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'One Call, That's All': Throwing A Personal Injury Lawyer-Themed Birthday Party


And now to a story of ingenuity, an unusual obsession and cake. L’erin Dobra of Prairieville, La., was stumped. She was trying to come up with an idea for her 2-year-old’s birthday party.

L'ERIN DOBRA: He wasn't to the age at that point where he can say, you know, Mom, I want a pirate party or a race car party. You know, I was talking to my husband. I was like, well, he does love Morris Bart, so why not?


Morris Bart, personal injury lawyer. His TV ads are ubiquitous in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and parts of Arkansas.


MORRIS BART: When you're hurt in an accident, call me and get the Bart advantage. One call - that's all.

GRAYSON: One call - that's all.

BLOCK: That's Grayson, Dobra's toddler, and he may be Morris Bart's biggest fan.

DOBRA: Can you say Morris Bart?

GRAYSON: Morris Bart.

DOBRA: What does Morris Bart say?

GRAYSON: One call - that's all.

CORNISH: It was a no-brainer. Make that kid happy. Throw him a Morris Bart-themed birthday party.

DOBRA: I thought to myself, what decorations am I going to get? Because I can't go down to, you know, Party City or a local party story and go, you know, on the attorney-themed party aisle.

BLOCK: So Dobra's family pitched in with a cake featuring a likeness of the personal injury lawyer, a Morris Bart T-shirt, a life-sized cut-out. Morris Bart himself even sent an autographed picture.

BART: You get many requests for autographed pictures. I get stopped on the street all the time. We have lots of giveaways, but this one was an unusual request, I must admit.

CORNISH: The party was a hit with Grayson, and Morris Bart has since invited the toddler to visit him in New Orleans.

BLOCK: It's the trip that Grayson's mom says she might use as motivation for potty training. And can we hear Grayson one more time?

GRAYSON: One call - that's all. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.