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

If you could be anyone else for a day, who would it be? Tony Romo, preferably on a Sunday in early February.

Bet you didn’t know:  I’ve been an extra in two Hollywood movies.

Favorite saying/quote: “When a defining moment comes along, you define the moment or the moment defines you.” Roy “Tin Cup” McAvoy

Born/Age: 1972/37

Family: wife, Alicia Clayton; two daughters, Avery (6 years old) and Gracie (4 years old)

Areas of practice: Corporate and Securities; Mergers and Acquisitions

Education: JD, Harvard Law School, 1998; BBA, Texas Tech University, 1995

Bad habit: Drinking Diet Dr Pepper

What kind of car do you drive? Chevy Tahoe

Mentors/heroes: Dean Tetirick, who has a tremendous combination of smarts, integrity and likability. He is masterful at advocating for his client while remaining calm and respectful of his adversaries.  

When they do the film about you, what actor should portray you? Tim Robbins

Favorite TV program: The McLaughlin Group, The Sports Reporters

Favorite movie: Old School

The last movie I saw was: The latest Disney princess movie with my two daughters.

Favorite sport: Basketball

Favorite food: Blue Bell Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Favorite restaurant: Abuelo’s

Generally likes to read: Anything by Bill Simmons (The Sports Guy) of or Jonah Goldberg of National Review Online.  

Memorable vacation: My family was visiting London during the 2005 subway bombings.

If you weren’t an attorney, what profession do you think you would be in? My dream job would be to be a sports radio talk show host. I’d love to get paid to tell the world what the Cowboys and Mavericks should do to improve their play.

What’s the turning point that made you decide to become an attorney? A high school field trip to the Travis County Courthouse. We sat in on a DWI trial and I thought “Hey, I think I could do a better job than the prosecuting attorney.”

What has changed the most technologically or practice wise since you have been licensed? Document delivery by e-mail. It seems like I spent half of the first 6 months of my career preparing to fax or FedEx lengthy documents or scrambling to get to an after-hours FedEx drop-up location before the final pick-up. I haven’t used a fax machine or rushed to a FedEx box in years, thank goodness.

Douglas Clayton works at Cantey Hanger LLP in Dallas.

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