Andrew C. Hall, managing partner of Miami’s Hall, Lamb, Hall & Leto, P.A., reflects on his storied career and his firm’s bright future.
What sets your firm apart? “Our firm provides clients with outstanding representation in each phase of resolving a legal dispute. A lot of attorneys talk about track records, but what sets us apart is that we have taken on the best and largest firms in America – and won. As National Law Journal has described, our firm punches far above its weight class and is equipped to take on any case, anywhere in the country.”
What is a memorable case that has helped shape or inspire your career? “It all started with Watergate. I was only 29 years old when I defended John D. Ehrlichman, a senior advisor to President Nixon, in the Watergate trials. Not only did this give me the opportunity to play a significant role in two of the largest trials in U.S. history at a very young age, it crystallized for me how essential lawyers are to the very core of our democracy. It also set me on a path toward representing plaintiffs whose rights have been violated – and using the courtroom as an instrument for changing laws that are unconstitutional.”
What is the best part about practicing in South Florida? “As far as I am concerned, this community is the greatest place in America. But what makes Miami so special is that it is a place where you can advance as far and as fast as your skills will let you. It doesn’t matter who your parents or grandparents are. It only matters who you are and how hard you are willing to work.”
What inspired you to go into law? “It was a complete accident that I ended up in the legal profession, a path which began serendipitously after a night of drinking in college. My fraternity brothers thought it would be funny to wake me up the next morning and take me with them to the LSAT. Before I knew it, I had a No. 2 pencil in hand, and admission to the University of Florida’s law school shortly thereafter. Because of those series of events, I began reexamining my strengths and weaknesses, and concluded that I was indeed more suited to be a lawyer than anything else.”
What is something surprising that people might not know about you or your firm? “Our firm has a tough exterior but a big heart, something that has been inspired in me by my wonderful and kind wife, Gail Meyers. We pay a lot of attention to giving back, and in ways that are often not publicly visible.”
Hall, Lamb, Hall & Leto, P.A., 2665 South Bayshore Drive, Penthouse One, Miami; 305-374-5030; hlhlawfirm.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.