Monday Profile: Scott Grabel

 Scott Grabel was born and raised in Atlantic City. After graduating from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 1991 with a degree in accounting, he moved to Lansing to attend the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, graduating with honors in 1994.

Grabel worked first with the Michigan Court of Appeals Prehearing Department, and then as a staff attorney for a national law firm, where he was promoted as regional director of attorneys for four states and found his passion for criminal defense law.
 
In 1999 he resigned in order to start his own firm, Grabel & Associates in East Lansing, with a sole dedication to criminal defense. Grabel supports the Access to Justice Fund, The Innocence Project and Proving Innocence, a Michigan based organization fighting to free the wrongly convicted. 
 
In his spare time, Grabel enjoys spending time with his children, playing all types of sports, and working towards obtaining his private pilot license.
 
By Jo Mathis
Legal News
 
Residence:  Williamston.
 
Currently reading: Men’s Journal, Men’s Fitness, “The Champion” and The Michigan Bar Journal.    
 
What is your most treasured material possession? My sports memorabilia. 
 
What advice do you have for someone considering law school? “Be prepared. It’s a very competitive job market and there may not be many opportunities for employment.” 
 
If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you be? A doctor.
 
Favorite local hangouts: The Meridian Mall.
 
Favorite websites: cnet.com, espn.com and gamespot.com.
 
Your proudest moment as a lawyer? Getting a client I knew was innocent acquitted of a rape charge.
 
Your worst moment as a lawyer? When a client goes to jail or receives a sentence that I feel is too harsh in relation to the charges.
 
What is your happiest childhood memory? Going on the boardwalk in south New Jersey with my family.
 
Which things do you not like to do? Paperwork. 
 
What would surprise people about your job? The number of phone calls I make in a day and the amount of paperwork that is generated during the course of my job.
 
What do you wish someone would invent? A cure for cancer.
 
If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would that be? The starting quarterback during the Super Bowl.
 
What’s the most awe-inspiring place you have visited? Big Sur, California.
 
What’s your greatest achievement? Starting my law firm.
 
If you could have one super power, what would it be? The ability to go back in time.
 
What would you say to your 16-year-old self? “Buy stock in Apple!”
 
What one thing do you wish people knew about your work? How satisfying it can be.
 
Must-see TV: “The Blacklist,” “The Chase,” “Shark Tank,” “Pawn Stars” and all sporting events.
 
What word do you overuse? “Certainly.”
 
What’s one thing you would like to learn to do? Fly an airplane.
 
What is something most people don't know about you? That I have a great sense of humor.
 
If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, who would they be? Joe Montana, Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs.
 
Can’t-live-without technology: My cell phone and TV.
 
Favorite CD: I like listening to hard rock and music from the early 80s.
 
Favorite law-related movie: “The Verdict,” “The Runaway Jury” and “The Lincoln Lawyer.”
 
What place won’t you return if you can help it? The Secretary of State.
 
What do you drive? A Lexus LS460.
 
What would you drive if money were no object? A Ferrari.
 
Favorite place to spend money: The mall.
 
Where would you like to be when you’re 90? Hopefully alive…and in Florida.
 
 

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