How to Measure Success

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- Tim Misny - The man that “Makes Them Pay!®”

“Please understand that the slogan, I’ll Make Them Pay!® is not a guarantee of payment. Both liability and real damages must be proven with preponderance of the evidence.” – Tim Misny

How to Measure Success

Misny medical malpractice attorney cleveland magazine coverDoes this photo show success?

The idea for the photo came in response to my recent success as a Cleveland medical malpractice attorney in resolving two groups of mass pharmaceutical tort claims: one for $50 million and another for $42.5 million.

It was taken by the very talented Jeff Downie. The photo shows me holding a stack of $100 dollar bills in one hand, while a cascade of money floats down upon me.

Over the last month, I was interviewed on four separate occasions by Jennifer Keirn for her feature story about me in the January issue of Cleveland Magazine.

The article is currently online at clevelandmagazine.com, titled, “Welcome to Misnyland.”

In addition to the in depth face-to-face interview of me, Jennifer painstakingly talked with over two dozen members of my family, friends, business associates, and acquaintances.

I have to admit I was holding my breath.

Although I’ve been the subject of many newspaper and magazine articles over the years, you never really know what to expect. Reading Jennifer’s story for the first time, I was very impressed with her overall knowledge of my life and her precise attention to detail.

The reaction I got from those who read the story was a revelation. One person, who knows me very well, emailed me and said, “I knew you were a success, but I didn’t realize you were that big of a success.”

Well, those are kind words, but this statement prompted me to think about the real meaning of the word success. I don’t think that money is the definition of success, but what is?

Everyone has their own personal idea of what success is. My mother and father considered themselves successful because they raised a good family. My 3-year-old son considers his 11-day-streak without a potty-training accident to be a success.

Others might point to a particular achievement, whether it is playing in the National Football League, holding a prestigious political office, or simply getting a good grade on an exam.

I have my own definition. A successful man or woman is the person who is at peace with their god, their fellow man, and themselves.

Think about that.

It really, truly has nothing to do with the accumulation of wealth, status, or the accolades that our society deems significant. It has everything to do with one’s essence and his or her moral fiber.

Over the years, as a former police prosecutor, attorney for the Cleveland Police Patrolman Association, and as a personal injury attorney for the injured victim and their families for 32 years, I have encountered virtually every type of person you can imagine.

Believe it or not, only a fraction of those were, in my eyes, “a success.” Real success is rare.

I have recently been lucky enough to get to know two people that I think completely embody my definition of success – Richard Osborne, the President of Villa Angela St. Joseph High School and Sister Corita Ambro, CSJ, from St. Augustine Parish, both in Cleveland, Ohio.

Success gives back

Richard Osborne St Joes High School Cleveland presidentRichard Osborne, a 1969 graduate from then St. Joe’s High School, returned to his alma mater to pursue his passion and take over as president of the Cleveland high school, after a very long, successful career in publishing.

He was quoted saying, “I’ve had a lot of wonderful jobs over the years, but this one at VASJ is special…I have no intention of ever taking another job.”

When Richard became President, Villa Angela in Cleveland was backsliding. Enrollment had been steadily decreasing and rumors were rampant that this proud, private Catholic institution may close its doors.

Under this guidance, enrollment at VASJ has increased 25% in each of the last two years, and 100% of last year’s graduating class went on to college.

Although these facts are truly impressive, what is most amazing is the man himself. In every conversation I have with Richard, it is abundantly clear each student, faculty member, and member of the support staff is precious to him in their own way. And the icing on the cake – he constantly reminds me how lucky he is to be somewhere that he loves so dearly.

Richard Osbourne is a success.

Success is selfless and humble.

Sister Corita is Cleveland’s version of Mother Teresa. Boy, I know that must sound like a big overstatement, but it’s not.Sister Corita how to measure success in Cleveland

She is selfless. She is humble. And, as the Director of the Hunger Center and an advocate for the deaf and poor for 35 years, she has dedicated her entire existence to helping people who are overwhelmed by problems we can’t even begin to comprehend.

St. Augustine Church’s Ministries to the Disabled includes a long list of programs and services, such as a Hunger Center, the Summer Garden which grows food for the poor, the Beatitude Ministry which serves children with disabilities, the Rainbow Camp to provide activities for disabled children, as well as helping the homeless and fundraising.

