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A significant trial looms.
The two lawyers and the judge all have major
reasons to worry: Jeri Richards, a newbie judge, is presiding over
her first trial concerned she is too inexperienced to handle it.
Mike Reigert, the plaintiff’s attorney, must try his biggest case
because his client refuses the department store’s huge settlement
offers--just to make sure that what they did to her won’t ever
happen to anyone else. The company’s attorney, Jack Rogers, is told
that he must win this trial or face banishment from his law
If that weren’t enough, the three of them have
been best friends since their first day of law school.
Back then, they were the cream of their law
school and thought their legal careers would involve nothing but
success . . . . Now, they aren’t so sure.
Jeri adored her two friends in law school.
They helped her overcome the trauma of almost being raped. After
graduating, she prosecuted the scum that preyed on the weak and
became the youngest judge in her county.
Mike was planning to work in Geneva stopping
international terrorism, but his uncle convinced him to help in his
small practice in a sleepy town outside of Pittsburgh. Mike itches
for more responsibility and finally comes to represent a woman
mercilessly chained to a table until she confessed to a
Jack craves the big money he would make if he
became a partner at his huge law firm, and is willing to do
anything to make it happen.
Now five years after graduating from law
school they are thrown back together on opposite sides of a trial
where Mike’s client seeks to regain her life while Jack will not
stop to make sure the company prevails.
Jeri watches as the battles between her two
buddies escalate until she has to intervene to protect the life of
one of her friends.
July 16, 2018—Five Years
after Graduation from Law School
Bright lights illuminated the fourteen leather
chairs surrounding the gleaming mahogany table. A video screen
dropped into view with a faint mechanical hum. Once he received the
signal from the nattily dressed man seated at the table, Jack
Rogers dimmed the lights and as he started the video said, "I hope
you are pleased with what you are about to
The man did not react, sitting motionless, staring at the
images on the screen. The presentation lasted less than five
minutes and when it was over the man leaned back in his chair,
resting his hands behind his head. "That was tremendous," he said.
"It should help our case significantly."
Jack let out a scarcely audible sigh having received the
blessing of his mentor. "Ed, do you think they’re going to be
pissed when they see this?"
"Does a bear crap in the woods?"
Jack laughed as if this were the first
time he had heard his mentor ask that question, his black hair
thrown back slightly as his head nodded. "Speaking of the woods,
that little scene where we caught them doing it behind the trees
was entertaining, wasn't it? Do you think we should send them this
video and give them something to think
The man thought for a moment and responded, "No, if they
really want to take this case to trial, you can shove the video up
your buddy's ass during cross-examination. What we just watched
will seal the deal if a jury ever sees it. We'll save it as our
little insurance policy.” He looked over at Jack with a wry smile
on his face. “You finally seem to have this case under
Jack felt his pulse slow for the first time in
Mike Reigert glared at his clients, his clenched fist
pounding the table. "I can't believe what my investigator reported.
Can you explain it to me?" The middle-aged couple sitting in the
fake leather chairs lifted their eyes from the copies of the
seven-page report Mike had given to them at the beginning of their
The couple stared at Mike without responding. Rubbing his
hands through his light-red hair, Mike’s heart rate accelerated and
he felt a trickle of sweat under his arms. He looked squarely at
the woman dressed in an unflattering pantsuit. "Martha, I thought
you spent all day in your bedroom. My investigator has you leaving
your house by yourself three times in a week. Doesn't sound like
you are so hurt to me."
The beefy man in the ratty sports coat sitting next to
Martha put a hand on her arm to indicate he would respond. "Mike,
this doesn't seem so bad to me. This means she didn't leave the
house four days during that week."
"Mr. Gebbert, you don't get it, do you? Close is not good
enough. You have to be perfect. If Martha is injured, then she has
to act like she's hurt. Understand? The report has her going to the
grocery store and then over to a friend's house. Think about what
their lawyer would do with that information if he had it. You
testified she couldn't leave the house. That can't be true if she
is running all over town. If for some reason she absolutely has to
leave home, like if she has to go to her shrink or to come here,
you are holding onto her as if she is the most fragile thing on
Paul Gebbert stood from his chair and looked directly
into Mike's eyes. "We understand what you are saying. She will do
better. I will make sure you can trust her."
Martha stood and weakly grabbed her attorney's hand to
say goodbye. Mike watched his clients leave the conference room and
wondered what curveball his case would throw him
The peeling paint and stained carpet didn't bother Jeri
Richards. She looked at the seal of the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania mounted behind the desk and felt a surge of pride.
"Mom, can you believe this is mine?"
The well-attired woman with Jeri shook her head at the
dilapidated state of the office. "Oh Jeri, look at this desk," she
said as she pulled her hand away from the grime coating the top of
the desk. "This is a mess."
"I know, Mom, but this is easy to fix. Judge Wecksel
didn't care much about decorating. His bigger problem was he liked
to use this office for non-legal acitivites. It's going to be
different now." Jeri folded her arms across her chest and stood
Sandy Richards stepped towards her daughter and embraced
her. "I'm sorry to focus on the unimportant stuff. I'm so proud of
you. I can't believe you are a judge."
Jeri beamed and allowed the hug to linger. The corrugated
paper box her mother had put on the leather armchair in front of
the desk diverted her attention. "What surprises have you brought
Sandy pulled back and cleared her throat. "It's some of
your dad's stuff. I thought you might want
Jeri opened the box and grabbed a picture frame sitting
on top. Her eyes immediately welled-up. "He was so handsome, wasn't
he?" she said pulling her mom over to look at the picture. "I
always thought he looked so strong in his dress
Sandy put her head on Jeri's shoulder. "He
was so good looking. At least you got his beautiful dark skin and
not my pasty white coloring."
They paused for a moment, staring at the picture before
Jeri said, "What else is in the box?"
"Just a few of his things I thought you might like to
have. You can do whatever you want with
Jeri hesitated, sensing that digging deeper into the box
might rip open old wounds. She slowly pulled out her father's
police academy graduation certificate, followed by his badge and
then some ribbons and other commendations. She gasped when she
extracted the last item from the box.
"No way! Mom, how did you get this past security?" Jeri
asked as she held up a sleek patrolman's
Sandy blushed. "The nice security guard downstairs helped
me with the box. I think he just took it to the other side of the
scanner without sending it through. I guess I didn't look terribly
Jeri laughed, but kept her focus on the gun while she
felt its weight in her hands.
"He never shot it. Twenty-two years on the squad and he
never drew his weapon." her mom said. "Kind of ironic, isn't it? He
was killed by that drug dealer, but never unholstered his
Jeri sat into the chair behind the
desk as her mother stood motionless on the other side, their gazes
fixed on the gleam of the revolver.
legal stories approximately 90% or so of the time. So I feel I have
a reasonable knowledge of what books are good or not so
good. This book was excellent. I
would rate Legal Reserves right in my top 5, if not at the top of
my list. I highly recommend this
This book is five solid stars.
Great characters. Wonderful timeline. Sufficiently interesting
legalize. Easy to read. Credible allegorical conclusion. Better
than TV time....
to put the book down from the first page. The book is structured so
that it moves back and forth through time, it moves quickly and
draws you in. The reader gets a mix of the personal and
professional worlds of all three characters. It is a great view
into the complexity of legal system and how perspective can change
As a fan of Scott Pratt and Deborah
Hawkins, I found this author through kindle recommendations. Glad I
did. Great story, wonderful characters and good