“The harder you work, the luckier you get.” -Gary Player

“The harder you work, the luckier you get.” -Gary Player

In 2017, I had just finished representing a client at a Mandatory Settlement Conference at the Orange County Superior Court. Walking through the lobby on the first floor, I was approached by a stranger.

He asked, “Are you a lawyer? If so, can I ask you a quick question?”

With my curiosity piqued, we chatted for a few minutes and I steered the conversation in a helpful direction, offering guidance and advice. Grateful for the support, he asked for my contact information before inquiring about my experience as a lawyer.

On the drive back to the office, I took a moment to reflect on the specifics of my legal career. Arriving at my desk, I started crunching the numbers beginning with first client and jury trial way back in 1986.

Together with my partner, Lisa Wilson, these were the combined numbers back in 2017. All I can say is time flies when you’re having fun!

✅ 124,800 hours of combined experience practicing law (the real number is more);

✅ 2,640 hours of combined court and jury trials. This number jumps up to 5,200+ if you take pre-trial preparation and litigation into consideration;

✅ 2,000 hours of combined mediations and arbitrations (again, probably more);

What a crazy ride it’s been!

Looking back, Gary had it right. The more we do something the luckier we get!

I’m now available for private mediation and arbitration. Details here.

Author: Mitch Jackson

I'm a California trial lawyer trying to fix the world one client, cause, and digital interaction at a time.

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