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Mentor/hero: Bill Whitehurst from Austin hired me as a third year law student. Before then, I did not know what personal injury attorneys did.
Favorite saying/quote: My favorite saying is "if this was easy everyone would be doing it."
When they do the film about you, what actor should portray you? Danny Devito
Education: B.S. in Advertising from the University of Illinois in 1974. J.D. at University of Texas School of Law in 1977.
Likes/Dislikes: I like being a lawyer. I dislike lawyers who only like to be business people and are not litigators.
Bad habit: My bad habit is a love of wine.
Culinary talent: My wife is a judge, so I do most of the cooking.
What kind of car do you drive? I have a BMW hybrid that is a total piece of junk.
Most important career lesson: Best lesson is the golden rule. Most lawyers are only practicing for the money.
Latest pursuit: My latest pursuit is helping my five children.
Current Project: My current project is getting my web page to reflect our firm.
Pet peeve: My pet peeve is procrastination or saying "I assumed," by my staff.
Secret for staying young: Choose your parents wisely.
Favorite TV program: Breaking Bad, Scandal, Damages, Homeland, Web Therapy.
Favorite sport: Futbol and football are my favorite sports.
Current reading material/Generally likes to read: I am reading "Redeeming the Dream," and love all Malcolm Gladwell books.
Memorable Vacation: Spain
The best piece of advice ever given to you and by whom: Wallace Craig, my boss from 1977 to 1982, said, "if you don’t think you are worth a damn you probably ain’t."
If you weren’t an attorney, what profession do you think you would be in? If I was not a lawyer, I would be in advertising.
Is not good at: being patient
Best thing about being a lawyer: I like being a lawyer because I like catching the other side lying.
Biggest misconception about me: I think people know about me and are accurate in their perceptions, though not all those perceptions are flattering.
Likes: I like figuring out liability and coverage. I like all things NY.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing attorneys today? The biggest challenge is the lawyers on TV. I like the portrayal of every plaintiff’s lawyer that has been portrayed.
What’s the turning point that made you decide to become an attorney? The draft. I wanted to keep my 2S and had no desire to be in the army.
Who are the people you admire most, and why? I admire lawyers who take unpopular causes on.
How do you think the practice will change in the next 15 years? In the next 15 years the need for lawyers will decrease and it will not be as good of a gig it is now, except for a few of the most talented lawyers.
Involvement: I am on the State Bar Advertising Review Committee.
Favorite musicians: Beatles. Beatles. All Beatles albums.
Favorite magazine: I like all magazines concerning science.
Favorite food and restaurant: I favor all foods and most restaurants.
Collects: I collect historical documents.
Talents (besides law): My only talent is being a lawyer.
Chuck works at Noteboom – The Law Firm.
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