What one piece of advice would you give someone before they start law school?
Find a way to work in a busy law office, even part time. Understanding high-minded concepts is important, but a well-rounded legal education requires nuts-and-bolts skills and an understanding of the practical elements of the legal trade.
What’s the first thing you ask a client?
We represent families and businesses that have been injured or wronged in some way. So, my first question is typically, “What can we do to help?”
As technology continues to advance at lightning speeds, what is the biggest lag between tech and law?
The profession has come a long way in the past few years — we have finally (mostly) abandoned “legal-sized” paper — but our collective dreams of a paperless profession remain unfulfilled.
What’s your favorite way to entertain a client in Nashville?
Dozen Bakery is our favorite local bakery. Dozen’s sweet treats are as tasty as their savory treats. Dozen Bakery. Mmmmm….
What one thing do you wish you had known before entering the legal profession?
Entering the profession and as a young lawyer, I didn’t appreciate the need for balance in our lives. In our field, there is a tremendous pressure to work all the time and to expect perfection from yourself and others. One of my mentors, Aubrey Harwell, advised me early in my career that a lawyer must carve out time for family and for hobbies. It has taken me years to understand the wisdom and the practical application of that advice.
About Mark Chalos
The managing partner of Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office, Mark Chalos represents individuals who have suffered catastrophic personal injuries and families whose loved ones died due to the negligence or misconduct of others. He has obtained millions of dollars in settlements for families who have been harmed by wrongful conduct.
Through jury trials, Mr. Chalos has held wrong-doers accountable, including representing 32 school children who were videotaped undressing in their school locker room ($1.28 million jury verdict) and a young woman who suffered a severe brain injury in a car wreck (nearly $4 million jury verdict). He also obtained an $8 million arbitration award on behalf of a business client.