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Best thing about being a lawyer:
I have loads of great “war” stories.
Bet you didn’t know:
I play the ukulele.
Learning to play Layla on the ukulele
Wife – Dr. Jolie Bailey; Between us we have seven children, three of whom are in college.
Areas of practice:
Undergraduate – University of Dallas
Law – Georgetown
Another little known fact:
I lived in Denmark and learned to speak Danish.
I’m passionate about history, and I really dislike Brussels sprouts.
I stay up too late.
Is not good at:
What kind of car do you drive?
First UU Church
Morris Dees, Errol Morris
Most important career lesson:
Listen to your client and spend an extraordinary amount of time helping them to learn to tell their story before they testify.
The legal system is perfect 60% of the time.
When they do the film about you, what actor should portray you?
Secret for staying young:
Go for a long walk every day
The Book of Mormon
Favorite TV program:
Déjà vu – Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
Favorite musical group:
Favorite place to find albums:
O Brother Where Art Thou
The last movie I saw was:
Where to be found on a Saturday night:
Watching a movie
Talents (besides law):
Reading, travel, playing ukulele, drawing
Current reading material:
Honeymoon in Bali
My favorite weekend retreat is:
Big Bend National Park
If I had more time, I would:
Become a skilled painter.
Biggest misconception about me:
That I’m aloof (just naturally reserved)
What most people don’t know about me:
I was born and raised in Dallas. (My accent is more Midwestern.)
The part of my job I do best is:
Deciphering what a witness is avoiding telling me.
The best piece of advice ever given to you and by whom:
Father Maguire talked me out of pursuing a PhD in English.
If you could be anyone else for a day, who would it be?
The President, just to see what the job really entails
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing attorneys today?
Crushing student loan debt in an over saturated market
Who is your favorite on-screen or literary attorney, and why?
Rumpole of the Bailey is the most honest depiction of the practice of criminal defense. It’s a great television series.
If you weren’t an attorney, what profession do you think you would be in?
What’s the turning point that made you decide to become an attorney?
I took the LSAT on a lark and received a very high score. I took that as a sign.
Who are the people you admire most, and why?
I admire many of the doctors I have come to know. They study very hard to learn something that is tested, usually works, and helps people in a concrete, measurable way.
What has changed the most technologically or practice wise since you have been licensed?When I started practicing in 1990 computers were mostly for word processing. As with other aspects of our lives, they are now integral to almost every aspect of practicing law.
Mick works at Broden & Mickelsen in Dallas.
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