Downtime with Michael Yates

Live, work and play with Gevurtz Menashe’s Of Counsel attorney

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What are you reading?

Long Range, the 20th novel in the Joe Pickett novel series — crime fiction but with a Western bent — by C.J. Box. 

What are you watching?

Season 2 of “The Lincoln Lawyer.” It’s based on the character Mickey Haller, who makes an occasional appearance in Michael Connelly’s crime fiction series about Harry Bosch. I’ve read all of the Bosch books, and I love the streaming series, “Bosch,” and its successor, “Bosch: Legacy.”

What are you listening to?

Michael Franks’ Barefoot on the Beach on CD. Normally I listen to straight-ahead jazz. (I was sad when Tony Bennett recently died.)

What is your must-have gadget?

A digital meat thermometer. Whether grilling or roasting, it’s important to be precise so that what I serve isn’t over- or undercooked.

What was your earliest childhood ambition?

To be a lawyer. From my earliest memories, I have always been passionate about helping people achieve their goals/needs/rights. The thing that has always intrigued me most about law is that there are two sides to every issue, and law can bridge the differences to come to a successful conclusion.

What is your favorite place to visit?

Manzanita on Oregon’s North Coast. In less than two hours, I can be out of the office and walking on the beach. What a great way to clear my head and recharge.

What is your biggest extravagance?

Collecting classic French bicycles, frames and components from the ’70s and ’80s. Those were the golden years of road racing, and compared to the materials and designs today, the bikes were much heavier. I got hooked on the Tour de France when I was younger and have always admired how those athletes persevered with the equipment available at the time.

What motivates you to come to work?

As a family law attorney, I am motivated by the legal intellectual challenges and the challenge to guide my clients through a very difficult period in their lives.

What do you think is the greatest strength you bring to your job?

My greatest strength is my ability to explain the law, and to listen to and empathize with my clients’ concerns and needs.

What is the most important thing to consider when helping a client through challenging times?

The most important thing for me to consider when representing a client is to get to know their relevant life history.

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