172: David Sparks of Sparks Law / MacSparky discusses being a lawyer and a bit of a geek with us.

David Sparks Head ShotIn 1986 David Sparks of Sparks Law and MacSparky was an engineering student that joined his collegiate debate team. David had tremendous success as a debater and before long he was hooked. David attended Pepperdine Law School as a Dean’s Merit Scholar; he made the Dean’s List and, after an externship with a Federal District Judge, graduated in 1993 with the sole purpose of getting in a courtroom just like Atticus Finch. David joined a law firm full of remarkable lawyers where he was promised me he’d get time in a courtroom. They made good on that promise, letting David go to trial (and win) his first case just a few months after swearing into the bar.

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Fail fast to succeed faster

  • David tells us that having recently gone solo he didn’t realize how much time the administrative parts would take.  He’s actively looking for ways to streamline those processes.

Tell us something good

  • Listen as David explains how he knows that this was the right time in his life to leave a big firm and go on his own.

What’s on your desk?

  • David works with clients of all sizes from Multi-Million Dollar businesses to two guys with a lap top doing primarily transactional work.
  • He acts as in house counsel for clients that are too small to hire an attorney full time.
  • David says he also acts a “traffic cop” by bringing in other attorneys to assist when needed

Favorite Resource

  • David highly recommends using SaneBox manage your inbox.

Favorite Books:

  • David has written several books including the MacSparky Field Guides which can be found here.
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