It’s the summer of 2010, the weather is balmy in San Francisco, and I’m about to make the biggest decision of my life. I’m attorney Robert Collins. I specialize in high-profile cases. These cases involve names splashed across the covers of supermarket tabloids and highlighted on pop culture websites.
I enjoy my work, but I want to try something new, something no other attorney has ever done. I want to offer sports companies in-person legal service 24/7. If you’re my NBA client and your star basketball player is jailed in an out-of-town dump on trumped-up charges, I guarantee your player a personal visit in less than 24 hours. If your entire family is my client and you want to control the aggressive paparazzi, my team of attorneys and investigators will crack open every lead to keep you protected.
Of course, that type of work means I need to expand my staff, even open a new office in Los Angeles. And I want to continue to take on the difficult cases when I believe someone is taking the blame for a corrupt system but can’t afford high attorney fees.
I may never see my muscle car collection again.
A highly valued client in southern California requests more and more attention from our office in the way of personal visits. Money flows like water from members of that family to our firm. This particular client is a wellknown family consisting almost entirely of blood-related women, with five daughters and one son. The parents are a prominent couple in Beverly Hills. Bruce Jenkins is father of the two youngest daughters and step dad of one son and three daughters. Criss Cardison Jenkins is the mother of all 6 siblings consisting of 5 girls and 1 boy.
The latest crisis for the group has been death threats to, of all people, three of the families young children, a son and a daughter of Coor, the youngest daughter of Criss, and a threat to the oldest daughter of Cimmel. Have I mentioned that this planet has some sick, uncivilized, mentally disturbed people living on it? Needless to say, the family is living in fear and is on pins and needles every second of the day.
Local police, Homeland Security, and Bo Dietel’s security firm, Calm Areas, are involved in the investigation. The FBI is involved because the possibility of kidnapping had been threatened. Lucy and Lizbeth at Criss’s request are involved in the investigation and are working behind the scenes in an independent, quiet manner.
This family is an active and valued client, and they require a high number of services. My decision to open a Los Angeles office was influenced by this family’s requirements and was an easy decision to make.
I will go into more detail in Chapter Five regarding the death threats and the status of my only Los Angeles client to date.
New Staff Additions Investigators,
This area of independent lawyering is the hardest position to fill. A person cannot acquire any formal training or education through schooling. The training has to come from on-the-job experience. Retired cops are good investigators, but few detectives want to continue that vocation. The high stress level of good detective work ensures this is clearly not an eight-to-five job, and detectives are ready to retire after 30 years of on-the-job detective work.
Thanks to Pete, I became involved with the military police section of the United States Marine Corps. I’ve identified a candidate I want to hire, an ex-Marine major. He was a military policeman (MP) for 12 years but became disheartened by the political correctness required by the Pentagon. In other words, MPs cannot do their jobs in any sort of productive manner.
His name is Ryker, and his hire could be the second slot filled for Los Angeles. He informed me that he likes to go by his last name Ryker. Maybe that is a military service thing, but it works for me.
My initial meeting with Ryker was in Los Angeles at a casual lunch counter near his home.
Ryker turned out to be a big guy, maybe 6’5” and around 240 pounds, and he appeared to be in good physical shape. He enlisted in the Corps at age 17 and demonstrated leadership right off of the bat. One year later he was accepted for Officer Candidate School. He applied his skills in leadership and demonstrated his ability to solve problems both physically and mentally with a good command of the English language and an analytical mind. He trained constantly while in the Marine Corps, particularly in firearms, foreign and domestic operations, and self-defense tactics. He never married and willingly accepted any assignment applied to him.