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God love him.
Best says he put the shark, a fiberglass cast taken from a real Australian fish, on the roof of his offices on Central Expressway about four months ago. It has since attracted "quite a few cases" to Best and Associates, a four-lawyer firm specializing in (surprise!) auto-accident litigation. Best also fishes and scuba dives and has decorated his office with fish, so the shark seemed like a natural sign, given the nature of his practice.
As for other lawyers' reactions, Best says, "Some of them liked it; a lot of them thought it was horrible, but they're not paying my bills."
Then, in language worthy of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Best summed up for us his view of what makes a good, shark-worthy lawyer: "If people want to hire a nice lawyer, they [can] ask their grandma. People want a mean, aggressive lawyer, not some pussy."
That makes us want to either step in front of a bus, just so we can hire the guy, or drive very, very carefully so someone else doesn't.
The Washingtonian wrote that Wayne Slater of The Dallas Morning News "is a nice guy and knows a lot about Bush's record in Texas, but he's loud and loves to hear himself pontificate." (Sounds like a good Texan to us.)
Way to make the team, Wayne. You go, guy, and when the campaign is done, remember that you have two of the qualities needed to advance to a newspaper management position or to become a columnist. You just have to get over being a nice guy.
--Compiled from staff reports by Patrick Williams