Reagan sahadi is a tenacious and hardworking personal injury attorney who represents clients in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases across Texas and the country. Reagan Sahadi grew up in South Texas and comes from a family of entrepreneurs.
He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2001. He then attended the University of Houston Law Center and graduated graduating in 2005. Reagan returned home to Corpus Christi, Texas, and began practicing law.
Reagan sahadi has recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of its clients, including a $ 124 million judgment against a negligent bus company in El Paso, Texas. Reagan is married to Dr. Mary Margaret Ara, MD and has three beautiful children. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing sports, working on his ranch and fishing.
We recently had the opportunity to chat with Reagan sahadi and learn more about his background and how he successfully built a personal injury law firm.
How did you get started?
I started my career as a lawyer in an insurance defense firm representing businesses and individuals who have been sued but backed by large corporate insurance companies. However, it just didn’t match my personality. I was mentally lost, not even knowing if I wanted to continue practicing law.
One Friday morning my uncle, who is a dentist, was playing golf in Houston, Texas. He hit the golf ball and was walking back to the cart when the earth suddenly engulfed him in a giant sinkhole. The only thing that kept him from dying in the chasm was that he extended his right arm and shoulder to stop the fall. In doing so, he tore the ligaments in his arm and shoulder to the point that he could no longer perform dentistry. He attempted to settle the claim with the golf course insurance company, but to no avail. He asked me if I could help.
This was my first personal injury claim. It was then that I found my vocation. I vigorously worked the backrest against the golf course and discovered that a drainage pipe had come loose below the surface where the sinkhole had started. I argued that the golf course had real knowledge of the beginnings of the sinkhole.
After more than eight months of hard work and effort, the golf course and its insurance company settled the lawsuit. My uncle was thrilled and I knew I was destined to practice personal injury law. I left the insurance defense industry and went to work for a high power plaintiff firm.
What prompted you to start this business?
I worked for a very large plaintiff firm in Corpus Christi, Texas. The partners were young, eager, aggressive and successful. I wanted to do what they were doing, but on my own.
They inspired me to help the little guy and dream big.
How do you make money?
My firm works 100% on contingency fees in catastrophic bodily injury and wrongful death cases. In other words, we agree to accept a percentage of what the customer ultimately receives as part of the dispute.
However, if the customer doesn’t get anything back, we don’t take any costs either. The better the client does, the better we do. It is a symbiotic partnership. The contingency fee model is also a great equalizer. It allows individuals to be represented by highly qualified attorneys without having to pay money up front or pay hourly attorney fees. The lawyer is only paid in a contingency fee case at the end of the case and if he is successful and the client approves the settlement and is satisfied.
How long did it take you to become profitable?
Since personal injury lawsuits take about a year to come up and be adjudicated or settled, it took about a year to become profitable. Thank goodness for the banks.
When you started out, was there a time when you doubted it would work? If so, how did you deal with this?
There is always the notion of self-doubt when starting a business. The key is to stay positive and always look ahead. If you keep a positive attitude and work hard, things will generally go very well.
How did you get your first customer?
About a month after I opened my doors, I got a call from a lady whose husband was driving home on a motorbike on Highway 185 near Bloomington, Texas. A company pickup had pulled out of a side road at a nearby factory while attempting to merge onto Route 185. However, the pickup did not give way to the motorcycle. The motorcyclist struck the back of the bed of the pickup truck and was thrown 60 feet. He suffered massive injuries and eventually had one leg amputated.
I worked diligently on this case and turned down several offers of settlement from the company. I wanted my client to have justice. On the eve of the trial, the case is settled. The customers were delighted. Although my client lost his leg, he and his wife were able to retire.
We stay very close to this day.
What’s the most difficult decision you’ve had to make in recent months?
Whether or not to settle a case or continue jury selection. The client was tired and ready to go home. Even though I didn’t want to settle the matter, I listened to the customer. The interests of the client are always paramount to what the lawyer wants to do.
What do you think makes you successful?
I work very well under pressure. Fear motivates me. Being second or failing motivates me.
What was your most fulfilling moment in business?
Getting a good settlement on behalf of my clients and seeing their satisfaction and happiness is the ultimate satisfaction.
I receive cards and letters from clients, frame them and place them in the conference room on a large wall. Often times, if I’m having a tough day, I’ll go read these cards and letters to remind myself of what our goal is and what we’re trying to accomplish for all of our clients. It is also rewarding to run a business and to employ people as motivated as I am to get the job done.
What future for your business?
The personal injury and wrongful death industry is changing. The tort reform and other regulations deny a person the ability to go to the courthouse. Recently, the Texas legislature passed House Bill 19, limiting the rights of victims of truck negligence. Texas leads the country in truck accidents. I can only hope that laws like these don’t cause more neglect on the roads of Texas.
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