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Most important career lesson: Lean into your fears.
Favorite saying/quote: “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” Thomas Jefferson.
Best thing about being a lawyer: The tremendous satisfaction I have in counseling and assisting clients who often times have nowhere else to turn.
If you could be anyone else for a day, who would it be? George H.W. Bush
What has changed the most technologically or practice wise since you have been licensed? The advancement in courtroom technology has changed the most. When I first started practicing law, very few lawyers were using computer technology in presenting their cases in court. Now it is a necessity.
Family: Married to Maida Long. We have three wonderful children: Lauren (6), Morgan (5) and Will (2).
Areas of Practice: Commercial litigation with an emphasis on construction, employment, and oil and gas litigation.
Education: Baylor University (B.A. 1999) South Texas College of Law (J.D. 2002).
Culinary Talent: I would like to think that I have one but I really don’t although my kids like when I make them breakfast.
Community Involvement: I am very active in the Houston Bar Association and serve as Co-Chair of the Lawyers for Literacy Committee. Through the HBA I am involved in serving as a tutor for middle school students and volunteering for legal clinics.
Pet peeve: People who are not self accountable.
Favorite TV program: Anything on the History Channel.
The last movie I saw: Madagascar 3 with my girls.
Favorite food: My wife’s lasagna.
Hobbies: Anything outdoors – running, swimming, camping with the kids and just spending time with my family.
If I had more time, I would: Try to write a novel and travel more.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing attorneys today? I think the biggest challenges facing lawyers are technological advances and the growing demand for lawyers to keep up with technology. Lawyers are now expected to keep up with technology and to utilize it efficiently.
If you weren’t an attorney, what profession do you think you would be in? Probably a financial analyst.
How do you think the practice will change in the next 15 years? Again the technological changes and advancements will continue to change the ways lawyers practice law. Also, because of the Internet and technology, lawyers will continue to be more mobile and not tied to one location offering more lawyers the opportunity to work from home. We are already seeing this.
Danny is a partner in Crady, Jewett & McCulley, LLP in Houston.
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