“and the work of their hands brings them reward…”
Growing up, I had the benefit of a father who wanted me to help him with everything. I consider that a benefit now, but I wasn’t so sure back then. When I was standing next to the car while he was slid under it so I could hand him the socket or wrench he needed, it didn’t seem like such a fun thing to do, but in hindsight it was a good thing. We did all kinds of things on Saturday morning, from fixing fence posts in the backyard to mowing the lawn and cleaning the pool. He likes to say that he taught me all the things I didn’t want to do for a living: auto mechanic, gardener, fence post digger, painter. When I ran out of other things I ended up going to “Lie School” so I could be a “liar.” I still think most engineers think the same way about most lawyers.
So how did I end up a lawyer? I realized early that the law was the key to the mysterious forces behind why people do things. Understanding it would be the key to doing what you wanted in life, and helping others understand it and find their way through its minefields could be a lot of fun. If reading that makes you laugh, then you may not be cut out to be a lawyer.
It took many years to articulate, but I finally realized what I had found when talking about life and the future with my oldest son, Jonathan. I believe God has put something inside each of us that we love to do. It’s that thing that you can do for hours and then look up at the clock and realize that time just flew by. It is the thing that gives you satisfaction, and pride, and a desire to refine your skill. Find that thing, and then find out how to make money doing it, and you will be fulfilling the highest and best use for your life that God has for you.
For Jonathan, that thing was working with computers. For me, it is working with the law. That’s why my law firm specializes in writing agreements, and why I spend my time creating systems that work, and why I spent time in politics. A well designed system with rules that make sense to people creates a harmony that is a thing of beauty. Laws or systems that don’t make sense frustrate people, waste time, and create strife and tension.
So everything you read about on this page will relate to the work that I do. It is about the law, and the systems we use to create a thing of beauty, whether it is a deal or a legal concept, and hopefully along the way I’ll make some money doing it too.
- Quadrant Welcomes New Partner Tim HickeyMay 5, 2020- Quadrant Law Group is thrilled to welcome Tim Hickey as a new Partner. Managing Partner, Robert Ming explains, “Tim has been an integral member of Quadrant’s team for the past three years. Last year, Tim consolidated his private legal practice work with Quadrant. Since then, he has brought several new significant clients to Quadrant.” Tim is a highly ...
- Pepperdine Law Board of AdvisorsOctober 30, 2018 – Robert Ming, Founding Partner of Quadrant Law, joins Pepperdine University School of Law’s Board of Advisors. Serving on the board, Ming will invest in the future of Pepperdine and its students with his time and resources. Ming will serve on the board alongside Former Dean Ken Starr, Mark Hiepler, Federal District Court ...