Monday Profile: Michael Carroll

 Mike Carroll is husband to Theresa Carroll, an attorney “in recovery” (not practicing), and dad to Jacob, 12, who runs cross country and is an avid gamer, and Evelyn Noelle, 10, who was born on Halloween, and loves animals. 

Carroll is a construction lawyer at Kerr, Russell and Weber, PLC, the firm he joined after graduating from the University of Michigan Law School 19 years ago.
By Jo Mathis
Legal News
Residence:  Ann Arbor.
Currently reading: Michael Connelly, E.L. Doctorow, Civil War histories
My mother always told me …  “Wear clean underwear in case you get hit by a car and have to go to the hospital.”
What is your most treasured material possession? My hockey sticks.
What advice do you have for someone considering law school?  It can be very rewarding; but if you are not sure you want to be a lawyer, it is an awful lot of debt to take on.
If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you be?  English teacher.
Favorite local hangouts:  Dominick's, Law Library, U-M Golf Course, Knight's.
Your proudest moment(s) as a lawyer? Winning a trial for a friend, which allowed him to keep a bed and breakfast that had been in his family for years.
What is your happiest childhood memory? Playing catch with my dad.
Which things do you not like to do?  Respond to interrogatories, only slightly less than I like propounding them.
What would surprise people about your job?  People can never believe that “construction law” is an actual practice area.
What’s your greatest achievement?  Marrying my wife Theresa — I over-achieved.
What would you say to your 16-year-old self?  “Don’t drive so fast.”
What one thing do you wish people knew about your work?  How much I care about it.
Favorite joke:  Q.  What is blue and smells like red paint?  A.  Blue paint!
Must-see TV:  “House of Cards” and “The Wire.”
What’s your biggest regret?  I wish I had used the pass/fail option more in college.
First gig:  Paperboy, then caddying.
What’s one thing you would like to learn to do?  Fly a plane.
What is something most people don’t know about you?  I am the youngest of seven kids.
Favorite movie: “Apocalypse Now.”
If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, who would they be?  Ernest Hemingway, George Harrison, and Alfred Hitchcock.
Who is your favorite character of fiction?  The protagonist in “For Whom the Bell Tolls.”
What’s the best advice you ever received?  You should always have a plan; the plan can change, but you should always have one.
What place won’t you return if you can help it?  Daytona Beach for spring break/motorcycle week.
What do you drive? What would you drive if money were no object?  I drive a Chevy Malibu, or our minivan.  I always wanted a Jaguar growing up — complete with the cool hood ornament.
Favorite law-related movie:  I like movies with a twist, such as “Primal Fear” with Edward Norton, or “Presumed Innocent.”
Favorite place to spend money: Nicola’s; PJ’s Records.
What is your motto?  Life’s been good to me so far (also the title of my favorite song).
Where would you like to be when you’re 90?  With my wife, near my kids, and near a golf course.


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