Episode 55 – Lawyer and Mediator Rob Grant on 40-something years in law and still finding joy
Full confession: this is the podcast in which I finally cry. Yes, my guest this week struck such a chord in me I shed some tears towards the end. Rob Grant is a lawyer and mediator and one of the kindest, most generous people I’ve known. Rob has been a massive influence through my legal career. We’ve known each other for the best part of 20 years and, as a significant mentor to me, I am so grateful to finally have him on the show.
In this episode, Rob shows his natural talent for story telling sharing many moments from his life, from being asked to leave kindergarten on the first day, persistently door-knocking on 80+ firms when he was 18 years old and to get his first job, running late on the first day of work and his inspiring 40 year journey through law. For a man who was told early in his career that he’d be ‘the worst lawyer in Brisbane’, Rob has become an exceptional, knowledgeable, well-respected member of the legal profession.
This episode also sees us discussing things like:
- The changes, highlights and lowlights that Rob has seen within the legal industry throughout his career
- His childhood dream of being an international jewel thief
- Being fired on his first day of working at McDonalds due to his refusal to put on a clown costume (and really, who could blame him?)
- The benefits of having a strong professional network who can support you through the hard times
- How to connect with someone quickly and effectively
- The importance of engaging with clients – especially in mediation
- Learning how to type while doing his master’s
- Rob’s tips on fatherhood, parenthood and marriage
- Advice for young lawyers
- Rob’s Happiness Tips and Challenge!