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Best thing about being a lawyer: Finding solutions for real world problems

The last movie I saw was: Ernest Saves Christmas. It’s not Christmas without it – “KnowhutImean”

Collects: My clients send me decks of playing cards from around the World. I have cards from all continents except Antarctica, several islands, and many tourist spots in the U.S. Interesting decks in my collection include decks from Air Force 2 and Marine Helicopter 1, a deck made by a missionary group in Africa, and decks from companies and countries that no longer exist.

Born: 1952

Family: Still married to Marilyn, my high school sweetheart for 30+ years

Areas of practice: Family, Probate, Real Estate (Homeowner Associations)

Education: South Texas College of Law 1992; University of Texas at El Paso 1980

Bet you didn’t know: I would answer this question

Likes: I like to photograph people un-posed, having fun.

Culinary talent: You bet. I’ll never be skinny.

Community Involvement: Photographer, University of Houston Marching Band

Heroes: My daughters, Jennifer and Rebekah, are my heroines.

Most important career lesson: You are never too old to change careers.

Favorite saying/quote: I have two :

Winston Churchill, "Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened."

Thomas Jefferson – "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."

Favorite composer: John Williams

Favorite musicians: My daughters, Jennifer and Rebekah

Favorite place to find albums: my website

Talents (besides law): Photography

Hobbies: Photography

Last book read: Guns, Steel and Germs by Jared Diamond. The book attempts to explain why Eurasian civilizations, as a whole, have survived and conquered others, while attempting to refute the belief that Eurasian hegemony is due to any form of Eurasian intellectual, moral, or inherent genetic superiority.

Memorable vacation: A ten day car trip with my wife and daughters to see mountains and canyons out west.

If I had more time, I would: Learn calculus

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing attorneys today? The internet

If you weren’t an attorney, what profession do you think you would be in? Political Consultant

What’s the turning point that made you decide to become an attorney? I wanted to stop traveling and stay close to home to be a part of my daughters’ lives.


Charley Prine works at Charley E. Prine, Jr. Attorney at Law

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