Monday Profile: Craig Pollard

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Ann Arbor resident Craig Pollard works in the legal department at AAA Michigan and is a senior trial attorney at Hom, Killeen, Siefer, Arene & Hoehn, in Detroit.

The Detroit College of Law graduate was admitted to the practice of law in 1978, and worked for the Washtenaw  County Public Defender’s office before his first stint with AAA Michigan. He then worked with Logeman, Iafrate & Pollard in Ann Arbor before returning to AAA. 

He and his wife have been married for 32 years. In his spare time, he enjoys golf and spending time with his daughters.

 

 

By Jo Mathis

Legal News
 
Currently reading: … I am still attempting to plow through “A Feast for Crows” by George R. R. Martin.
 
What advice do you have for someone considering law school? Law school is a lot of hard work and you should be certain it is something you want to do before committing to it. It can be expensive, is time consuming and can be very stressful. I would also suggest that he or she figure out where you want to practice and go to school in that vicinity, if possible.
 
If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you be? Before deciding to go to law school I was studying to be a marine biologist. It was my intention to work in that field and, although I enjoy what I do, sometimes I still second guess my decision to change directions.
 
Favorite local hangouts: Sidetrack in Ypsilanti.
 
What is something most people don’t know about you? When I was 19 years old I was paralyzed in a car accident. I spent three months in a hospital but was fortunate enough to regain the use of my arms and legs.
 
Your proudest moment as a lawyer? The day I was sworn in as an attorney and my family was able to be there.
 
Your worst moment as a lawyer? Every time I lost a trial.
 
What is your happiest childhood memory? Camping all around the country in our small travel trailer. I got to visit almost all of our national parks and saw a great deal of the country, while spending a great deal of time with my family.
 
Which things do you not like to do?  My taxes and shoveling snow.
 
What do you wish someone would invent? A way to be in two places at once.
 
What’s the most awe-inspiring place you have visited? Either St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome, or the Grand Canyon. One is one of nature’s best creations and the other is one of, at least in my opinion, man’s.
 
What’s your greatest achievement?  Helping my wife raise two wonderful and independent daughters.
 
If you could have one super power, what would it be? It would be very interesting to be able to become invisible. The things you could find out.
 
What would you say to your 16-year-old self? “When you get to the fork in the road, take it, and see where it leads.”
 
What one thing do you wish people knew about your work? That—for the most part—I try not to make it too adversarial.
 
What’s your biggest regret? After graduating from college, I had the opportunity to help crew a yacht travelling from Los Angeles to New York and turned it down because I had just started a job.
 
What’s one thing you would like to learn to do? I’d like to learn to sing in tune.  Unfortunately, that is very unlikely.
 
If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, who would they be? Paul Simon, Richard Pryor and my father.
 
Can’t-live-without technology: Sirius radio in my car. I do a lot of driving and it makes the trips more enjoyable.
 
Favorite law-related movie “12 Angry Men.”
 
What’s the best advice you ever received? To always remember that life is what you make of it. 
 
If you can help it, where will you never return? 36th District Court.
 
What do you drive? A Ford Escape.
 
What would you drive if money were no object? A Ford Escape, but a new one.
 
Favorite place to spend money: “Up north” while hanging out at the family condo in the Leelanau Peninsula.
 
Where would you like to be when you're 90? Anywhere above ground.
 

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