Mical on Speaking Constructively and Singing Unreservedly
Discovery with Micalann C. Pepe
Published in 2019 Southwest Super Lawyers magazine
on April 25, 2019
Updated on July 23, 2019
My nickname is … Mical or Coco. Micalann was really hard for my 2-year-old self—and most adults—to pronounce.
My colleagues would be surprised to know that … I hunt and fish.
When I was a newbie lawyer I … thought that I could automatically trust opposing counsel.
The quality I most like in a lawyer is … any of our JW Fundamentals, really, but I’ll narrow it to the ability to speak and communicate constructively.
My pre-trial routine is … listening to Peter, Paul and Mary’s version of “Leaving on a Jet Plane” to set the pace of my speaking. (I have a habit of talking fast.)
My career high point (so far) has been … being selected for the ABA TIPS Leadership Academy this year. The group of 24 lawyers from across the nation is incredibly talented and inspiring.
If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be … a management consultant, recording artist or voice of the next Disney heroine.
The SCOTUS justice I’d like to meet is … the Notorious RBG, of course. I have a coloring page of her on my desk colored by my 6-year-old daughter.
I can’t believe more people haven’t read … source documents for the social media articles they share.
I can do a pretty good impersonation of … Reba McEntire. “Fancy” is one of my go-to karaoke songs.
My most bizarre talent is … my repertoire of character voices for the books I read my children.
On my best day I … don’t sweat the small stuff.
On my worst day I … need two cups of coffee, a Diet Coke and probably a nap.
My motto is … any of the JW Fundamentals, but if I have to pick one, it would be “be relentless about continuous improvement” in every aspect of your life. Also, “get the facts before you react,” another oft-repeated phrase to my children that works equally well when dealing with adults.
The craziest thing I witnessed in a courtroom is … a defendant stifling a chuckle when they played the 911 recording of him calling the police on himself: “I’m driving down the road, and I just did cocaine …”
My earliest memory is … stopping on country roads with my grandma to pick wild lilacs and plums.
The movie line I quote most often is … “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” – The Princess Bride
If I had a morning show, my co-host would be … James Corden, and we would be hosting Carpool Karaoke.
The last TV show I binge-watched was … Outlander, a wonderful show based on even better books by a local Scottsdale author.
Nothing cheers me up like … hugs from my kiddos.
If I won the lottery I’d … not change a thing about my current life. I would create a fund with the Arizona Community Foundation to benefit underprivileged youth through music.
My courtroom walk-up song would be … “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” theme. I grew up on Westerns with my dad—such a classic showdown song.