By: Mike Pike
Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra turned 90 years old last week. Mr. Berra played 19 seasons for the New York Yankees, received three Most Valuable Player awards, made 15 All-Star game appearances and hit 12 World Series home runs. He has played in more World Series games (75) than any other player in history.
But Mr. Berra may be more famous for the“Yogi-isms” he uttered over the years than his baseball skill. Here are some of my favorites, and I must admit several of these are very true in the practice of law. My comments are in italics:
“It ain’t over till it’s over.” (Not as long as we can appeal)
“It’s deja vu all over again.” (Some cases are like that.)
“I usually take a two hour nap from one to four.”
“Never answer an anonymous letter.”
“We made too many wrong mistakes.” (Usually said too late)
“You can observe a lot by watching.” (Goes for clients and attorneys!)
“The future ain’t what it used to be.” (For all of you thinking of law school)
“If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”
“Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” (Sounds like the courthouse)
“You should always go to other people’s funerals; otherwise, they won’t come to yours.”
“I didn’t really say everything I said.” (Sounds like an admission against interest)
“I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.” (Every previous generation had it tougher)
Mike currently is the attorney for the Cities of Radcliff and Vine Grove, advising elected officials, employees, and various city boards on a wide variety of legal matters. A member of the American Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association, Hardin County Bar, Meade County Bar, and Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Mike focuses his legal practice on cases concerning personal injury and social security, municipal law, business formation, and estates and probate law. Additionally, Mike oversees the real estate law department for the firm.