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Random Profile: Zachary P. Oliva, Houston
For Random Profiles, we randomly pick one of our 93,000-plus attorneys and do a Q&A. We've found that every Texas lawyer has an interesting story. Will yours be next?
Family: Single. My parents are retired in Phoenix and my brother lives in Manhattan. Can you guess who I visit during the winter?
Most important career lessons: Have the mindset of someone who is self-employed.
Hobbies: My Ohio State Buckeyes, reading, staying fit, trying to get back into fly fishing.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing attorneys today? Overcoming negative public perceptions and increased competition due to an oversaturated profession.
Areas of practice: My firm provides general commercial, transactional and litigation services to our clients — mainly major and independent oil and gas producers. I’m fairly involved in the oil industry in Ohio, and trying to build my network here in Texas, as well.
Education: The Ohio State University, B.A. (2008). Capital University Law School, J.D. (2011).
Culinary talent: Linguini and fried zucchini flowers.
Favorite saying/quote: Listen to what people say, but watch what they do, because that’s what they’re really like. Probably the best piece of advice my dad has ever given me.
The last movie I saw: "The Hurricane." An amazing story.
Favorite food: Anything with a Mediterranean core. My dad’s family originated from southern Italy, and I grew up on Calabrese cooking. I also love Greek and Persian dishes.
Favorite restaurant: Vinoteca Poscol.
If I had more time, I would: Well, I’m new to Texas. I moved down here about a year ago from Ohio and I’ve really fallen for both Texas and the energy industry. I don’t have much free time, but with the free time that I do have, I’m planning on getting my MBA in the next year or so to better avail myself of the amazing opportunities that will be happening in the next 25 years in our country’s energy sector.
Best thing about being a lawyer: The doors that it opens.
If you weren't an attorney, what profession do you think you would be in? Teaching.
What has changed the most technologically or practice wise since you have been licensed? I’ve been licensed since 2011 in Ohio and since 2012 in Texas (yes…I had to take two bar exams). Not much has changed over the past two years, except that I now get my news from Twitter.
Zachary works at the Kilburn Law Firm in Houston.
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