DALLAS -- In the state of Texas, personal injury lawyers aren't afraid to act up. The Texas Hammer Jim Adler breaks down walls with his sledge, the Texas Law Hawk Bryan Wilson pops wheelies with American flags, and the Strong Arm Brian Loncar even had Sweet Brown of 'Ain't nobody got time for that!' fame proclaiming, "Brian Loncar? I got time for that!"
These lawyers see themselves as superheroes for the overlooked public. In one commercial, Loncar had his strong arm logo in the sky like a bat signal as he promised, "When you need my help, I'll be there."
Kind of like the Avengers, the Strong Arm, the Texas Hammer and the Texas Law Hawk form a sort of brotherhood. After Sunday, the power group is down a hero.
The Dallas Medical Examiner isn't ready to rule on the death of Loncar after he was found unresponsive in his car Sunday morning. For his family, the death comes just two days after they buried his 16-year-old daughter, Grace.
The family released this statement Sunday night:
"Our family is filled with enormous sadness and profound grief following the death of our beloved son, husband, father, friend, colleague, neighbor, advisor, and a man trusted by many people in Dallas and throughout the state of Texas. We are shocked and numbed by these tragic events and ask the community and the news media to respect our privacy in this most difficult time. Right now, we are hurting and struggling to understand. Today, we are embracing each other; we know this pain and heartache will be with us forever."
His practice in downtown Dallas was closed Monday as well.
They said: "Brian Loncar's colleagues and employees are shocked and enormously saddened by these tragic events. We are remembering and honoring his passion, commitment to his clients and skillful representation of people who are in pain and need the firm's assistance. You know his message as being 'the strong arm' for people who have been injured. Please know the team Brian built here is resolved to continue service to you that is reflective of Brian's winning record, strength, expertise, wisdom as well as his deep sense of caring for his clients and people in need of help. We will continue to fight for you."
The other lawyers in Texas' unofficial personal injury triumvirate are trying to understand too.
Adler, the Texas Hammer, said only that he'll be contacting the family privately.
As for Wilson, the Texas Law Hawk, a personal story showed the goodness of the Strong Arm. When he was just creating the Law Hawk concept, Wilson showed his videos and website to Loncar. After watching silently, Loncar gave his answer.
"The Strong Arm endorses the Law Hawk!" he said.
Now it's the Law Hawk wishing he had the chance to say how that moment helped form his identity and career.
Brian Loncar was 56-years-old. His memorial service will be held Friday at Munger Place Church. The burial will be private.