Colin Walsh
Texas Employer Lawyer Colin Walsh

Last week, we discovered that Evan Skinner, our new summer intern, loves comedies, music, politics, and sports.  Also, he plays piano pretty well.  This week ask him about law school and other fun stuff . . . 

  1. 1) Why did you decide to go to law school?

I wanted to go to law school because I felt like it provided a good balance between things I enjoyed doing, like keeping up with politics and public policy, and things that would help me eventually find a stable career. As much as I love politics, it’s not necessarily easy to find a job with solid long-term prospects in that field, especially straight out of college. Law school was an opportunity to continue learning about things I enjoyed learning about while also setting myself up for success in an industry with a lot more long-term stability.

  1. 2) What is your favorite part of law school?

The thing I’ve enjoyed most about UT Law specifically is how high-quality all the instruction is. In undergrad, I had a lot of good professors but also more than a few that were just sort of O.K. At UT Law, every professor I’ve had would have been in my top five undergraduate professors. It’s really excellent and I didn’t expect it to be such a change.

  1. 3) What is your least favorite part of law school?

I expected this going in, and I don’t think anyone would say they especially like it, but the amount of stress law school can put on you is no joke. For as much as I’ve enjoyed my classes and professors, there can also be a lot of pressure, especially at the end of the semester and in exam season. Ultimately, I think I’m going to look back and be glad about that, but it’s not always awesome to experience in the moment.

  1. 4) Why do you want to work for a Plaintiff’s employment litigation firm this summer?

I’m very much about helping people, both in terms of policy preferences and in life in general. I think working to help workers, and helping people who don’t necessarily have a lot of resources or legal training against companies that have both of those things, is a really admirable thing to do. It’s something that makes me feel like I’m doing something to tangibly make people’s lives better.

  1. 5) Who is your favorite Supreme Court Justice, living or dead, and why?

Surprisingly enough, I’ve never really thought about who my favorite justice is. Out of the current Court, I probably like Sonia Sotomayor the most. As far as historical justices, Louis Brandeis, William Brennan, and Thurgood Marshall all did lots of good work and I have a lot of respect for all three of them. 

  1. 6) Who is the law?

I think that everybody has to be the law in some way, because there’s no way to separate the people that enforce the laws from the people who make the laws, and there’s no way to detach the people that make the laws from the people that choose the lawmakers. I think that’s good. Laws are a basic part of every functioning society and every member of that society needs to have some input, even if it’s indirect.

[Editor’s note – We also would have accepted “Judge Dredd” for question 6]

Thanks, Evan, for your insightful answers.  We hope you enjoy working at the firm this summer!

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We asked Colin W. Walsh, an experienced Trial Attorney in the Austin office of Rob Wiley, P.C., to impart his candid answers to a range of questions.   After reading, you will be more more informed on the well-respected reputation that Mr. Walsh 

We asked Colin W. Walsh, an experienced Trial Attorney in the Austin office of Rob Wiley, P.C., to impart his candid answers to a range of questions.   After reading, you will be more more informed on the well-respected reputation that Mr. Walsh carries.

1. What do you like most about being an employment lawyer?

I enjoy getting tangible results for my clients and being involved in an area of law that affects everybody every day.

2. What is the most important issue to you of being an advocate?

One of the most important issues to me as an advocate is to not only zealously represent my clients, but also the law.

3. What kind of clients do you like best?

I like the clients that I am able to help who were not able to find help elsewhere.  On a couple of occasions now, a client has told me that my firm is the first one that has listened to his or her issue and offered any kind of assistance.

4. What do you think is the most important part of a good case?

The client.  If the client is not invested, then the other side won’t take it seriously and neither will the jury.

5. What labor and employment issues do you think are currently trending?

The biggest employment discrimination issues I see right now are related to age, disability, and pregnancy discrimination.  For some reason, these types of discrimination seem to be acceptable to employers.  The other issues right now are minimum wage and overtime pay.

6. Who is your favorite Supreme Court Justice?

Justice William Brennan.

7. What would you say to HR of a company about how to treat employees?

It would be to listen to your employees.  Most employees are not looking to sue when he or she goes to Human Resources.  These employees are sincerely looking for help.  Nothing makes an employee seek legal counsel like when he or she complains about something and HR starts investigating the employee instead of the complaint.

8. Besides Rob Wiley, P.C., what is the most interesting job that you have had?

The most interesting job I’ve had is working as an extra in film and television.  I should have known that I was destined to be a lawyer at that point because two of my biggest gigs were the TV show “Boston Legal” and the film Charlie Wilson’s War.

9. What is your favorite food?

Meat pies.  I first discovered them when I studied abroad in undergrad.  I can’t believe these have not caught on in the U.S. because they are brilliant.

10. What’s the best part of living in Austin?

All of the outdoor festivals.  And the Longhorns.

Colin W. Walsh is a Trial Attorney in the Austin office of Rob Wiley, P.C.  He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in theatre in 2006.  Mr. Walsh then graduated from The University of Texas School of Law with honors in 2011.