By Anthony Calderon

The moment I sat down in front of Personal Injury Attorney Victor Jacobovitz, I felt remarkably calm. I don’t know if it’s something he does intentionally, but the combination of his easy-going smile, sincere demeanor and relaxing voice made me feel like I should be laying on a couch opening up to a therapist. If I actually had some kind of a personal injury, Attorney Jacobovitz would be the perfect Lawyer to settle down my agitated nerves and help me to tell him my story from beginning to end.

If you think about it, the most effective Personal Injury Attorney should be a person who absolutely loves life, because they are, after all, fighting to protect the “quality of life” for their clients. Att. Jacobovitz’s office is filled with things that he loves: his signed autographs from Jack Nicholson and Stephanie Powers; his original Andy Warhol painting of Teddy Roosevelt which he bought three weeks before Andy Warhol died; and then, his antique audio equipment consisting of a 1927 Dictaphone, a 1917 Graphophone, and an original 1907 Edison Radio to name a few.

HW: “You’re an interesting man.”

ATTORNEY VICTOR JACOBOVITZ: “Thank you. Well, life is meant to be enjoyed.”

HW: “You obviously apply that same edict for your clients.”

ATT.JACOBOVITZ: “Absolutely. My job is to get you everything you need to regain as much of your former life as humanly possible – that is always the goal."

HW: “You’ve been an Attorney for 32 years, and from the very beginning you’ve been a Personal Injury Attorney. Why did you choose this field of Law?

ATT. JACOBOVITZ: “You know, one of my early Trial wins was a case against Ford in 1978, where I was a co-counsel with Att. Toxey Smith, whose firm I worked for. We received a 3 million dollar jury verdict against Ford, which, at the time, was the second largest jury verdict in California history, but there’s something very fulfilling about helping a person who’s been hurt in some way. I honestly can’t think of a more gratifying profession.”

HW: “What made you want to become a Lawyer in the first place?

ATT. JACOBOVITZ: “Well, my family always argued, so it seemed like a logical step.”

HW: “That’s funny, but I suspect probably true.”

ATT. JACOBOVITZ: “Look, I’ve had over 30 jury trials in my career – you have to love debating. Cases are won on the strength of your arguments.”

HW: “That’s very true… How do you pick your clients?”

ATT. JACOBOVITZ: “Essentially, I have to believe your story – but I can’t believe in you unless you believe in you… I also need to have chemistry with my client, because in actuality, we’re going to be partners through this entire process.”

HW: “What do you think has been the key to your success and longevity as an Attorney?”

ATT. JACOBOVITZ: “I think I know what people want when they come in my office: they’re looking for someone to basically hold their hand and walk them through this very tough time in their life, and hopefully lead them to a much better place. I have a very personal approach to Law; I make sure I return all calls to my clients because I know it makes them feel better to know I really care about what they’re going through… But I think the short answer to your question about my success is that I look at my job as being in the service business. I’m here for my clients.”

HW: “How much of your business comes from referrals?”

ATT. JACOBOVITZ: “Literally 75%. I‘ve represented entire families – mothers, fathers, cousins, brothers… That kind of referral is really the ultimate compliment.”

HW: “Okay, in closing, I know you’re a huge movie buff, and you actually considered being an actor in high school, so give me a Hollywood metaphor describing your relationship with your clients.”

ATT. JACOBOVITZ: “I’m the Director, they’re the Star, and we’re going for a Blockbuster.”

ATTY. SHANE: “Definitely. I think whatever line of work a person is in they should approach it with complete professionalism. I’m a lawyer, but, once again, what I’m really offering is a service, and a promise to give you my absolute best.”