My Name is My Name
Discovery with Nicholas Bedford
Published in 2021 Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine on February 17, 2021
My nickname is … Nick Bed. Clever, huh?
I can’t go a day without … some form of physical activity. I get restless.
If you were in my office, you’d … think I have a nice view. You can see Truist Park.
My colleagues would be surprised to know that … I’m a frequent painter. (I was a fine arts minor.)
When I was a newbie lawyer I … wanted a J-O-B. (I graduated during the recession of 2009.)
The quality I most like in a lawyer is … thoroughness.
When I started, I wish I knew … there is beauty in the journey, not just the destination.
My career high point (so far) has been … winning a wrongful eviction case. I do pro bono for the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation. I helped a good person that day.
When I win a case, I celebrate by … probably calling my inner circle to share the experience. But there is always a new dragon to slay.
The SCOTUS justice I’d most like to meet is … Justice Thurgood Marshall, followed by the Notorious RBG, followed by Justice Earl Warren. (I am eternally thankful for Brown v. Board of Education.)
My courtroom walkup music would be … Jay Z’s “Public Service Announcement.” “Allow me to reintroduce myself” is a good substitute for “May it please the court.”
A different practice area that intrigues me is … civil rights.
My favorite Twitter feed is … Jemele Hill’s: @jemelehill.
I can’t believe more people haven’t read … The Great Gatsby for fiction, The Autobiography of Malcolm X for nonfiction.
My fictional hero is … Black Panther.
My real life heroes are … my parents.
On weekends I … go to the gym, paint, have quality time with friends and fam—including Robin, my dog.
My favorite meal is … Grass VBQ Joint’s vegan “chicken” sandwich is the best I ever had.
I get angry when … someone lies on my name. “My name is my name.”
The craziest thing I witnessed in a courtroom is … this whole year in general. If you told me a few years ago that I would do an in-person hearing in an N95 and wearing rubber gloves, I would have looked at you like you were crazy.
My earliest memory is … Sesame Street.
My favorite song lyric is … “Never get high on your own supply.”
The movie line I quote most often is … not a movie, but the above quote from The Wire: “My name is my name.” I stand by that one.
The three people I’d invite to dinner are … 44 (President Obama), Basquiat, and my dad.
If I had a time machine, I would … go forward not backward.
If I had a morning show, my co-host would be … Tamron Hall is solid.
My guilty pleasure is … gummy bears.
My favorite podcast is … The Breakfast Club.
My favorite news source is … Twitter of late, to be honest.
I’m inspired by … people who find success trusting their inner voice and have the courage and maturity to accept the consequences of taking that leap.
The question I’m tired of answering is … “Tell me about yourself.”