10 Questions with…

Immediate Past President of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Gordon Glover

What is your name?
Gordon Glover

What is your current job?
I am the owner of the Glover Law Firm, with offices in Ocala and The Villages.

What was your first job?
I worked as a construction laborer the summer between my sophomore and junior year of high school.

How do you do your best work?
Early in the morning after a cup of coffee or in the evening after a run/workout.

Any family?
My wife, Ashley, and I are the proud parents of 4 year old boy/girl twins, Bennett & Elsa.

Any tips for balancing work and family?
While work is important, it is equally important to spend time with family and allocate time to yourself (to workout, read a book, relax, etc.).  It has been my experience that if you do not carve out time everyday for yourself and family, your work will suffer.

Any funny stories or teachable moments from when you were a brand-new lawyer?
I remember being chastised by the managing partner of the firm during my first week as a new lawyer for not wearing socks with loafers.  He sat me down and said, “Gordon, we are not in Palm Beach.  We wear socks in Ocala.”  I always get a laugh out of that.

Pet peeve or unprofessional behavior you have seen in the legal profession?
Too many to name.

Favorite way for a young lawyer to get involved?
There are countless ways for a young lawyer to get involved.  In fact, there are hundreds of voluntary bar associations throughout Florida, as well as over 70 Florida Bar committees and 25 sections (check out floridabar.org and flayld.org).  They all offer wonderful networking and mentorship opportunities for young lawyers.  But if you are a young lawyer and do not know where to begin, my recommendation would be to start with your local bar association and/or practice area section.  Reach out to a board member.  Go to a meeting or social event.  They want young lawyers involvement!

Best advice for young lawyers?
1) Follow your passions.  2) Watch and learn from experienced lawyers. 3) Take risks.