Dearie, Fischer & Mathews
Week 2: Workplace Image
What do you find most rewarding about your job?
As a partner is a small law firm, I now have the opportunity to cut through legal red tape to help inventors and entrepreneurs realize their dreams. I routinely have people come through my office that have the that twinkle in their eye, that hope to make a mark on the world, that proud ownership of their “baby” of an idea. The most rewarding part of my job has to be that ability to help someone gain that autonomy and catch their dream of being a successful small business owner or inventor.
Week 1: First Impressions
What made you decide to pursue your current career or vocation?
My vocation is husband and father, and the love and care I have for my family directs me to use all my talents and resources to provide for their spiritual, material and physical development. I could not imagine my life ordered any other way.
As for my profession, I am now an intellectual property attorney. Growing up in a dual-engineer family, I saw the excitement and benefit inherent in innovation. The average human lifespan has nearly doubled in the last 100 years, in no small part to improvements in medicine, refrigeration, travel and air conditioning. I started my training in this vein as a mechanical engineer before receiving my first taste of patent law when I worked at Procter & Gamble in their diaper division. I was given the opportunity to do patent clearance searches and compare proposed technical solutions against patents owned by P&G as well as its competitors. I thoroughly enjoyed the intellectual rigor, as well the way in which I could help improve the state of the art in a meaningful way. I then added Political Science to my undergraduate curriculum before continuing to law school.
Why should people vote for you as “the Most Inspirational Man in Dayton?”
As a “good guy” lawyer, I use my job to help others start their businesses, protect their inventions and realize their dreams.