I became a lawyer because I admired my best friend's father, John S. Mosby, Sr., a small-town lawyer in the Arkansas delta and, later, a circuit court judge. He made little money by today's standards, but was respected and trusted by everyone. He was my Atticus Finch.
After graduating from Vanderbilt Law School in 1976, I began practicing law in Nashville in small firms with incredibly smart and ethical lawyers. In 1989, I was admitted to the Nebraska bar, as well. My practice was a mix of trial work, state and federal appeals, entertainment law, intellectual property, and representing franchisors.
AAlthough I loved practicing law, I had been teaching Appellate Advocacy at Vanderbilt also and academia beckoned. I began teaching full-time at Malibu's Pepperdine University School of Law, where I later served as Dean for six years. Afterwards, I served as Dean of Atlanta's John Marshall Law School for eight years and founded its branch campus, the Savannah Law School.
Between stints in legal education, I was a member of the Founding Faculty of Belmont University's Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business and the Director of Belmont's Music Business Program. The wide range of law and business courses I taught over the years has given me a broad perspective, as well as the ability to creatively solve problems.
My first book, Appellate Litigation, was a practical primer about preparing for appeals and techniques for excellent written and oral advocacy. My next book, Jury Trial: Law and Practice, was the first book to discuss trial skills and the law of jury selection and juror misconduct. (Chapters from both books are available for download on this website.) I've also written for legal journals and revised sections of multi-volume legal treatises.
The future? I think we can rule out a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, although I have a high sense of availability. I want to have the reputation Judge Mosby had: a lawyer who is respected and trusted by everyone. The lawyers with whom I work, the clients I represent, and the judges before whom I appear will be the ones who decide if I succeed.