Career Profiles

Timothy A. Lambirth, ‘78

Partner, Marcin Lambirth LLP

Timothy A. Lambirth, ‘78

What do you do?
I have a general civil practice were I specialize in business, commercial, civil and real estate transactions and disputes. Over my 30+ years of practice I have represented Fortune 500 companies like Bank Of America and Wells Fargo Bank, to mom-and-pop operations and individuals, and have handled over 100 trials, 20 of which were before juries. I do everything from counseling startups, incorporating, creating LLC’s, drafting contracts, and initiating and defending lawsuits involving business and property disputes.

What excites you most about your job?
I get tremendous satisfaction from being able to help people. Often times when I first meet with the client they have had difficulty sleeping and have, what they perceived to be, major legal problems. It is gratifying after some point in my representation when I can see the stress and pressure be taken from their shoulders and their problems become just mere big bumps in their road of life rather than insurmountable hurdles.

How did your experience at Whittier Law School prepare you for this job?
Because I had taken every class that might conceivably result in a question on the bar exam, I had a very broad and thorough knowledge as to numerous areas of law. My researching and writing classes taught me how to approach issues, roll up my sleeves and figure out how to make sense out of some of voluminous statutes, treatises, and other books available to attorneys so that I was not intimidated by them. My clients had problems and the answers lay somewhere in my research. Whittier gave me confidence in my abilities to research, analyze and develop a winning strategy for each case.

Do you have any advice for those seeking employment in your industry?
Don’t forget how to talk and relate to people. Don’t come out of law school speaking like some erudite barrister. Take every opportunity to speak to people in your daily life in everyday common words, while standing in line at a Starbucks, on an elevator or sitting in the bleachers at a sporting event. These not only may be the jurors, or a representative of jurors, that you may someday be arguing in front of, but they will provide you with insight into the people you will be representing, and how to communicate with them, and who they are. I also suggest that you read extensively. I read three newspapers every morning and finish about one novel every one to two weeks. It provides me with a lot of fodder for the idle chitchat I’ve referenced above and can also be helpful in developing themes and theories of cases as I prepare a matter for trial.