Judge Tim Osterhaus

Judge Osterhaus is pictured with a group of children on a ski hill

Judge Tim Osterhaus, First District Court of Appeals

When in need of a quick recharge I…go for a walk. I have a treadmill desk at work and read briefs, etc. for probably an hour or two each day while ambling along on it.

When I’m feeling stressed I… pray, think, make a plan for what needs to be done to deal with the stressor, and then get to work (or wait it out) as the situation calls for.

I am most productive during the day when I… have a plan (make a list) for what needs to be accomplished.

On a typical Saturday night you will find me… hanging with my family.

My guilty pleasure is… dark chocolate.

If I could go back to when I was a young lawyer and give myself advice, I would say… give each day your best — be thankful, prayerful, intellectually curious, energetic to get the job done well, contemplative; then repeat.

The best way to deal with a difficult colleague or opposing counsel is… be firm on things that matter, but humble, kind, and blameless in the interactions.

The best life lesson I ever learned was… life’s path forward is not always crystal clear, but see Proverbs 3:5-6.

I wish more lawyers… would keep their appellate briefs short and to the point.

If I could travel anywhere in the world right now it would be… April in Washington DC is nice – cherry blossoms!