Sister Corita’s dedication to St. Augustine, these wonderful programs, and the people she serves is astonishing and humbling.

Sr. Corita is a success story.

Instant success or life’s work?

Becoming a success cannot be achieved overnight. Life often times moves at its own pace and in its own direction, but if we never lose sight of the ultimate goal of being peaceful with our god, our fellow man, and ourselves, we have a real chance of being a success.

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Jennifer Harper
Jennifer Harper
23:11 17 Jun 21
“I’ll make them pay” ya right wouldn’t even take the case because he’s afraid.
Brandon Hagerdon
Brandon Hagerdon
20:53 18 May 21
I met Tim 6 years ago when he was working with my mother. Since then we were able to stay in touch and build a... relationship. I reached out to Tim recently about an opportunity and he was able to connect the dots and help me with this. During this process he gave me his direct number to contact him if need be. If you are in need of any sort of help, I would recommend Tim every time.read more
Jimmie Graham
Jimmie Graham
19:26 30 Mar 21
Tim is hands down the best lawyer in town. He was able to guide me through the legal process and keep me informed at... all stages. Which allowed me to not stress and focus on life. He was able to get me the best deal possible in my court case. One thing that blew me away is that he gave me his direct cell number and answered anytime I had a question which is rare with most lawyers. 100% Misny is the guy! There's a reason he's on literally every billboard in Cleveland.read more
marti gwin
marti gwin
03:38 17 Feb 21
I met him 30 years ago with my husband Jim. Tim approached me as a Christian man who had nothing but good intentions... and a good heart. After becoming close with him he took us to Denny’s for a nice lunch and offered to pay for us even. Come to find out Tim was not who we thought he was, he only let me and my husband order off of the two dollar menu and would not allow me to get a grand slam because he said that I was too obese to get a grand slam.read more
Paul McFadden
Paul McFadden
13:29 20 Jan 21
My relationship with Tim goes back over 30 years and is one of great trust and mutual respect. Tim represented me at a... critical point in my life and I will always be indebted to him for the difference he made. He is always just a phone call away.read more
Rick Miller
Rick Miller
18:55 21 Dec 20
If I could reach into the sky just to pull more than 5 stars down for a rating I would! I have used other lawyers in... the past and it was such a pain to reach them when I needed them. Tim is in all honesty there for you. He gave me his personal phone number, and at anytime or any day he answered. If I had to leave a message I could count to 10 and he would already be calling me back. He also was willing to talk on the weekends! He didn’t just forward me to an impersonal automated system or a person with no experience. I will NEVER use another person for legal advice. He’s gracious enough to give me guidance whenever I have a question. No matter how complex. This may sound like an advertisement but I assure you this man was more in touch when I had an issue than my own family. A reasonable and caring family man who will MAKE THEM PAY!Thank you Timread more
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PJ Camargo/Authentik Movement Training
01:51 22 Oct 20
I've had the pleasure of getting to know Tim personally over the past 2 years. Beyond him being an incredible lawyer &... 'Jack of all trades ' he is an amazing friend. One thing I love most is that he is family oriented & always making quality time for his loved ones. He inspires me to be a great role model &father figure one day. Tim loves nature & shares the true beauty of nature with how he raises his kids. From biking through trails & having his kids learn how to nurture the family garden - he teaches valuable lessons on how to appreciate the world we live in. I know that Tim is just a phone call away & always urgent to responding no matter the situation. He has given me some of the greatest advice & continously throwing positive energy my way! I'm honored to know him & be a friend of his. He is the true practioneer of changing lives & paying it forward. He has taught me so much in just a short amount of time. Tim Misny, a man that wakes up every single day to make a difference!read more
Scott Plate
Scott Plate
16:49 10 Oct 20
Tim has created a highly visible and effective law practice, and despite his decades of experience, he has never once... forgotten why he got into this business in the first place: to help people. He puts his whole heart into his work, and he works hard for everyone he represents. He has a gift for tuning out the noise and tuning into the core of what his clients need, and making it clear he has heard them. As a result, we feel empowered. He is smart, resourceful, creative, positive, and solution-oriented. His abundant energy makes people feel better, stronger, and valued. He loves and promotes his community; he gives back generously, and he always leaves everything better than he found it. Tim is a true man of action, and a man of his word. Could not recommend him more highly.read more
Mike M
Mike M
04:44 09 Oct 20
