Be the Best Lawyer You Can Be

In honor of Veteran’s Day, our firm wanted to remember and thank all the veterans who served our country and continue to do so today. Peter A. Sartes is the firm’s very own veteran and he brings all the characteristics you would expect from a former army officer to work with him every single day for the benefit of our clients. The slogan, “Be All You Can Be” should not just apply to the military, but to every occupation in America.

So many lawyer jokes bad mouth the profession and many times lawyers justify them. Lawyers get a bad rap for being greedy, snake oil salesmen. Lawyers are known to try to exploit the system, their clients, and other lawyers in order to make the most money they can. Many lawyers don’t meet their clients, care about their cases, or attempt to get any better at their jobs.

The practice of law is not a world of secrets that one lawyer knows and another doesn’t. We all went to law school, and we are all forced to follow the same rules, statutes, and procedures. Some lawyers have more experience than others, some lawyers work harder than others, but there are no “secrets” that set lawyers apart. We as lawyers should help each other help clients. We need to share the knowledge and experience we gain throughout our careers to help lawyers avoid the mistakes we have made, and to help other lawyers effectively fight for their clients the way we have fought for ours.

At the Law Offices of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos, we make it a point to absorb knowledge, learn about the profession, and make connections every chance we get. We attend CLE’s, conferences, and luncheons as often as we can. George E. Tragos is celebrating his 40 year reunion with his FSU College of Law classmates this weekend in Tallahassee for the Virginia game, yet he still attends CLE’s on a regular basis. You should never stop learning or perfecting your craft. He sets the example for our firm.

The lawyers at our firm are frequently approached to speak or write on a given topic. We consider it a privilege, not a burden, to share with the legal community. We love to share our knowledge and experience with other lawyers whenever we get the opportunity to speak at a conference or author an article. Just over the past few months, George E. Tragos has spoken at the Criminal Law Basic Course every young lawyer must take in Florida, he has spoken on evidentiary techniques, and he has spoken at colleges and law schools across the country. Peter A. Sartes has sat on a panel with esteemed judges and lawyers discussing the trends in evidence concerning civil litigation, and he has also spoken on the relationship between a civil litigation and the preceding criminal case. Peter L. Tragos has spoken at a Civil Evidence Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Course, a Technology CLE sharing how to use the most cutting edge technology in the legal field, and he has spoken at the Trinity Christian College of Florida on Constitutional Law. Our firm has published articles in the Clearwater Bar Association’s newsletter, Res Ipsa Loquitor on topics involving Civil Litigation and Personal Injury; The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer’s magazine, The Defender; and various other publications one topics such as Ethics and Criminal Defense. When we come across an aspect of our practice that we feel can help other lawyers, we write an article and speak at a conference to share that information. If we can help the betterment of other lawyers, and vice versa, we do our best to accomplish that goal. The more quality attorneys there are in the world, the better it is for the clients. Any lawyer will tell you that litigating a case with a quality attorney as opposing counsel is a dream compared to dealing with a shady or incompetent attorney that gives credence to the typical lawyer joke.

In the spirit of this article, our firm will be publishing a series of blog articles on maximizing a personal injury client’s case by drafting effective demands that contain the necessary information insurance companies are looking for, and removing unnecessary information. This series will benefit lawyers practicing personal injury, doctors that handle injury related treatment, and the everyday citizen that may one day have to endure a personal injury suit in one way or another.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have throughout the series, feel free to e-mail us at

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