Grab a Cup of Tea to Talk History and Play Beat Saber

Discovery with Michael Hawash

Published in 2020 Texas Super Lawyers magazine

By Michael Hawash on October 19, 2020


I can’t go a day without … English breakfast tea.

If you were in my office, you’d … think you were in a military history museum.

When I was a newbie lawyer I … was fortunate to be mentored by some of the best litigators and trial lawyers. Any success I have enjoyed is directly attributable to them.

The lawyer I most admire is … my law partner and colleague for over 27 years, Walter Cicack. When it comes to politics, let’s just say we don’t see eye to eye. However, he is a damn fine lawyer!

I wish more lawyers would … mediate at the beginning of the case instead of the end.

My career high point (so far) has been … being the first mediator in Texas to be certified in the expanding field of early dispute resolution.

If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be … a university professor of history.

When I win a case, I celebrate by … congratulating the entire trial team with an expensive dinner and open bar tab. Victory is seldom achieved alone.

The SCOTUS justice I’d like to meet is … Sandra Day O’Connor. One of my partners clerked for her and she sounds like a fascinating woman.

The SCOTUS decision I’d overturn is … Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The ill effects of Citizens United will pollute politics for generations.

I can’t believe more people haven’t readReplay by Ken Grimwood, a quasi-science fiction yarn that poses the question: “What if I knew then what I know now?”

My fictional hero is … Bilbo Baggins, who exhibits many traits I most admire: cleverness, courage, compassion, doggedness, and determination in the face of adversity. 

My real-life hero is … the Greatest Generation. 

On weekends I … spend every minute I can with my lovely wife and wonderful children.

My most bizarre talent is … I can beat my kids at the virtual reality game Beat Saber!

The movie line I quote most often is … “Luke, I am your father.” (My son’s name is Luke.)

The last TV show I binge-watched was … Vikings. All six intrigue-filled, blood-drenched, barbaric seasons.

My favorite phrase is … “It’s over!” Which is what I tell litigants at the end of a successful mediation.

If I had a time machine … I wouldn’t set the date to travel to any time in 2020.

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