Columbus, IN, March 14, 2018 --(PR.com
)-- Woody Harrison’s decision to go into law was not a conventional one. He began his career with an interest in business, graduating from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. His life took an unprecedented turn when he was enlisted in the United States Army and stationed in Vietnam from 1968 to 1970. There, he witnessed terrible illness, injury and suffering among people - and as the son of a physician, he felt compelled to go on to a life in which he could help others. Whilst still deployed in Vietnam, he sat his LSAT law school entrance exam, and upon his return to the States, he relocated to Columbus, Indiana and began practicing in 1973.
When back on home turf, Woody’s first appointment in law was with the Goltra Cline King & Beck firm, where he gained a wide range of legal experience, in areas including bankruptcy, divorce and personal injury. This comprehensive experience allowed Woody to settle on personal injury and medical malpractice as his specialism quite early on in his career, which in the years since has seen him become one of the most practiced and knowledgeable in his sector.
In 1984, Woody and his former colleague from the Goltra Cline King & Beck firm, went into partnership together and established the Beck Harrison, P.C. After more than twenty-five years, Woody decided he wanted a new challenge and ventured off on his own and set up his solo practice, where he continues to focus on medical malpractice and personal injury cases to this day. Woody’s practice is thriving, handling cases ranging from car crashes to surgical errors and birth injuries, and has handled several record cases, including a $1.4m award for birth injury and $2.6m for a car accident - marking Bartholomew County’s largest ever settlement. Woody’s approach is tailored to each individual, with focus on the client, their circumstances and needs. His forty-plus years in the industry, paired with his compassionate emphasis on the individual, is what defines Woody’s excellence in legal practice.
In the years since his initial graduation from Indiana University, Woody went on to return to his former school and complete a Juris Doctor. In addition to this, he is a member of the American Bar Association, the Indiana Bar Association, the Bartholomew County Bar Association, the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association’s College of Fellows and Emeritus Board of Directors, and the American Association for Justice. His active participation in a variety of professional associations allows Woody to gain unique insight into the legal sector and observe emerging trends and changes occurring that impact his areas of specialty and ensure that the service he provides is the best it can be for his clients. Woody notes that, “Younger people make up a large portion of juries these days, and it’s tricky to figure out what they’re thinking,” and owes his frequent participation in legal associations to his understanding of current issues and younger generations.
With no plans to slow down, Woody hopes to continue being a source of top-quality legal services, and even to carry on expanding and taking on larger cases. “I’m taking on more cases to help people who have been treated unfairly by the system as a whole. There’s more to life than money - and helping people is my number one goal.”
Woody has been recognized by professional bodies for his achievements in law: he was named Co-Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (whose Board of Directors Woody is a long-serving member of), as well as earning a Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating of AV Preeminent and being listed in Who’s Who in American Law.