Random Profile: Coretta Graham, Corpus Christi

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Coretta GrahamBest thing about being a lawyer: freedom to build your own small business.

If you could be anyone else for a day, who would it be? the Queen of England.

Culinary talent: sweet potatoe pie.

Pet peeve: people who waste your time.

If you weren't an attorney, what profession do you think you would be in? social worker.

Areas of practice: Criminal law, Family law, Elder law, Probate Law.

Education: JD Thurgood Marshall School of Law (1998), B.A Douglass College, Rutgers University- New Brunswick.

Community Involvement: Kiwanis, Junior League Corpus Christi, Delta Sigma Theta Inc Sorority Corpus Christi Alumnae chapter, NAACP.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing attorneys today? job/financial opportunities.

Most important career lesson: stay focused on the task at hand and follow through.

Favorite saying/quote: I can do all things thru Christ that strengthen me  from the Holy Bible.

Favorite TV program:  any TV judge show.

The last movie I saw: Transformers, Revenge of the Fallen.

Favorite food: licorice.

Hobbies: reading.

If I had more time, I would: travel the world.

What has changed the most technologically or practice wise since you have been licensed? use of phone as mobile office.

How do you think the practice will change in the next 15 years?  more counties will embrace efiling for criminal cases; we will have more virtual technologies integrated in the courtroom such as 3D virtual imaging that would not cost a lot of money; we would have more  FREE legal research sites; we would have virtual secretaries /rent a paralegal companies; and courtrooms would use WEBCAM more in prison/jail for arraignments, etc.

Coretta has a private practice, Graham Legal Services, in Corpus Christi.

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Random Profile: Steven Goldston, Dallas

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Steven GoldstonMost important career lesson: stay current in law office technology.

Favorite saying/quote: Serenity Prayer: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.”

Pet peeve: intrusive TSA screenings at airports.

The last movie I saw: J. Edgar.

Hobbies: collect American civil war rifle muskets and WWII lugers.

What has changed the most technologically or practice wise since you have been licensed? Change from telephone to smart phone.

Family: wife, Lauri, and sons Trent, age 24, and Eric, age 19.

Areas of practice: civil trial, banking, business disputes, vaccine injuries.

Education: UT - Austin (BBA 1978) (JD 1982).

Culinary talent: My wife, Lauri, is a gourmet chef.

Community Involvement: Cross Timbers Community Church, Argyle, TX.

Favorite TV program: King of Queens; Investigative Discovery Channel.

The last movie I saw: J. Edgar.

Favorite food: t-bone steak

If I had more time, I would: hang out more with friends/family.

Best thing about being a lawyer: indoor work in summertime/wintertime.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing attorneys today? Uncontrolled deceptive legal advertising.

If you weren't an attorney, what profession do you think you would be in? public accounting.

How do you think the practice will change in the next 15 years? Lawyers will employ far fewer administrative personnel.

Steven has a private practice, Goldston Law Firm.

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Random Profile: Jay J. Chase, Dallas

Jim J. ChaseFor Random Profiles, we randomly pick one of our 87,000-plus attorneys and do a Q&A. We've found that every Texas lawyer has an interesting story. Will yours be next?

Areas of practice: Commercial Litigation.

Education:  University of Texas; St. Mary's University.

If I had more time I would: Invent the teleport.

Best thing about being a lawyer: You can always develop work for yourself.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing attorneys today? General stigma of not having a moral conscience.

Most important career lesson: When things are not going right, take a step back and remain calm. Having clarity is crucial and mistakes occur when you lack it. 

Favorite saying/quote: "You can't lose what you don't put in the middle…But you can't win much either."

Bet you didn't know: I cashed in the World Series of Poker Main Event.

Favorite TV program: Dateline NBC, King of Queens.

Hobbies: Sports, poker.

If you weren't an attorney, what profession do you think you would be in? Business owner/ business management.

What has changed the most technologically or practice wise since you have been licensed? Growth of electronic discovery and e-filing.

How do you think the practice will change in the next 15 years? Widely accepted practice of web conferencing and centralized e-discovery for all parties.

Jay is an associate at Godwin Ronquillo PC.

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Random Profile: Jennifer Brevelle, Dallas

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Most important career lesson:  The character and professionalism you exhibit as a lawyer are revealed in the respect you receive. 

