Dial likes the kinder, gentler variety of legal advocacy -- but mostly he wants to use his skills to benefit the community. He reduces his fee for
Hired at law firm Fine & Hatfield after he just missed graduating in the top 10 percent of his class at the
The work allows Dial, 34, to help people without hurting other people.
"I give advice for elderly individuals -- mainly their kids -- (in situations) where you have to go into a nursing home and you can't afford the nursing home," he said. "The federal government set up a
"So I help the children of those elderly individuals to set up their parents to qualify for
Dial was applying to work for law firms in
At Fine & Hatfield, the rising young lawyer had excellent connections.
Dial's father-in-law, attorney
The connections obviously helped, Dial said, but he got the job on merit.
"I didn't apply to other law firms. I would hope and think that I could have applied to other law firms and gotten hired there," he said. "I don't think I would have been hired if I hadn't done well in law school."
"He is a very hard worker, and he is always cheerful and has a great attitude," Tarrants said.
Dial, who has two young children, is known inside the firm as a committed family man.
"He even has lunch dates with his wife and kids," Tarrants said. "He is very close with his family."
Dial particularly enjoys working on adoptions, representing both adoptive couples and birth mothers and fathers. True to form, he appreciates the cooperative nature of such cases.
"In adoptions, everyone is looking at the same goal -- that is, to get this child adopted to a family that will love and care for him," he said.
As if he were letting slip a fun fact of law, Dial divulged that judges also enjoy adoptions.
"It's really a unique experience. Some people bring their entire families, and they get photos with the judges. It becomes an event," he said.
"It's always nice when, in a very cordial way, you have attorneys that you respect and they respect you. In those situations, yes, the adversarial process can be enjoyable. But its also a nice breath of fresh air to do non-adversarial cases. It's nice to work with your peers and people you respect and not have to argue with them all the time."
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