The world of attorneys’ fees in civil litigation is – mercifully – a mystery to much of the public. In this episode, we discuss different ways that the law has evolved to help people pay for a lawyer in civil cases when they need one (but couldn’t otherwise afford to pay high hourly rates), and potential gaps in this ad hoc system of civil representation.

Ever wonder what it’s like to be stuck in a position where the justice system is your only hope? John Davis was severely injured by someone else’s negligence, and found himself without a job, an income or a warm place to live. Left with no other options, John decided to sue for damages while living out of his car. John put his faith in the legal system, and fought his way to justice. This is his story.

The governmental affairs committee is where the rubber meets the road when bills are presented that might impact the legal profession or the bar in general. John Bogart, long-serving co-chair of that committee and I talk about the impact that lawyers can have on the legislative process and the proper way to approach public policy issues as a lawyer.

Since 2008, I have happily enjoyed the benefits of working at a wonderful, mid-sized Salt Lake City law firm by the name of Christensen & Jensen. I loved it there, and I still count many people there as among my closest friends and mentors. However, in late December 2016/early January 2017, I left the firm life behind and founded The Law Offices of Gabriel K. White. Why would any (marginally) sane lawyer do that? This episode explores that question, and all its implications.