IB Member Spotlight: Christopher T. Nace

Christonacepher T. Nace
Paulson & Nace, PLLC
Washington, D.C.

Five Fast Facts —

One thing most people don’t know about you. I have run in six marathons — and enjoyed each and every one of them.

Outside of law, what other profession would you have chosen? Baseball coach. I played for two years while attending Georgetown University.

Favorite blog or magazine to read. Rolling Stone.

Favorite weekend activity or vacation spot. Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Favorite sports team. Washington Redskins


You are a bit of a legacy when it comes to trial law…

CN: Yes, I grew up around trial lawyers. My dad (Barry Nace, former president of the American Association for Justice) has 40+ years of experience, so you can imagine how many trial lawyer conventions I attended. As I grew older, it just made sense for me to follow that path and I decided to attend law school. I, along with my brothers, later joined his practice.

You earned both your MBA and law degree from Emory University. What’s the importance of this upper level education?

CN: Having a law degree will provide you with tons of options and I do encourage it. A law degree will help you to look at a problem from a macro perspective and dissect the issue. On the other hand, an MBA will provide you with a set of tools you will use to run your business effectively and efficiently.

This is important because when it comes down to it, law firms are small businesses. Both types of education give you different perspectives that will help in growing your firm. Some educational institutions, such as Emory, offer four-year programs through which you can receive both an MBA and a law degree and they are very beneficial.

Like other IB members, you’re very involved in your local community. Why do think this is important to members and the overall success of the group?

CN: We were taught from a young age how important it is to lend a helping hand in the community. As trial lawyers, we help people on a day-to-day basis, but we sometimes forget to help the community as a whole. The Injury Board continuously reminds us how important philanthropy is and encourages us to give back year-round. The continuous involvement of IB members in these events makes for great success for the group as a whole.

What value has IB membership brought your firm since joining?

CN: The Injury Board has provided our firm with a number of valuable benefits since joining. The first is a community of great people doing things for the right reasons. All of the members are very supportive of one another and everybody pitches in to add their own unique value. We are also continuously using our membership to learn how to improve all management aspects of our firm.

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