At the close of a big trial, I felt very down about the way things had gone and the likely outcome. The feeling I had when I walked out of the courtroom with both the client and my managing attorney looking at me was overwhelming.
I felt terrible. Not only did I feel an enormous sense of responsibility and disappointment for having let them down, my client (and I) needed an award of attorneys’ fees. Having significant financial strains already, I was relying heavily on my client being awarded attorneys’ fees. When the court issued the order denying such an award, I felt hopeless and suicidal. My managing attorney told me not to do anything I would regret and that we would work through this. His words provided little comfort, and I ended up calling LCL. I had heard about LCL through the Minnesota Bar Association Convention and had heard a member tell his story.
I was in front of a counselor within 2 1/2 hours. I can honestly say I don’t know that I would have survived but for LCL, the immediate response, and the ongoing support of a support group which allows me to get necessary “maintenance checks.” When you are in crisis you either need an ER or an appointment immediately. LCL provided me with the necessary service. The most comforting thing is knowing that contacting LCL will not adversely affect your practice as it is confidential.