Best thing about being a lawyer: The satisfaction that comes from helping someone find a resolution to their question/problem.

Culinary talent: My crockpot is my best friend in the kitchen. I can cook a pretty good roast.

Family: Husband (Kevin) and our Lhasa Apso and Westie (Maggie and Madison).

Areas of practice: Corporate and Securities Law.

Education: Texas A&M University BBA and MS, Accounting (1997); Texas Tech University School of Law (2003).

Favorite saying/quote: “The only thing you have control of is how you spend the time, that precious time.”— Elizabeth Edwards

Pet peeve: People texting while driving.

Favorite TV program: Unfortunately, I’m addicted to BRAVO network.

The last movie I saw: The Ides of March.

Community Involvement: I volunteer with Junior Achievement and have volunteered with Legal Aid of Northwest Texas.

Favorite food: Tex-Mex, Italian, Pizza.

Favorite restaurant: Mi Cocina and Fireside Pies.

Hobbies: Traveling, shopping, watching movies, spending time with friends.

If I had more time, I would: Travel the world!

If you could be anyone else for a day, who would it be? President of the United States (just for a day though).

If you weren't an attorney, what profession do you think you would be in? Education.

What has changed the most technologically or practice wise since you have been licensed? More reliance on email communication.

How do you think the practice will change in the next 15 years? Probably rely even more on technology which is good in many ways but may regrettably lead to less interaction with clients.

Jennifer Brevelle is counsel to Celanese Corporation.

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Random Profile: Fernando M. Bustos, Lubbock

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Most important career lesson: As a litigator, credibility is the coin of the realm. It takes a career to earn it, and it can be lost in a moment.

Latest pursuit: Tried snowboarding recently, but that didn't work out too well. I'll stick to skiing.

Best thing about being a lawyer: Helping people in crisis moments of their lives, and helping people resolve disputes — being a peace maker.

Favorite album: Travelling Wilburys.

Favorite music/musician: Sting.

Favorite place to find albums: iTunes.

If you could be anyone else for a day, who would it be? A negotiator with the State Department.

Family: Married to wife of 18 years, Holley, and our nine kids aging in range from 16 years to 18 months old.

Areas of practice: Commercial and employment litigation, with a specialty in receivership work.

Education: B.A. Brigham Young University, J.D. Texas Tech University School of Law.

Bet you didn’t know: That I spent a year in Hawaii surfing during my first year of college.

Another little known fact: I have also been an adjunct professor of law since 2000 at Texas Tech, teaching Civil Rights Law.

Bad habit: Over committing to too many projects.

Culinary talent: Chocolate chip pancakes for my kids.

Community Involvement: Former Treasurer, Lubbock County Republican Party, and Scout Master, Troop 500, South Plains Council.

Mentors/heroes: Honorable Sam R. Cummings, United States District Judge, and Pete Baker, my mentor and partner from my former law firm.

Current Project: Winding up a stint as a Receiver in an SEC receivership involving over 250 investor victims and approximately $50 million in losses.

Favorite TV program: Special Report with Bret Baier.

Favorite artist: Minerva Teichert.

Favorite composers: Tchaikovsky.

Favorite saying/quote: “Pigs get fat, but hogs get slaughtered.”

Pet peeve: Having to wait for things to happen in the law.

Secret for staying young: Surround yourself with lots of small children.

 Favorite movie: Lawrence of Arabia.

The last movie I saw: Unknown.

Favorite magazine: Wall Street Journal.

Favorite sport: Tennis.

Favorite restaurant: Lisa West’s Double Nickel Steakhouse in Lubbock, Texas.

Talents (besides law): Pretty good at guessing people’s ages.

Hobbies: Travel and reading. Generally like to read classics that I skipped reading in high school over last summer’s vacation to San Diego.

Books: The Classics; President Bush’s Autobiograhy.

If you weren't an attorney, what profession do you think you would be in? I would like to work for the diplomatic corps in the State Department.

What has changed the most technologically or practice wise since you have been licensed? Email. It’s great because you can get crisp clear copies of attachments and access it easily. It’s also horrible because I receive a deluge of it daily, and there are high expectation levels for immediate turnaround on all emails.

