July 23, 2012

David Lawton

AGE: 38

TITLE: Attorney

COMPANY NAME: Bracewell & Giuliani LLP



What do you do? As a member of Bracewell's Financial Restructuring Group, I represent institutional investors, fund managers and other lenders and equity groups in complex workouts, insolvency proceedings, and litigation in U.S. and international corporate restructurings with a particular emphasis on Australian workouts. Day to day, that means I spend a lot of time listening, analyzing, building consensus, negotiating and drafting documents in order to maximize the value of our clients' investments.

What do you want to be doing in 10 years? Professionally? Assuming I can't make a respectable living as a traveling poet, I want to continue providing excellent advice to my clients, expand the strong international work of my current practice and build a niche in French and other European restructurings. Personally, I want to be celebrating 21 years with my amazing wife, enjoying my three children, and having a tangible, positive impact on those around me. Whatever comes, I want to maintain personal integrity and a proper perspective on life. It isn't merely what we do that matters but how we do it and who we are while doing it.

What is your biggest strength? I generally remain calm and level-headed in difficult and tense situations.

Where do you go for new ideas? “Necessity is the mother of invention.” New ideas are typically forged from the furnace of new dilemmas or a drive to improve existing processes. Of course, few new ideas are truly novel. They're built on a foundation of precedent within a framework constructed by countless others. Ultimately, I brainstorm with intelligent and creative colleagues, drawing from my own professional and personal experience, recent news and relevant literature.

What is the best advice you received? I had just started mowing lawns and doing yard work for a few neighbors as a kid when my dad told me that if I would go the extra mile and always do an excellent job – I'd have repeat business and referrals. The advice is simple, but following it throughout life has made all the difference.

What service or charitable cause has your attention? Many Hartford residents have immediate, physical needs, which is why I volunteer with Bracewell & Giuliani in local soup kitchens and homeless shelters (both as waiter and lawyer). However, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I'm concerned about sub-par parenting and a public education system that teaches to the twenty-fifth percentile in order to satisfy minimum educational standards instead of encouraging students to strive for excellence in education and character. I applaud and support organizations like Grace Academy here in Hartford for demanding such excellence, even in the inner city, and I represent neglected children through Lawyers for Children America on a pro bono basis.

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