For Random Profiles, we randomly pick one of our 80,000-plus attorneys, call them, and do a Q&A. We’ve found that every Texas lawyer has an interesting story. Will yours be next?

Best thing about being a lawyer: Being able to help people when they REALLY need it.

Most important career lesson: Never give up. Struggle makes success sweeter.

Bet you didn’t know:  I participate in the Livestrong Challenge.

Born/Age: Longview, Texas, September 2, 1972/ 37 years old 

Family: wife, Kari Alkire Skinner, practices family law at the firm of Lilly, Newman & Van Ness; sons, Will-8 years old, Cale-5 years old

Areas of practice: Criminal Defense 

Education: BA- Journalism, Stephen F. Austin State University, 1995
MA- Mass Communication, Stephen F. Austin State University, 1998
JD- South Texas College of Law, 2006

Another little known fact: I love rap music.

What kind of car do you drive?  Chevy Tahoe

Mentors/heroes: Rusty Hardin: both mentor and hero

Favorite saying/quote: “It is what it is.”

Favorite TV program: The Office

Favorite album: Trace, by Son Volt

Favorite music/musician: Steve Earle, circa 1989

Favorite movie: 300

Favorite magazine: Texas Monthly & The Atlantic

Favorite sport: Racing

Favorite food: Whataburger with cheese and jalapenos

Favorite restaurant: Churrasco’s

Where to be found on a Saturday night: Home with my wife and kids

Last book read: Service Included: Four-Star Secrets of an eavesdropping Waiter

My favorite weekend retreats are: New Orleans

If I had more time, I would: Write

The part of my job I do best is: Identifying and communicating with my clients.

What most people don’t know about me: I’m older than I look.

Who are the people you admire most, and why?  I admire people who love what they do.

Billy Skinner works at The Law Offices of Billy Skinner.

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