In what area of law do you practice and why did you choose this?
Estate Planning/Trusts and Estates
What did you want to be when you grew up?
The world was my oyster. I was more sure of what I did not want to do – farming – just too hard of a lifestyle.
When did you decide you wanted to be a lawyer?
After Peace Corps service (1970-72) I entered a graduate program that left me disappointed. Law school offered more opportunities.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a lawyer?
Financial advisor as a career. If retired, I would continue my avocation as a sailboat captain.
Tell us about a mentor who made an impact on your career.
Early mentor said, “You don’t have to be a jerk (different word used) to be a good lawyer!”
What do you like best about practicing law at H&J?
I am “of counsel” to the firm and enjoy the freedom it entails.
What is your favorite Minnesota Lake?
I spend a lot of time on Lake Pepin, but Lake Superior is the best.
When you are not working, what would people find you doing?
Summer – sailing, biking, hiking and roller blades.
Winter – on my X-country skiis.
What is your favorite part of practicing law?
Client interaction. Many of them become friends.
What is a recent good book you read?
“We Were the Mulvaney’s” – a family of six is devastated by the rape of a 16 year old.
What advice would you give to the young version of yourself who is just entering law school?
I did not realize how important good marketing skills were to the practice of law. I was intimidated and turned off by the process. It took me a long time to understand how important such skills are to a successful practice and learn how to effectively market myself. It must be made a priority and sooner is better.
What might people be surprised to know about you?
I am a USCG licensed captain to vessels up to 50 ton. I use it to take people to the Caribbean and most recently the Sea of Cortez.
What is your strongest asset?
I am a practiced listener. I listen carefully before I speak to clients.