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Time to Meet & Confer – Episode 6 – There’s More to These Lawyers Than Meets the Eye (and Ear) – Lawyers Artists – Live Now!

James D. Crosby, Attorney at Law - Complex and General Business Litigation and Trial Representation - San Diego, California

Organized, structured, methodical, tactical, deadline-oriented, device-laden, neatly-stacked documents on sleek desks, always busy, always working, always billing — these common (and commonly inaccurate) perceptions of lawyers seem far removed from notions of artistic inspiration and individual creativity, and from sketchpads, easels, and paint. But, is that accurate or fair? Are the traits that make lawyers successful incompatible with those that could make them happy, fulfilled, and successful artists? Can one be both a busy, successful lawyer and an active, creative artist?

Episode #6 of the San Diego County Bar Association’s “Meet and Confer” podcast answers this question and is live at https://www.sdcba.org/index.cfm?pg=Tech-Center and on Apple iTunes and Google Podcasts.

In this episode of SDCBA’s Meet and Confer podcast, Renee Stackhouse and I chat with San Diego attorneys Philip Mauriello and Nannette Farina about their art and music, and its significance in their professional and personal lives.

San Diego Attorney Nannette Farina has a successful San Diego complex business, commercial and bankruptcy litigation practice. She is also an active working artist. Her work has shown in juried art shows and she has successfully sold pieces and worked on commission. San Diego Attorney Philip Mauriello just launched his San Diego business law practice. His is also a musician, playing guitar and mandolin. Phillip regularly performs and has played in cover bands, including a country cover band in New Jersey!

Can one be both a busy, successful lawyer and an active, creative artist? As David and Nannette attest in this interesting podcast, “Yes, Why Not?” Take a few minutes, give it  listen, and get inspired!

And take at look at Renee’s and my companion piece on “Lawyer Artists” in the Jan/Feb 2020 Edition of SDCBA’s San Diego Lawyer.

“Meet & Confer” is a podcast for and about our unique San Diego legal community. We hope to grow our San Diego audience as we grow the podcast. Please look for new episodes, keep listening, and let us know what you’d like to hear about on future episodes by sending an email to bar@sdcba.org.

Losing your First Trial, Ouch! Good Bosses to the Rescue!

James D. Crosby, Attorney at Law - Complex and General Business Litigation and Trial Representation - San Diego, California

I was lucky to be able to try my first case very early in my career – in my 3rd year of practice, now almost 35 years ago! It was a business case, breach of contract, I think, a bench trial in North County Superior Court. Up against two older experienced attorneys.

I had worked hard, was ready to go, fully prepped, couldn’t lose! When I Ieft the office early that morning to go to court, two of my bosses, Dick Lynn and Jim Mehalick, both fine litigators, were in the small reception area of our small firm to see me off. Dick, with a big smile on his face, said – I will never forget this – “if you lose, don’t come back!” Jim smiled. Funny, I thought, kinda? They wished me good luck. Off I went.

I represented the plaintiff. Trial started, I gave opening, put up my witnesses, got my evidence in, closed my case, and LOST! Motions for judgment granted to both defendants.

Devastated. Obviously picked the wrong career. What will the client do – sue me? What will my bosses do? Maybe they weren’t kidding, will they let me back in? Jill and I have a baby on the way, just bought a house, how will I pay the bills? Back to marine biology? A young lawyer unrealistically projecting out years about how a career crunching loss would ruin his entire career and life! In retrospect, silly, but, hey, I LOST my first trial, a case I knew I couldn’t lose.

I went to work the next day to face my bosses. Needless to say, they let me back in the office! We went over the trial, the result, and our remedies. They were encouraging, supportive, thoughtful. They explained, as any trial lawyer would, you can’t win them all, you will lose cases you thought you would win and win some sure losers. Great support, perfect advice – just what I needed, righted my ship, reestablished my gravity. Taught me some lessons. Put me back to work. Ending of the story – we appealed, won, and settled the case.

Moral of the story – its good to have supportive bosses/colleagues/mentors and perseverance pays!

Going solo can be both stressful and exciting – leaving the comforts of a fully supported big law firm can be hard. But the allure of having the freedom to practice law and serve clients the way you want is also hard to resist.

Episode #5 of the San Diego County Bar Association’s “Meet and Confer” podcast takes on this topic and is live at  https://www.sdcba.org/index.cfm?pg=Tech-Center and on Apple iTunes and Google Podcasts.

In this episode of the SDCBA’s Meet and Confer podcast, Renee Stackhouse and I chat with SDCBA Member, David Leatherberry, about his gutsy move to leave Big Law and launch a successful and fulfilling solo practice and with SDCBA Tech Officer Adriana Linares about the tech to make it happen.

This was another fun podcast and a lively, loose conversation about going solo and the tech that allow solos to compete and succeed in a competitive legal market. This conversation will be of keen interest to all those solos and small firmers out there – and there’s lots of them in San Diego, including me and Renee  – and to those thinking about striking out on their own. Give it a listen and tell your friends to do the same!

“Meet & Confer” is a podcast for and about our unique San Diego legal community. We hope to grow our San Diego audience as we grow the podcast. Please look for new episodes, keep listening, and let us know what you’d like to hear about on future episodes by sending an email to bar@sdcba.org.

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