How do you think the practice will change in the next 15 years? There will hopefully be fewer law schools, fewer lawyers, and lawyers will be forced to think more like business people in terms of making sound business decisions in terms of billing and servicing clients’ needs.

Fernando practices at the Law Offices of Fernando M. Bustos, P.C. in Lubbock.

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Random Profile: Judge Antonia (Toni) Arteaga, San Antonio

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The part of my job I do best is: Care. I take the situation at hand seriously and never lose sight of the lives affected, both positively and negatively, by my decisions.

The best piece of advice ever given to you and by whom: Three things you need to be successful in court … (1) preparation (2) preparation and (3) preparation ... by the Honorable Larry Noll.

Latest pursuit: Completing my first half-marathon.

 

 Talents (beside law):  I can make an amazing princess castle cake.

Current Project: Learning how to create balloon animals.

Favorite food: Any breakfast food, especially chorizo and egg with papitas.

Favorite movie: The Poseidon Adventure (the original).

Favorite sport: basketball or football - as long as one team is UT or the Spurs.

 

Collects: I collect refrigerator magnets.

Family: Married with two children. My daughter turns 6 this month; my son is 3.

Areas of Practice: My court is one of general jurisdiction. Though I may preside over both civil and criminal matters, the 57th is traditionally a civil court.

Education: University of Texas at Austin and St. Mary’s University School of Law.

Bet you didn’t know: I am the youngest of eight sisters. No brothers. I was supposed to be a boy, Antonio or Tony.

Another little known fact: I played basketball in the Alamodome. As a law student, I organized an intramural women’s basketball team consisting of other law students. We made it to the final championship game which was played prior to a Spurs game in the Alamodome. Yes, we won that championship game.

Bad habit: Putting too many things on my “To Do” list each day … there’s always something left to do.

Culinary talent: I make the BEST homemade enchiladas according to my husband.

Community involvement: San Antonio Women’s and Girls’ Foundation, Bexar County Juvenile Board, NEA’s Read Across America, Texas Family Law Foundation, Mexican American Bar Association (Scholarship Committee Chair - 9 years), Community Justice Program, St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, Guest Speaker at area schools, 5K and 10K charity runs and more.

Mentors/heroes: Mentors include many of my Bexar County judicial friends, especially Judge Larry Noll who was also my family law professor. My hero without a doubt is my mom, a young widow left with 7 little girls (ages 2 – 12) without a high school diploma she still managed to provide a solid foundation for us in every way.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing attorneys today? Running a business in a tough economy.

Favorite saying/quote: That’s just like Jesus.

Pet peeve: Professionally…tardiness, especially during jury trials. Personally, anything that infringes on our family time.

Secret for staying young: I have no good answer. The bench actually seems to age a person. So, if anyone knows a good way to get rid of puffy eyes and dark circles, please let me know.

Favorite TV program: Top Chef.

The last movie: Was just yesterday … Gnomeo & Juliet.

Favorite magazine: Who has time?

Favorite restaurant: Paesano’s.

Hobbies: “reading” while I run – while training for the half-marathon, I began uploading audio books onto the iPod (I adversely possessed my husband’s old iPod).

Current reading material: The Help.

Memorable vacation: The Bahamas.

Favorite album: Greatest Hits of Barry Manilow, Kenny G, Selena, Sting or The Bee Gees. There, now I’m showing my true colors.

Favorite music/musician: Depends. Anything instrumental, most Tejano or contempory Christian music.

Favorite place to find albums: I only have time for iTunes.

My favorite weekend retreats are: Road trip to Grandma’s house in my hometown … no cell phone coverage, no politics.

If I had more time, I would: Spend more time with my children at the bookstore or exploring a new park.

Best thing about being a lawyer/judge: Making a positive difference in the lives of others, especially in the lives of the children.

What most people don’t know about me? I love Tejano music.

If you were not an attorney, what profession do you think you would be in? I would want to explore a career in psychology. In the alternative, I would like to decorate cakes all day.

What’s the turning point that made you decide to become an attorney? No turning point, somehow I’ve known from a very early age that I wanted to be an attorney.

When you are not practicing law, what do you like to do? Volunteer at events or just spending time with my family and friends.

Who are the people you admire the most and why? Educators. The educators I know are selfless, hard-working and truly care about the children entrusted to them.