As a young man, I worked at a local garden center. I came from a family that had too many problems to list. I felt I... was never destined to be anything good. I had always wanted to be a police officer since I was a little boy. But, one side of my family told me that I would never be good enough to do it. Anytime I brought it up, they knocked me down until I started to believe that I could never accomplish my dream. One day, about 20 years ago, while working at that garden center, a very tall man came in and asked me to help him select plants. As we walked around the garden center, he struck up a conversation with me. He was very friendly and kind. I was a skinny teenager in dirty blue jeans and a t shirt. This man was dressed very nicely and I was surprised at how nice he was to me. During our conversation, he asked me what I wanted to do with my life after school. I told him that I wanted to be a police officer but many people told me that I’d never make it. I told him how my very own father said I wasn’t smart enough, brave enough, and I was wasting my time. I remember looking at the ground while I explained this to him. The man stopped and got serious. His voice dropped an octave and he looked me dead in the eyes. He pointed his finger at me and told me that I could make anything of my life that I wanted. He told me that it was up to ME to make my life goals come true. He told me to ignore anybody who tells me otherwise. He assured me that if I studied hard in school and never gave up on my dreams that they would become a reality. He told me to say it. I said “I can do it”. In that moment, I thought that if a complete stranger saw something in me, than maybe it could be true.After I helped him through the checkout and he left, many different employees at the garden center asked me if I knew who that man was. I did not. They told me, “That’s Tim Misny!” Once I figured out “who” Tim Misny was, my confidence grew. It was a pivotal moment. One in which steered the rest of my life. His words stuck with me. I worked hard and obtained my Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. I was hired by a local Law Enforcement Agency at the age of 21. I was sent to the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy, which was an extremely tough place to be, to say the least. At the Academy, they try to break those who don’t have a determined spirit. On days I wanted to quit, I remembered Tim’s words. Maybe it was fate, maybe it was random chance.... I’ll never know But, Tim Misny helped me have the confidence and determination that was necessary to be where I’m at today. I’ve been a law enforcement officer for over 16 years. I’ve told this story to many of my coworkers.Tim, you’ll never understand how your words that spring day helped shape my future. Your words enabled me to provide a great life for myself and my family. I’m forever grateful.Mikeread more
Eric Evans
Eric Evans
21:02 04 Oct 20
Tim has represented me twice, once 30 years ago and again just recently. I was too young to fully appreciate his... expertise when he represented me the first time (as i was a minor who was the victim of an accident - he won for us, incidentally), but I'm old enough and wise enough now to really appreciate how truly great he is. First off, how many attorney's actually give you their cell phone number and actually answer? I would contend very, very few. Secondly, he has a street fighter mentality combined with a sharp legal intellect which makes you immediately think "I'm so glad this guy is on my side." I was really in a bind recently and Tim came through in spades - he is THE person I would call if I were in trouble or needed help - at a minimum he would know who I should talk to and direct me there (he knows his own limits, which is the key to a wise person) - at a maximum he would take on my fight himself and I'd have full confidence in his ability to deliver the best possible outcome for me - he fights for you like you're family - can't say it better than that.read more
Benjamin Firstenberg
Benjamin Firstenberg
19:32 28 Sep 20
I worked as an intern for Tim the summer of 2017 and it was an unbelievable experience both for my career and personal... development. He treats his employees with a level of respect, appreciation and honesty that I've truly not seen anywhere else that I've worked. We've stayed in touch these past few years and I'm still learning from Tim, whether it be the way he sees the world, his career advice or his commitment to his family. He's an honest man who treats people honorably.read more
David Shelton
David Shelton
01:13 30 Jun 20
I don't know much about Tim the lawyer, but I do know about Tim the man. Tim the man befriended me as a youth and gave... me the motivation to excel in school. Tim the man wrote the letter that got me into college and got me a helpful scholarship. Tim the man gave me an internship while in college. Tim the man has been a friend to me for over ten years. He makes himself available day or night whether I need advice or just want to talk about the day. There a lot of stigmas about attorneys (and they are earned) but Tim Misny bucks the stereotype. And if Tim the lawyer is half a good as Tim the man, he will live up to his word, and make them pay.read more
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