IB Member Spotlight: Steve Watrel

steveSteve Watrel
Steve Watrel P.A.
Jacksonville, FL
http://www.stevewatrel.com/

 

5 Fast Facts:

Favorite sports team. Syracuse Orange

Spot on the weekends. I enjoy spending time with my kids hiking and biking. They are 7 and 13.

Business tip for young professionals. Set goals and think big. Don’t settle.

3 words about you: Loyal, committed, happy

Favorite book: “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. This book will help you take control of your life and make the positive changes needed to be successful.

 

 

 

What was it that initially drove you to become a trial lawyer and what would you say is your favorite part about the profession?

SW: I originally started out as a tax lawyer and proceeded to work for a litigation firm and really enjoyed it. I enjoyed the autonomy and I like helping people with legitimate issues. If somebody is wronged and needs a lawyer, I enjoy being there to help them. It bothers me when positions of power take advantage of people, most notably nursing homes.

 

You started your career working for one of Jacksonville’s largest firms and eventually ended up starting your own. Why did you decide to make this entrepreneurial move?

SW: Well, either I was going to jump on with another firm or I could step out to become a real lawyer. I felt as if it was the right time, I had nothing to lose and I saw an opportunity that ended up working out great. I essentially cut out the associate track and it forced me to become sharp very quickly.

Throughout the process I realized that nobody is responsible other than yourself. There is no doubt that it gets hard and is a difficult process. You need to love what you do and need to be doing it for the right reasons. People who get into this business just for money don’t have the commitment when things get tough and people can end up seeing right through you.

 

Like other IB members, you’re very involved in your local community, most recently COLOR ME RAD for the Special Olympics. Tell us about your firm’s community involvement and why it is important for trial lawyers.

SW: This event is a 5K where they have you run through many different “color stations.” It raises money for the Special Olympics and it is a lot of fun. Everybody always has a blast and we raise a ton of money for a good cause. It is a win-win on all levels.

I feel as if I have been given a huge benefit in life and with that comes the responsibility to help others. If everyone gave one hour a week to help a cause we wouldn’t need so many government benefits. We are blessed and it is our duty to pay it forward.

 

How do you value your membership with Injury Board?

JH: I value that IB always provides us with someone to talk to no matter the issue. Whenever we have a complicated marketing issue, the IB marketers have the talent and understand what we do. IB is very familiar with our business and can provide new and innovative services within our profession.

We, as a group, have a clear understanding of what we want to accomplish, and continue to practice. We understand that you cannot learn everything, you cannot do everything perfectly and there never seems to be enough money but you keep going and pushing forward. You need people around you that you can trust, and we have found that with The Injury Board.

 

If you would like to be featured in an IB member spotlight, please contact Braden Kowalski at bkowalski@injuryboard.org

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