What has changed the most technologically or practice wise since you have been licensed? The paperless system now used by our Bexar County Civil Courts.

Antonia is the 57th District Court Judge.

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Random Profile: Constance Mims, Fort Worth

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Best thing about being a lawyer: The ever-taxing test of my cognitive abilities!

Most important career lesson: Read everything before  signing ... seriously ... in its entirety!

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing attorneys today? The shrinking practice of law coupled with the growing list of attorneys. 

Favorite composers: John Williams and Danny Elfman, every movie they score is the better for it!

Family: Married for 8 years to Dereck Mims; son Kevin D. Gardner, 19, who is a sophomore at University of North Texas; 3 step-children, Halee, Aireyuna, and Dereck.

Areas of practice: Primarily family law since licensure in Nov.  2007.

Education: (BS) Texas Christian University, 2002; (JD) Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, 2007.

Bet you didn’t know: That I love movies more than almost anything! I watch all different types, but my favorites are the Usual Suspects, Star Wars: the Empire Strikes Back, a Nightmare Before Christmas, and Good Will Hunting.

Another little known fact: I was a legal assistant for 4 years prior to and during law school. Before that I was a store bookkeeper, an accounting manager, and a payroll and benefits coordinator.

Bad habit: Allowing my cases to stress me out to the point of not sleeping.

Mentors/heroes: My mentors in the legal field have been Bobby J. Mann of Meridian, Texas, and Eric D. Beal of Southlake, Texas. Bobby helped me through every step of law school, whether it was questions about legal theory or just some moral support. I owe a lot of my legal background to him. I have been with Eric almost since the beginning of my licensed legal career, and his expertise in the field of litigation, his immense understanding of the practice of law, and his friendship have created a nurturing and joyous environment for me.

Secret for staying young: Family, family, family. Every week and weekend is filled with dinner parties, afternoons in the park, movie nights, game nights, coffee house get-togethers, and countless trips to the bookstore for new adventures.

Memorable vacation: San Juan and Seattle.

My favorite weekend retreats are: My bed.

If I had more time, I would: Unfortunately, probably just work more.

What most people don’t know about me: I love the DC Universe (sshhhhh)

The part of my job I do best is: (written by Eric Beal) Everything! Preparation with a great attention to detail, dealing with clients, juggling all of the different demands of running an office and handling dozens of clients.

If you could be anyone else for a day, who would it be? Barack Obama!

When you are not practicing law, what do you like to do? Watch movies!

Favorite saying/quote: Charles Dickens, in Bleak House, of the Court of Chancery: “[it] gives to monied might the means abundantly of wearying out the right, which so exhausts finances, patience, courage, hope, so overthrows the brain and breaks the heart, that there is not an honourable man among its practitioners who would not give the warning “Suffer any wrong that can be done you rather than come here!”

How do you think the practice will change in the next 15 years? Technology will continue to streamline the practice, and hopefully a balancing of rights will come back into vogue.

Constance is a senior associate with the Beal Law Firm.

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Random Profile: Chris Schmiedeke, Dallas

Chris SchmiedekeFor Random Profiles, we randomly pick one of our 87,000-plus attorneys and do a Q&A. We've found that every Texas lawyer has an interesting story. Will yours be next?

The part of my job I do best is: Stay in contact with my clients.

 What do you think is the biggest challenge facing attorneys today? Marketing.

If you weren't an attorney, what profession do you think you would be in? School teacher.

My favorite weekend retreats are: Arkansas, to the lake!

Family: Married with two girls ages 5 and 7

Areas of practice: Family Law..

Education: Texas Tech School of Law 1992.

Bad habit: Drinking cokes.

Culinary talent: Anything on the grill.

Latest pursuit: Opening a gym in my neighborhood.

Current Project: Starting a new blog.

Secret for staying young: Exercise and lots of it.

Favorite TV program: Modern Family.

Favorite music/musician: Band of Horses.

Favorite movie: All of them.

The last movie I saw: Inception.

Favorite magazine: Mac World.

Favorite food: Hamburgers.

Favorite restaurant: The Place at Perry’s.

Talents (besides law): Soccer.

Hobbies: Soccer, CrossFit.

Memorable vacation: Cancun this past spring.

If I had more time: I would: get more done!

Best thing about being a lawyer: Being my own boss.

