Letter from Sheila Bell-Messier

December 1, 2007

Dear Joel:

It appears that our journey has come to an end, and what a journey it has been, I know you attorneys do this everyday, however, from the client’s perspective, it has been a nightmare.  I want you to know how much I appreciate the efforts you and your staff put forth to win this lawsuit.

At this time in my life, I feel I have few tasks left to accomplish.  The one I hold dearest to me is the importance of nurturing, mentoring and supporting our youth.  With that being said, I want to comment on your staff member Sarah.  There were times during this lawsuit that I questioned all lawyers’ involved basic understanding of my industry.  Medicare laws and guidelines are complicated, however, Sarah was relentless.  She crossed many lines in dealing with me to accomplish her goal.  The beautiful redhead, with a mind like a steel trap, literally took me over the edge learning the Medicare laws.

During our last meeting in Washington, D.C., with all the lawyers from both sides present and Sarah giving our presentation, I sat there thinking that my fate was now in Sarah’s hands.  Having never gone to battle with her before, I was nervous about her ability to stand strong with such fierce opposition from New York.  Within the first ten minutes, I knew Sarah had mastered her craft.  She was brilliant when questioned by the senior partner from Latham & Watkins.  She didn’t falter or hesitate as she proceeded to nail her issue.  I was extremely proud that I had such a talent representing me.

So, Joel, if I ever have to go into battle again, I’ll take Sarah anytime.

It has been a pleasure meeting you and your staff.  Thank you for representing me.

Sheila Bell Messier



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