Parker County Today September 2017 - Page 6

A Letter From The Editor My Heroes Have Always Been Lawyers W elcome to our very first “Legal Eagles” themed issue, with a focus on law and lawyers. We plan to do this each September. I’ve wanted to do one of these for a very long time. Why? Two reasons.  First, people are moving to Parker County like miners to California in the 1849 Gold Rush. Everyone needs a good lawyer these days. Just living constitutes a legal issue. If you’re living or doing busi- ness in Parker County, you need to have a relationship with a good Parker County lawyer, meaning one that knows the way around the Parker County legal system.  The second reason is simply because some of the most interesting and colorful characters I’ve met during my career have been attorneys (of course so have some of the biggest “pills,” but I’m not going there) and I love to write about lawyers — even the pills.  One of the most interesting was Leonard “Cowboy” Schilling. He avoided meeting me, can’t say I blame him.  I was working on a big story and in way over my head (not the first time). It was a whistleblower case and his client was the whistleblower that involved the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff was new, the county’s first Republican sheriff since Reconstruction, and he’d given me an exclusive interview.  I believe that the sheriff gave me that interview because I simply had no dog in the fight, no axe to grind, I was a-political and I wasn’t trying to burn him. I just wanted to write an accurate article that presented the facts. But, Schilling, the lawyer for the whistleblowing deputy, wouldn’t return my calls. I desperately needed an interview with “the other side.”  Rumor had it that the lawyer worked late on Mondays, and would answer his own phone after 4:30, after his paralegal went home.  I called at 4:45 p.m. Guess what? He answered. I told him my name and why I was calling. Schilling said, “Marsha Brown, the sheriff’s P.R. agent? That Marsha Brown.” He sounded like Tommy Lee Jones. I could actually hear