Retired Lawyer Turned Writer

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Today, we are interviewing Bret Thurman, a retired lawyer who has made a name for himself in the world of blogging. Bret’s career as a lawyer started after he graduated from college with a history degree. In this interview, he shares his journey to becoming a lawyer, the challenges he faced, and the lessons he learned along the way.

Bret’s interest in law was sparked during his history classes, where he learned about the legal and financial rights that Americans have. He realized that these rights are meaningless unless someone enforces them. This realization led him to pursue a career in law.

Like most lawyers, Bret faced financial challenges in his early career. His net income his first year of practicing law was $40. However, he overcame this and other challenges with the help of reverse mentors and older lawyers who were willing to lend their expertise and offer a sympathetic ear.

Bret developed an interest in criminal defense, personal injury, and bankruptcy law because they directly relate to individual legal and financial rights. He also got interested in family law after going through his own divorce.

Bret shared an example of a particularly challenging case he worked on where a smoothie shop was sued by an ice cream shop next door. They successfully convinced a judge that even though a smoothie contained ice cream, it wasn’t ice cream, so the exclusivity clause didn’t apply.

As a lawyer, Bret recognized that every legal case has emotional aspects, especially in family law. He believes that lawyers should understand and address these emotional issues but should never let emotions dictate legal decisions.

When asked what advice he would give to aspiring lawyers considering a legal career, Bret advised them to find an area of law that excites them. He believes that without passion, the desire to practice law can burn out quickly.

In conclusion, Bret Thurman’s journey to becoming a lawyer is a testament to the challenges and rewards of a legal career. His experience shows that with hard work, dedication, and passion, anyone can succeed in this field. As he moves forward with his blogging career, we look forward to seeing more of Bret’s insights and perspectives on the legal world.

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Nick Kellermeyer

Nick Kellermeyer is an experienced entrepreneur and angel investor. His startup experience spans restaurant tech, legal tech, ecommerce, marketplaces, food tech, saas, ad agencies, and much more. Nick received his BS from the University of Dayton and his MBA from DePaul University.

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