Do you really think we would put up a free Craigslist ad? That’s for losers, and it will never ever happen. Period. Why? Because it’s undignified, that’s why. And yes, you are a total loser if you’re putting up free classified ads for legal services on Craigslist. I don’t care if it resulted in a client or two.
Rather than hijack his post with a rambling comment, I figured I’d share my experience posting on craigslist. Let me tell you a story.
The year was 2007. I had no money, so I was working one weekend and thought I would put up a post on craigslist. Within minutes of publishing my little ad, I got a call. The guy needed help with a case set for Monday and wanted a free consultation right away. I agreed and met with him after hours. He was an hour late. I let him do a payment plan with very little money down. I put myself in the worst situation imaginable for a criminal defense attorney, but bizarrely, the guy turned out to be a great client. He was so happy with the representation that he showed up one afternoon a few weeks later and gave me a hug along with a check for the balance due months before he actually had to pay it.
Let me tell you another story that’s very closely related.
The year was 2006. I had even less money than I did in 2007, and I was really sad because my brother was playing second trombone in the Mozart Requiem with the Seattle Symphony and I couldn’t afford to fly out and see him play the famous Tuba Mirum solo. I went for a depressing motorcycle ride that I had to cut short due to a lack of gas money. I had five dollars in my pocket and made the decision to stick it in a video poker machine at a casino on my way home. It was all I had, and it wasn’t even enough to pay my way into a respectable game with other human beings. Anyway, I stuck my five in the machine, pressed “max credits” for a hand of deuces wild, and watched my balance drop to zero. Nothing. I hit “draw” and sat there dumbfounded as four beautiful deuces popped up on the screen. I won enough money to put myself on a flight that afternoon to Seattle and treat my brother to microbrew and oysters after the concert.
Strangely, every other year or so, the mood strikes and I saddle on up to a video poker machine. I’ve never put another ad on craigslist. It’s mostly because I’d rather not be the kind of lawyer who posts between an old guy seeking a topless female roommate and a stewardess hoping to fornicate with a golden shepherd in front of her husband, but it’s also because I know the odds of a good outcome are terrible and I stand to lose a lot more than five dollars. Plus, gambling in a casino makes for a much better story than gambling with clients.