Local lawyers have entertained, perplexed and informed residents for many years with advertisements that range from the quirky to the political. Who can forget commercials by Robert Brunkenhoefer, giving his phone number in Spanish: "Ocho, Ocho, Ocho-Ocho, Ocho, Zero, Ocho."
Attracting clients isn't always the goal, some attorneys say.
"I have all the business I need. It's about making a point," said lawyer Dan Alfaro, who has a half dozen billboards up in the Coastal Bend, including those of the past saying such things as: :"If your child is in a gang it's your fault," and "Abused by the IRS? Write your U.S. Senator."
"It's better saying that than 'Hire Dan Alfaro' and showing a wrecked car," Alfaro said.
An advertising campaign by Perry & Haas, LLP, accentuates social change resulting from its victories, rather than the accompanying big-money awards. One commercial features cars and trucks whose dangerous designs were changed in later models because of litigation. Another points out that the ordinance requiring fencing around swimming pools resulted from court cases.
"Most advertising is to raise the profile of the advertiser," said Pat Shackleford, a partner in the firm. "Ours also raise the awareness of what can come from litigation."
Alfaro said every once in a while someone will call after reading on of his signs.
"Some call because they think I'm egocentric and some call because they think I'm an S.O.B. But either way, I make my point."
Staff writer Stephanie L. Jordan can be reached at 886-3724 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, December 29, 2006
Posted by CC Watchdog Authority at 9:18 PM