Beautifying this website

by Jamison Koehler on July 20, 2019
D.C. criminal defense lawyer

As part of my campaign to improve the look of this website, I have decided to move away from the stock photos used on most lawyer websites.  You know what I am talking about:  An image of a gavel or the scales of justice would be the most obvious examples.  Also used are photos of a courtroom, yellow tape from a crime scene, jail bars, or a person in handcuffs. 

Boring, am I right?

I am replacing these photos with two types of images:  D.C. landmarks for web pages and graffiti for web posts.  

For webpages, I now use stock photos of D.C. landmarks.  This is a beautiful city.  The images are instantly recognizable.  And it accentuates the fact that, unlike many of my competitors who also work in Virginia and Maryland, I focus exclusively on D.C.

This is a luxury, I know.  There are not many jurisdictions in which a solo practitioner can earn a living doing criminal defense alone. I recall, for example, that even in a city as big as Philadelphia, many of the criminal defense lawyers had to supplement their income through personal injury, family law or other types of law. 

This can be difficult to do. I have enough trouble staying on top of legal developments in one area of the law in one city.  I cannot imagine doing that for multiple practice areas across different jurisdictions.  Nor do I want to send out conflicting signals with respect to my marketing.  

As for photos of graffiti I have been using on webpages such as this one, the jury is still out.  These are photos I take, and I like how they look. I also like taking them.  For example, although there is one spot in Baltimore in which I find much of my subject matter, it was fun to photograph graffiti during a recent trip to Greece.  

Finally I like what the images of graffiti suggest about my practice:  I do street crime (drugs, bar fights, prostitution, domestic disputes), not “white shoe” law firm stuff.  

Of course I may be deluding myself.  Tyler my website guy was non-committal when I tried to seek out his views.  And although my younger sister responded that she thought the photos were “artistic and eye grabbing” when I asked her about it, she and her husband George like everything I do.  What do they know?

8 Comments on “Beautifying this website

  1. I think the graffiti pix will add to your well written essays on crime in the district! There is so much to choose from….your Dad and Mom would like this idea!

  2. Apparently my cousin also likes what I do!

  3. I love the idea and am excited to see what pictures you choose.

  4. Heather: Thank you. I guess I was fishing for compliments.

  5. I agree with our beautiful cousin Carla and I thought of Nonnie’s paintings when I saw the amazing graffiti pix for this web post. Keep them coming. I also like the idea that I was with you when you took the Greek pics!

  6. Love the graffiti! I think I see a red “K” in the photo. Is that for Koehler???

  7. I like the idea of graffiti, and actually I do hope you’re thinking about short stories and maybe even a novel about your experiences in law…maybe a screenplay. And for some reason the juxtaposition of the DC landmarks, their more conventional beauty, maybe, with the aesthetic charge you find in graffiti offers a model for what that fiction might look like. What’s required to make the buildings and monuments, the collective artistic and bureaucratic/institutional effort, versus what drives the making of graffiti, how the latter sometimes gets layered on top of the former, how both are expressions of identity, collective and individual. All of that abstraction made concrete in the day-to-day stories of what you see and do in your line of work.
    Does this make sense?

  8. Hello Mary! Yes, after reading it a couple of times, I do understand what you mean!

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