When you are not practicing law, what do you like to do? Workout, exercise, play soccer.

Who are the people you admire most, and why? School teachers – they have such an important role on our children’s lives.

What has changed the most technologically or practice wise since you have been licensed? The internet has changed everything.

How do you think the practice will change in the next 15 years? Technology will take over. Everything will be done online.

Chris works at The Law Office of Chris Schmiedeke, PC.

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Random Profile: Rob Ranco, Austin

Rob RancoBest thing about being a lawyer: Helping people who desperately need help.

The part of my job I do best is: Adapt to the situation in front of me. There is no script for what I do.

Bet you didn’t know: I was a music major in college and I came to Austin for a master’s program at UT in ethnomusicology.

Another little known fact: My parents were not excited about my choice of major.

What's the turning point that made you decide to become an attorney? When my wife pointed out there were no listings in the classifieds for ethnomusicologists.

Family: Wife, Laurie; kids: Megan (17), Eric (13), Tori (8) and Kasey (6)

Areas of practice: Plaintiff’s personal injury/

Education: Dartmouth College - B.A. (1990). University of Maine School of Law - J.D. (2001)

Bad habit: Espresso.

Culinary talent: BBQ ribs and chicken.

Community Involvement: Coaching kids’ baseball in Georgetown.

Mentors/heroes: My parents.

Most important career lesson: Understanding your clients, what they need and what they want is more important than being able to quote case law.

Latest pursuit: Giving piano lessons to my kids.

Current Project: Work and family; fixing up the 25 year old house we just bought.

Favorite saying/quote: Can you come in now?

Pet peeve: People who think their pets are their children. It’s OK to love your pets, but you really can’t compare the two.

Secret for staying young: Shaving my head before anyone knew I was going bald.

Memorable vacation: Bar Harbor, summer 2010.

My favorite weekend retreats are: My backyard.

If I had more time, I would: Spend more time with my family.

What most people don’t know about me: I was a bartender at TGI Fridays for 7 years.

When you are not practicing law, what do you like to do? Being with my family.

Favorite TV program: The Daily Show/It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Favorite artist: Kasey Ranco (age 6).

Favorite composers: Duke Ellington/Elvis Costello/Patty Griffin.

Favorite album: John Coltrane/A Love Supreme.

Favorite music/musician: Ruthie Foster/Bob Marley/Chris Thile.

Favorite movie: Pulp Fiction.

Favorite food:  Chicken parmesan, BBQ brisket.

Favorite restaurant: Gino’s Pizzeria in Round Rock.

Talents (besides law): Music (play piano); I found out recently that I’m pretty good at 3rd grade math, too.

Hobbies: Music and sports.

If you could be anyone else for a day, who would it be?  Rick Perry.

If you weren't an attorney, what profession do you think you would be in? Teacher.

Rob works at The Carlson Law Firm and is the supervising attorney for the firm's three Austin offices.

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Random Profile: Alberto Mesta, El Paso

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Alberto is seen here doing outreach with farmworkers who are harvesting green chile.

Culinary talent: Green Chile poppers.

Bet you didn’t know: I tore down the goal posts when UTEP defeated BYU (14-3) in 1997.

Another little known fact: If loving musicals is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

Bad habit: Continuing loving the Oakland Raiders despite their continual losing seasons.

Favorite album: Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

Family: Engaged to Elizabeth Molina, who is also an attorney who works at the Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. - El Paso office.

Areas of practice: Farm worker Employment Litigation, Consumer Rights, and Real Estate.

Education: University of Texas School of Law (J.D. 2002); University of Texas - El Paso (B.A., Political Science, 1999).

Community Involvement: I am a board member with the Nonprofit Enterprise Center, which is a resource center for the non-profit community in El Paso. I serve on the board with the El Paso Bar Association.

Mentors/heroes: My parents who represent the American dream.

Most important career lesson: Listen.  

Favorite saying/quote: The lyrics to “Simple Kind Of Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Favorite artist: John Singer Sergent.

Favorite composers: Don Williams and Badly Drawn Boy.

Favorite movie: The Alamo with John Wayne.

Favorite food: Steak Frites.

Hobbies: Lawn care and lawn care accessories.

Collects: I collect caps from the bars and breweries.

If I had more time: I would help more indigent clients that need help.

Best thing about being a lawyer: Helping a person resolve a problem.

