Ken Thayer Podcast with guest Brian WIlton

Personal Injury Talk with Brian Wilton



In this week’s episode of Attorney Talk, Ken Thayer interviews Brian Wilton, who is an attorney from Middletown, New Jersey. Brian’s area of expertise is personal injury law and workers compensation. During the podcast, Ken and Brian discuss the role of the law clerk, importance of contacts in law school, and what it’s like to run a law practice with a family member.

 Main Questions Asked:

  • Where did you go to law school, and why did you decide to become a lawyer?
  • What do law clerks do?
  • How did you obtain the law clerk position straight out of law school?
  • How important do you believe making contacts are as opposed to getting A’s on exams?
  • How was your firm set up, and how does your practice operate?
  • Is there a certain area of cases you prefer handling over others?
  • What is it about the cases you still remember 14 years later?
  • How do you deal with extended time periods in cases?
  • What is the dynamic of working with a relative?
  • Does practicing law or running the business take up more time?
  • What are the biggest myths about lawyers?

Key Lessons Learned:


Law Clerks

  • Law clerks manage the motion calendar and do research on the questions law attorneys pose to the court.
  • New Jersey judges rely on law clerks to research and put the submitted information in a summarized form.
  • Judges then make their decision based on the summaries submitted by the law clerks.
  • To become a law clerk, a state application needs to be filled out along with a background check.
  • Brian recognizes that getting a law clerk job has a lot has to do with the connections you make in law school.

 Making Contacts

  • After the first two years of law school, no one asks about your grades; it’s actually about your performance and use of contacts.
  • A reflection of how you perform in the world is, ‘how many people you meet and do they actually like you?’
  • No one brings their resume into court when trying a case. It’s your reputation and actions that speak the loudest.
  • There are plenty of attorneys that were A students who don’t perform well in court.
  • In trial work, the connection with people is far more important than writing a good brief.


Wilton Legal 

  • Brian has worked with his cousin in the firm for the past 14 years, and started as an associate and built the practice up through word of mouth.
  • Family comes first before any business decisions or disagreements.
  • The firm deals with personal injury on the plaintiff side and litigates on behalf of either party.
  • Cases include products liability, automobile accidents, medical malpractice, and workers compensation.
  • Running the business takes up as much time as managing cases.
  • The advantage of running a family firm is flexibility of time.


Memorable & Extended Cases  

  • This comes down to the client. Brian is often getting these cases at the lowest point in his clients’ lives and is with them for the duration, which can be years.
  • When it comes to extended cases, you have to have an honest conversation with the client from the outset.


Myths & Misconceptions of Being A Lawyer

  • You can have a debate with someone and still be civil, but so much of society lacks that skill.
  • Being opponents in the courtroom doesn’t mean attorneys are personal enemies in life.
  • Attorneys often butt heads for the duration of a trial but are still able to shake hands at the end and have a drink together.

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 Links to Resources Mentioned

Wilton Legal

Phone: (732)275-9555


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