“I’m not a cat”: How a Big Bend Lawyer got his Big Break

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“I’m not a cat”: How Big Bend Law got his Big Break Thanks to a Zoom Filter


Not sure why everyone keeps saying they’re not a cat? If you missed it, we’ve got you covered. 


This is the unlikely story of how Attorney Rod Ponton of Big Bend Law in Alpine, Texas got a big break. 


Here’s the video of him in court the other day – appearing as a cat. He affirms to the judge that he is in fact live, and in fact is not a cat. But he can’t seem to turn the cat filter off in Zoom. 


Check out the lawyer cat now if you haven’t seen it yet:


Omg! Credit: 394th Judicial District / David Gardner on Twitter #cat #cats #funny #zoom #omg #how

♬ original sound – Daily Mail

“It was a civil forfeiture case hearing like any other hearing, except for the lawyer cat,” reported New York Times. Courts usually don’t let cats argue cases. But here was Rod Ponton, a county attorney in Presidio County, Texas, unable to figure out how to turn off the cat filter on his Zoom call during a hearing on Tuesday in Texas’ 394th Judicial District Court. … and Mr. Ponton took it in good spirits. … 

“If I can make the country chuckle for a moment in these difficult times they’re going through, I’m happy to let them do that at my expense,” he said in a phone interview on Tuesday afternoon.” 


How does his “I’m not a cat” zoom filter mishap give him a big break? Here’s How: 


Ever since the zoom recording went live, everyone has been talking about Rod’s “I’m not a cat” one-liner. Who knows how long this one-liner will trend. 


But it’s having a catastrophic impact – in a good way – on his internet reputation. Every sense the cat-filter video aired Ponton has been receiving an outpouring of support on his Google my Business profile in the form of FIVE STAR REVIEWS.

With only a handful of reviews previously,  Ponton now has more than 130 google reviews with a 5 star ranking. 


Getting reviews as an attorney can be very tough – especially depending on the practice area, as there are a lot of valid reasons a person may not want to publicly acknowledge their need for an attorney’s services.


But his reviews poured on in. They ranged from “He’s not a cat, but is definitely a cute kitten,” to people pretending they had issues with him as a cat lawyer: 


Many people also took to the review section to thank him for adding humor to their day:

  • “ Professional, master at keeping cool under pressure and ready to work for their clients under any circumstances. Also good at lifting spirits for people around the world, for which we are grateful.” 
  • “Not a cat but a good lawyer. Very professional even in stressful times. Coming from a German attorney at law.”
  • “I would suggest this attorney every time around. He’s not a cat and that’s all that matters to me.”

If, Like John, “not being a cat” is on your lawyer checklist – look no further if you’re in the South Florida area.

Rossen Law Firm has five not-cat attorneys ready to assist you. We even offer free strategy sessions (above and beyond a consultation) for anyone facing criminal or DUI charges in South Florida. 

Give us a call today:

Just for fun…. Here are some more of our favorite reviews Rod now has on his Google my Business profile:

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