The Origins of Our Name, Creed, and Logo
When I created this law firm, instead of using my own name, I chose the word ACT in all capital letters. I chose the word ACT because this law firm is about more than just me. It is about the collective belief in the American Dream, and the desire to always take action. Part of being an American is believing that you are never stuck in what you do, and that you can always take action and move forward.
Audentes Fortuna Adiuvat is our Latin creed. It means "Fortune Favors the Bold" or "Fortune comes to the aid of those daring." To be bold, you have to act. Because it is not enough to have a belief or an idea, you must be bold and take action.
The arrow logo was inspired by my maternal grandfather, Jim Justice. A few years ago, before he passed away, I was working on a railroad case out in Stockton, Missouri where my grandpa lived. I went to visit him when my interviews were over and we started talking about the railroad. My grandfather liked the railroad and told me about the "mail catchers"that were used to transport the railway mail. He told me that the mail catchers helped him make money when he was in an orphanage for a short time around the age of 12.
I was aware that Grandpa Justice was well known, even as a young child, to be an unparalleled sharp-shooter. (Even into his late eighties Grandpa Justice never wore glasses and was able to out-shoot all of his grandchildren, including one former US Marine.) But I had never heard him talk about his time in the orphanage before. Grandpa Justice explained that there was a market for unblemished rabbit fur on the east coast, and that he would get picked up from the orphanage and taken out to shoot rabbits with a small rifle. He had to shoot the rabbit in the head to avoid blemishing the fur, and he would get paid ten cents a rabbit, and then the rabbit pelts would be taken to the east coast on the train. He told me he never missed, and that watching the bags of pelts get picked up by the mail catchers on a fast-moving eastbound train was exciting.
His skills as a sharp-shooter were always a source of pride for Grandpa Justice and he did his best to pass them along. Grandpa Justice had four daughters and he taught them all to shoot, and he also taught his grandchildren to shoot. I wasn't bad, but the noise of gunfire always rattled me and interfered with my accuracy. Instead of giving up on me, Grandpa suggested that I take up archery instead. I did, and he was so proud of me. I'm woking hard to keep his sharp-shooting legacy alive, but in my own way, with a different weapon. - Angela L. Angotti