My opponent has not been truthful about me or about his own accomplishments. Maybe it's my upbringing, or all those years in Christian schools, or having a no-nonsense schoolteacher mom, or believing in the oath I took years ago as a lawyer, but I just don't like it when people don't tell the whole truth.
Let's set the record straight.
My opponent claims he has handled 17,000 lawsuits
Truth is my opponent Bruce Williams is part of the problem,
not part of the solution!
He says he's practiced law (and only practiced law) for 37 years. Do the math. 17,000 cases or claims. That would mean since he got out of law school, he has handled, from start to finish, 459.46 lawsuits a year!
Truth is he was local counsel on a handful of silicosis cases. Yes, there were thousands and thousands of individual claims. But, he wasn't handling all of them. If there was a claim in West Texas, the big boys would call him to do the local work. Him saying that he personally handled 17,000 cases - as us Texas natives say, he's all hat and no cowboy.
There's only one candidate in this race who isn't part of the problem, who really is part of the solution - that's me, Frank Hunold. I appreciate your vote.
My opponent said there are 100,000 lawyers in Texas and 88% of the lawyers in Texas chose him in the State Bar poll
Truth is my opponent Bruce Williams got 81 votes,
Truth is there are just over 90,400 licensed lawyers in Texas. We'll say my opponent was just rounding up when he added more than 10% to that number.
Truth is only 92 lawyers in the whole state voted in the poll for the 11th Court of Appeals race. That is 0.001 of all the possible lawyers in Texas who even voted. So, yes, my opponent got 88% of 0.001 of all the lawyers in Texas -- and, his firm counted for 36 of those votes, his campaign manager gave him another vote, the law firms who contributed to his campaign count have another 74 votes possible, and that's not counting the individual attorneys who contributed to his campaign (obviously the Utah lawyers who gave him money couldn't vote) -- Not even all his donors voted for him.
There's only one candidate in this race who knows it's the real world votes who matter, not 88% of 0.001 - that's me, Frank Hunold. I appreciate your vote.
My opponent claims he is the most qualified because he's been an oil & gas attorney for
Truth is my opponent Bruce Williams can't say anything else,
that really is all he is, folks!
He says over, and over, and over, how many years he's been suing people and in courts. We get it. He's a one-trick pony.
Truth is judges need perspective and you don't get that sitting in one place for 37 years. I learned more about oil and gas law, banking law, business law, employment law, mergers and acquisitions, construction law - not by sitting behind a desk or running into courtrooms - but by doing. Sure, I was in courtrooms for years. But, my real understanding came hands-on, in the trenches. Our courts need real world experience.
There's only one candidate in this race who has courtroom, boardroom, real world experience - that's me, Frank Hunold. I appreciate your vote.
My opponent claims I'm "not really a trial attorney"
Truth is my opponent Bruce Williams lying I'm "not really a trial attorney,"
well, that just doesn't really hurt my feelings!
There are worse things in this world than someone saying you're not a trial lawyer. I think one of them has to be not realizing that's not a put down!!
My opponent says over and over he hasn't found I have a "a single case that has been reported in the state of Texas." He even says this lie in newspaper interviews and to Texas Lawyer magazine! The thing is, and an honest attorney will tell you, trials aren't "reported" cases anyway.
Well, if he's such an experienced trial attorney, I'd have thought he'd know how to research and find cases (after all, researching the law is really important when you're a judge!). Apparently, not. Okay, so, to put his mind at ease:
Dodson v. Citizens State Bank of Dalhart, 701 S.W.2d 89 (Tex. App.—Amarillo 1986, writ ref'd n.r.e.)
There's only one candidate in this race who know it takes more to being a good judge than just being a trial lawyer - that's me, Frank Hunold. I appreciate your vote.