Monthly Lawyer Profile – James Paterson
Why did you become a lawyer?
I was in the middle of a Commerce degree majoring in finance and accounting, and knew that I had far too much personality to become an accountant. I liked business, so thought a great way to continue my fantastic lifestyle as a student was to go to law school in the hopes of becoming a business law lawyer.
What is the focus of your law practice?
Business law, corporate law, commercial law, there are lots of names for it, but generally helping people with their businesses, whether it is setting them up, financing them, writing their contracts, dealing with the property issues, and assisting them with their personal wills and estates. There are lots of particular areas that I deal with, corporate law, property development, franchising, commercial financing, and aboriginal property issues, that all assist clients in meeting their legal requirements.
If you weren’t a lawyer, what profession would you like to attempt?
Tough call—astronauts and superheroes are big in my household, but I think I could get used to being a wealthy philanthropist who gets to fly around the world with his family helping/funding various interests and causes which are important to us.
If you weren’t a lawyer, what profession would you never do?
Physician—just not my thing, too much being the bearer of bad news, and then there is the whole passing out at the sight of blood thing…
Your favourite technology tool?
I like our family ipad—it really is cool.
What is the first thing you check each morning?
What are people most surprised to learn about you?
That I once had lunch with the Queen of England, and that I almost took a scholarship to play piano at Cornell University–which would have taken me on a very different life journey!
Your biggest extravagance?
Our family boat, which is awesome!
Your favourite food and drink?
A big steak, medium rare, big red wine, preferably local, but both Californian or Italian work as well. Don’t get me wrong, I love beer too, and the odd rum and coke, or gin and tonic, ceasar…
Your favourite motto?
Take care of your community and it will take care of you—I really believe in that one. It means that you have to get involved, which can be really fun and exciting, and you get to meet really great people.