Saturday, December 18, 2010

Some Big Fishes Don't Really Matter

You could say I am very wrong.

I turned down a really big client because I believed he was guilty of the serious charges against him and there was no provision in law that could save him. Lots of people told me it was a mistake to let him go because he's the 'big fish' types and that even if you knew you can't make a decent man out of him, you could still have represented him and made lots of money and contacts in the process. While I admire lawyers who are able to do that and sleep peacefully, its not what makes me happy at the end of the day, when I look into my son's eyes and want to see a world of wonders there, not one of treachery reflecting back through me. What my father taught me about honesty, I want to pass it as a legacy even if it means letting the big fishes go their way. Their way is not mine.
 
When we began Axess Legal Corp, we knew the road ahead would not be easy because we had taken a big responsibility and risk at one go. There are some things that I will not compromise on - integrity, honesty and openness. I can not justify to myself if I compromise on any of these three things, not even for the sake of money because it is not always about money. Yes, we need it but not to the point of doing things that we can't justify to ourselves at the end of the day.  
 
At some point of time, each of us has to do what we believe is the right thing for oneself, isn't it? What do you say?
 
 

7 comments:

Stranger said...

Congrats Pal. I would have done the same thing 1000 times. Money is not the beginning or end of world. Hats off to your conscience ...

NRIGirl said...

Absolutely SAnand! You are doing the right thing by letting the seemingly "Big fish" go.

Your reward is greater - the well wishes from the true cases you represent.

Keep up your efforts to stay honest.

Mridula said...

I am glad you shared this. And that you decided to act this way.

Tarun Mitra said...

If it is your choice then better be stick to it

chitra said...

Absolutely. I love your attitude. At the end of the day one must get peaceful sleep. Money is not everything though one cannot live with out it. Great Sanand.We need lot of people like you in our society.

Sanand said...

It's great to have your feedback and active support on this issue.

The truth is that a majority of people in my profession disagreed with me but I see it differently and as I said, I may have been wrong but I'd not feel good about compromising on what I believe in for the sake of greater fame or whatever it may have brought me in terms of publicity or money.

In a way, God's gift for me has followed immediately thereafter. See my latest post and you will know what i mean.

dipali said...

Oh, absolutely! A person has to be able to live with his own conscience.