Discovery with Marshall M. Searcy

Marshall Searcy’s clients range from oil companies to big law firms. Just don’t ask him to give up the coffee and cigarettes.

Published in 2016 Texas Super Lawyers magazine

By Marshall M. Searcy on September 6, 2016


My nickname is … Chaparro (“Shorty”).

I can’t go a day without … coffee and smoking.

If you were in my office, you’d … laugh at the rubbish I have hoarded over the years. 

My colleagues would be surprised to know that … I really do have a home.

When I was a newbie lawyer I … thought every older lawyer walked on water.

The lawyers I most admire are …. Dee J. Kelly and Morris Harrell (tie).

The quality I most like in a lawyer is … professionalism.

My pre-trial routine is … read, read, meet with my clients and colleagues, and read some more.

When I started, I wish I knew … that it would be this fun. 

My career high point (so far) has been … securing the acquittal of a wrongfully charged young man who had no one else.

If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be … a preacher.

When I win a case, I celebrate by … sleeping late.

I almost quit the law because … I trusted a client who did not level with me.

The SCOTUS decision I’d overturn is … Wickard v. Filburn (1942 case over federal regulation of the economy).

I can’t believe more people haven’t read … Stranger in a Strange Land (by Robert A. Heinlein).

I can do a pretty good impersonation of … most anyone.

On weekends I … do manual labor. Cut trees, clear brush and build rock walls.

My most bizarre talent is … masonry.

I get angry when … I encounter basic rude behavior.

On my worst day I … needlessly bring sadness to someone.

On my best day I … make someone’s life brighter.

The book I just don’t get is … Catcher in the Rye

The last TV show I binge-watched was … Wallander (a Swedish mystery series)

Nothing cheers me up like … hearing from old friends.

The most annoying thing about my job is … keeping track of administrative details.

If I had a morning show, my co-host would be … Charles Barkley.

My guilty pleasure is … bourbon.

My favorite phrase is … “you’re right.”

My real-life hero is … St. Peter. He was a man who ascended to the heights, dropped to the valley, but rebounded like a yo-yo.

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