Monday Profile: Bradley MeLampy

 Descended from Irish immigrants, Bradley MeLampy was born in Detroit and raised in New Jersey, Indianapolis and Detroit — all at General Motors’ beckon. He is an Indiana University-Bloomington Law grad, and practiced as a litigation attorney in Grand Rapids before settling in Ann Arbor.

MeLampy first practiced in Washtenaw County at Davis & Fajen, P.C., and since 1987, has been a litigation partner with Conlin, McKenney & Philbrick, P.C. 
He helped establish the WCBA’s Law and Justice Foundation Fund, and is currently board chair of the Washtenaw County/EMU Legal Resource Center, whose 10-year Anniversary will be celebrated on Law Day, Sept. 17, 2015.
The Ann Arbor resident and his wife, Elizabeth, have three “endlessly surprising” daughters.
By Jo Mathis
Legal News
 
What is your most treasured material possession? Mick Jones’ (the Clash) guitar strings.
 
How did you acquire those? We snuck backstage and a roadie cut the strings off of Mick Jones’ guitar for us after the show, circa 1984-ish.
 
What advice do you have for someone considering law school? Talk to three lawyers first: a new one, one five years out and one 30 years out.
 
Favorite local hangouts: Paesano; Meri Lou Murray Rec Center.
 
Favorite websites: MSN; Snopes.com.
 
What is your happiest childhood memory? The day I was plucked from the Nile.
 
What would surprise people about your job? That I have to take off my belt to get into the Lenawee Circuit Court.
 
What do you wish someone would invent? A universal live and let live solution.
 
What has been your favorite year so far? 1956 – a banner year for me.
 
What is your most typical mood? Always looking on the bright side of life.
 
Why did you become a lawyer? Partly due to my observation, as a youth, that a lawyer was the first of my father’s friends to own a Cadillac.
 
If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would that be? Rande Gerber.
 
What’s the most awe-inspiring place you’ve ever been? St. Joseph Mercy Hospital’s Child Birth Center.
 
What did you do last weekend? Attended my youngest daughter’s Junior Olympics gymnastic meet in Grand Rapids.
 
If you could have one super power, what would it be? The ability to pass through slower traffic.
 
What would you say to your 16-year-old self? Whatever else you do, plan to attend U of M’s Great Books II course, Fall semester, 1986, Lane Hall. Sit in the back and ask for Elizabeth
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What is your proudest moment as a lawyer? One is: helping a widow fight off estate vultures.
 
Favorite joke: Television commentators.
What do you do to relax? Lap swim, and/or Bombay Sapphire-lemon twist-up.
How would you describe your home? Union Station.
 
Any regrets? Probably most of my answers so far.
 
What word do you overuse? “Great.”
 
What is one thing you would like to learn to do? Stay in the fairway.
 
What is something most people don’t know about you? I was in a rock band in law school.
 
If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, who would they be? Any three members of Monty Python.
 
What is the best advice you ever received? Be sure you always stay current by reading The Washtenaw County Legal News!
 
If you can help it, where will you never return? The freeway between Los Angeles and San Diego.
 
What do you drive? An Infiniti G37x.
 
What would you drive if money were no object? A 1968 metallic green Chevy Camaro, white racing stripe, white hardtop vinyl roof, 398 cc’s, chrome rocker covers, fiber optics, console shifter, red pinstripe sidewalls. **Sigh**
 
Favorite place to spend money: Baccarat table, Monte Carlo.
 
What is your motto? The “Silver” Rule.
 
What would you like carved onto your tombstone? “So long, and thanks for all the fish.”
 

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