The part of my job I do best is: Being able to explain complicated things to clients with limited education and have them understand.

If you could be anyone else for a day, who would it be? An archeologist seeking to rediscover the lost works of Antiquity by helping the Herculaneum Society work at Herculaneum and the Villa of the Papyri, which has a extensive library buried during the eruption of Mt. Vesvius in 79 AD.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing attorneys today? The biggest challenge that attorneys face is restoring our reputation among society that it is honorable and noble profession.

If you weren't an attorney, what profession do you think you would be in? I would be an archeologist with a hat and a whip.

What's the turning point that made you decide to become an attorney? I was born with a desire to advocate for social and economic justice.

Who are the people you admire most, and why: I admire my clients who despite being poor have tremendous generosity and strive to make most of their day.

Alberto is an attorney with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA), and is the managing attorney for the El Paso office.

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Random Profile: Jason Katz, Dallas

For Random Profiles, we randomly pick one of our 86,000-plus attorneys and do a Q&A. We've found that every Texas lawyer has an interesting story. Will yours be next?

Bet you didn’t know: I dislike ice tea even though I grew up in Macon, Georgia.

Culinary talent: Grilled cheese.

Most important career lesson: Never underestimate your opponent. 

What most people don’t know about me: I have a twin brother. 

The best piece of advice ever given to you and by whom: My grandfather required that I hit the golf ball out of the bushes. He wouldn’t let me move the ball – I was eleven. He told me that I needed to follow the rules. I live my life that way. My wife calls me the rules patrol. It has served me well.  

Family: Ginger Appleberry (wife) and Jackson Katz (son).

Areas of practice: Civil Litigation, Bankruptcy, and Appellate.

Education: J.D. (2002) and MBA (1999) from Univ. of Arkansas – Fayetteville; BA from Univ. of Georgia (1997).

Another little known fact: My mom is Canadian.

Bad habit: I work too much.

Secret for staying young: Diet and exercise.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing attorneys today? Splitting time at work with time at home.  

If you weren't an attorney, what profession do you think you would be in? I would work in the UGA athletics department in any capacity they would let me.

What's the turning point that made you decide to become an attorney? I negotiated a deal with my mom when I was a kid when my twin brother and I were in trouble. At the end of the day, she told me that I should go to law school because I made a great deal.   

When you are not practicing law, what do you like to do? Spend time with my family.

Who are the people you admire most, and why? My wife. It is hard to practice law and raise a family. She does a great job of doing both.  

Favorite TV program: UGA football games.

Latest pursuit: Working on triathlon competition – currently side tracked due to injury.

Pet peeve: Loud drinkers – you know who you are.

Favorite artist: Allman Brothers Band.

Favorite album: Live at Ludlow Garage 1970.

Favorite music/musician: Jam bands.

Favorite movie: Depends on my mood…currently The Natural.

The last movie I saw: Ratatouille (my son loves it).

Favorite magazine: Sports Illustrated.

Favorite food: Cheeseburgers, bacon, - I could go on, but you get the idea.

Favorite restaurant: Depends on my mood – Chow Thai in Addison.

Talents (besides law): making people laugh.

Hobbies: Running, biking, swimming, golf, tennis.

Collects: golf balls from courses I play.

Memorable vacation: Hawaii (Maui) – honeymoon. 

My favorite weekend retreats are: hanging out with my son and wife – don’t care where we retreat.

If I had more time, I would: play golf.

Best thing about being a lawyer: it is generally interesting. 

What has changed the most technologically or practice wise since you have been licensed? The use of computers and e-mail (versus formal letters).

How do you think the practice will change in the next 15 years? Most law offices will probably be paperless.

Jason Katz works at The Curtis Law Firm in Dallas.

You can also view Jason's TexasBar.com profile.

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Prizes
It's not every day that you're randomly picked from among 86,000 peers. To commemorate, randomly-profiled attorneys receive a TexasBar.com t-shirt.

Update Your Online Profile
Have you updated your attorney profile lately? Go to MyBarPage on TexasBar.com, log in, and click "Update My Profile." While you’re at it, click “My Directory Options” and add a photo, law firm link, and Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and blog accounts – all for free.

Opinions and statements expressed in these profiles are those of their subjects - not the State Bar of Texas.