for my client.
My new client was a rare one. He’s sane, sober, hard working and shared many of my interests. Now my client has become a great friend and that’s the real bonus for that job. The gift of friends is a true blessing in life.
My new friend found at least one more friend through my friends. Friendship is contagious. I must say I like how this turned out.