Our great friend and colleague, founder and former leader of our firm, passed away March 23, 2021 after a long and debilitating illness.
Austin was a true legal scholar who respected and honored the highest principles of our judicial system in how he practiced and conducted himself. He had an exceptional intellect and paired it with great analytical skills, judgment and the ability to think multiple steps in advance. Although it would have been easy to rest and rely on his many talents to carry him forward, Austin had a tireless work ethic, constantly pushing himself to find and prove the truth in order to deliver the best possible legal representation and results to and for his clients.
For many this would define who they were, but it didn’t define Austin.
Austin was shaped by his upbringing. His respect, love and appreciation for his mother, Mary, had no bounds. She embodied great faith, unwavering responsibility and a strong love and dependability. As great as Austin’s talents were, his most remarkable traits were his sense of responsibility, his loyalty and his empathy for those with little or who had lost much. He loved children, respected single mothers and always gave of himself to improve their lots. He was devoted to his wife, Joan, the love of his life, and to his children, Kerry, Ryan and Erin, their spouses, and his grandchildren.
Austin set the highest of standards and demanded them of himself. We have been blessed to work closely with him and to have him as our friend. We miss him greatly.
Attorney A. Ryan McGuigan, a principal with the firm, has recently completed the ARISE® Intervention Training Program, to assist clients who are struggling with Drug and Alcohol Substance Abuse. The ARISE® Model is directed towards getting the addicted loved one into treatment with the least possible effort through loving, compassionate and non-blaming techniques. The support system is designed to form a committed Intervention Network to motivate the addicted individual into treatment.
Prior to his training with ARISE®, Attorney McGuigan was trained in the Johnson Model of Intervention which he practiced for over 10 years. This method focuses on heavy involvement by family members to encourage the addict into treatment. Family members or caregivers confront the addict by motivating and encouraging them to change their lifestyle for the good of not only themselves, but for the good of the family around them.
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