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Finally a lawyer who is funny outside of the courtroom.

When Marcel Strigberger tells non lawyers that he is a lawyer and a humourist, the most common response is, “That’s an oxymoron”.

Lawyers are often the butts of crude jokes. There is even a joke about lawyer jokes. It goes, “Lawyers don’t think lawyer jokes are funny and laymen don’t think they’re jokes”

The law and the practice of law are rife with humour. And we all can use humour to break the tensions, to create rapport and simply to maintain our sanity.

Marcel has been effectively using humour in his litigation practice for over 35 years. And he has also published legions of humourous articles in legal and non legal publications. Marcel is also an accomplished speaker. He has addressed lawyers, judges and non legal people, in an entertaining manner, on how to use humour to enhance one’s professional and personal life.

His talks will be of great interest to anyone interested in issues such as civility, burn out or technological overwhelm, or to anyone who simply does not wish to be stuffy and rigid.

Legalhumour.com is a unique site also containing original humourous articles penned by Marcel about lawyers, judges and cases. Marcel also amuses the folks with frequent blogs about news items with a legal twist.

Other ingredients: NO LAWYER JOKES

PROPHETS FOR PROFIT

Aug, 30 2015 6:09 PM
by Marcel Strigberger

As the stock market continues to rollercoaster, I think about the calls I frequently get from financial advisors telling offering a free portfolio review and touting that if I retain their services, I am guaranteed riches rivalling those of Warren Buffett.  If they are wrong and I lose money, I doubt I would have a good case for misrepresentation against these gurus.  Then again if such a wizard of wealth exists, I would not know how to spot one. Readers can test themselves to determine whether they would recognize this ultimate in financial analysts if they stumbled across him or her behind a Wall Street Journal, by honestly completing the following quiz.

 

A.        When looking for that mystical broker, you will try to spot him:

                        1.         walking on Wall Street;

                        2.         walking on Bay Street;

                        3.         walking on Lake Ontario.

 

B.        In trying to assess the advisor’s experience and credentials, you will want someone:

                        1.         who has worked in a large brokerage house;

                        2.         who has worked in a not so large brokerage house;

                        3.         who has worked in the land of Oz.

 

C.        Some times the name can be of assistance.  In scanning your list of potentially right brokerages, you would want a broker called:

                        1.         RBC Direct;

                        2.         Scotia McLeod;

                        3.         Merlin.

 

D.        In listening to a series of financial gurus speaking at a seminar, you are most impressed by the one who tells you:

                        1.         of the imminent bear market;

                        2.         of the imminent bull market;

                        3.         of the imminent market of fishes and loaves.

 

E.         You would get most excited if your broker would drop by your office in the middle of the day and:

                        1.         buy you lunch;

                        2.         buy you a martini;

                        3.         wash your feet.

 

F.       You prefer an advisor who whenever he shakes your hand:  

                        1.         squeezes it like a vice;

                        2.         calls you Marilyn;

                        3.         reads your palm.

 

                        G   .     The broker you are most apt to obey is the one who would tell you to:

                        1.         bring him a cheque;

                        2.         bring him your umbrella;

                        3.         bring him a great big pumpkin.

 

H         You are most likely to vest your confidence in a broker who:

                        1.         drives around in a Cadillac;

                        2.         drives around in a Volkswagen beetle;

                        3.         drives around on a carpet.

 

 I.         You prefer to deal with a financial analyst who:

                        1.         wears a three piece suit;

                        2.         wears a Tweed hat and Birkenstock shoes;

                        3.         wears stars and moons on his conical hat.

                        If you answered numbers l or 2 to any of the above questions, then you may as well stay with your own advisor.  If you answered number 3 to all of the above, then congratulations. You'll spot him when the Messiah arrives.  Meanwhile hang on to your Tweed hat.

 

                        I actually do have a family law and personal injury practice.  Please also visit www.striglaw.com .I  cannot tell the future but I beleive I do a great job in the present.

 

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Justice Russell Juriansz,
Court of Appeal for Ontario


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