Z-man May Have 40 Pre-trial Quirks, But He Wouldn't Trade Law for Anything
Discovery with John Zavitsanos
Published in 2019 Texas Super Lawyers magazine
By John Zavitsanos on September 6, 2019
My nickname is … Greek, Z, Z-man, Zorbo.
I can’t go a day without … Greek coffee and music.
If you were in my office, you’d … hear loud music, see great art, hear 20 different languages.
My colleagues would be surprised to know that … I actually have a soft spot.
When I was a newbie lawyer I … colored inside the lines.
The lawyers I most admire are … Dick Miller and Walter Workman: the two best trial lawyers I have ever seen (both have passed).
The qualities I most like in a lawyer are … confidence and initiative.
My pre-trial routine is … extensive. My legal assistant actually has a 40-point list of my quirks.
When I started, I wish I knew … sometimes the best lawyer in the courtroom does not win.
My career high point (so far) has been … building the best trial firm in the state.
If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be … unemployed.
When I win a case, I celebrate by … We have some very unique parties (3D cakes featuring people in the trial, video skits of facts in the case, case trivia competitions, etc.).
I almost quit the law because … never. I look forward to every day.
The SCOTUS justice I’d like to meet is … John Paul Stevens.
The SCOTUS decision I’d overturn is … Citizens United vs. FEC.
A different practice area that intrigues me is … absolutely none.
My favorite Twitter feed is … What is Twitter? 🙂
I can’t believe more people haven’t read … Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield.
My real-life heroes are … my mother and father.
The talent I wish I had is … playing concert-quality piano.
The most fascinating person I ever met is … Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I.
The craziest thing I witnessed in a courtroom was … a knock-down fistfight in the courtroom between attorneys for the plaintiff and defense.
The movie line I quote most often is … “Everything that guy just said is bullshit.”— My Cousin Vinny
Nothing cheers me up like … a favorable jury verdict.
The most annoying thing about my job is … keeping time.
If I had a morning show, my co-host would be … Murray Fogler.
If I won the lottery, I’d … do nothing different.
My courtroom walk-up music would be … Beethoven’s 9th.
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