Ryan Peterson took the time to assess my situation, give me his opinion and several options to take action on. I had no firsthand experience in legal matters and so I did not understand how stressful they could be. Yet he was patient and his support was exactly what I needed to push through it.
It was clear that he had a lot of experience, professional contacts and personal knowledge of judges or attorneys we may encounter. That, along with his high energy and confident demeanor helped to put me at ease.
Leaving for the final court appearance, I had anxiety about how the judge perceived me. What is the legal equivalent to a mic drop in the court room? In hindsight, that is what Ryan did, he was confident and he was absolutely right.
May I never have to see another courtroom again, but if I do, I want Ryan there with me.