The Most Powerful Attorney in the World

by Jay Reeves | September 09, 2019

By Jay Reeves

A collection of short stories from a Law Life well-lived, which as the seasons pass becomes less about law and liability and more about loss, love, longing, laughter and life’s lasting luminescence.

The author grew up in the small town of Kingstree, South Carolina, in a small house a few blocks from the little league ballfield, the Carnegie Library and the Anderson Theater. Even closer on Main Street was the historic Robert Mills-designed courthouse.

Those elements – books, movies, baseball and the law – pop up often in The Most Powerful Attorney in the World.

For more than 35 years, the author practiced law in South Carolina and North Carolina, working variously as a trial attorney, Legal Aid lawyer, solo practitioner, corporate counsel, and insurance Vice-President and Risk Manager. Off hours, he was married with four children and dealing with the usual Stuff of Life.

At night he wrote these stories.

They first appeared in a corporate newsletter that came out each month. The stories kept coming, the months added up, the seasons passed.

And a strange and wonderful thing happened. The stories became less and less about law and legal liability, and more and more about loss, love, longing, laughter and life’s lasting luminescence.

Memories of the green early days become The Associate in the Shower Curtain and The Lawyer Who Ran but Couldn’t Hide. The middle seasons yield The Pig-Tailed Pitcher in Traffic Court and Every Law Life Needs a Treehouse. Losing a parent brings Fathers, Sons and Little League and The Phone That Never Rang, losing a pet The Lawyer Who Cried Woof.

And some of the many lessons taught by clients, colleagues and judges over the decades are captured in Every Lawyer’s Worst Nightmare, Why I Attacked an Attorney with a Laserand Surf’s Up at Folly Beach.