On this episode of The Small Business, Big Deal Podcast, we talk with Eric Weslander, a litigator and partner at Stevens & Brand.
Eric is a former journalist who uses his investigative, storytelling and problem-solving skills to advocate for clients. His clients have included journalists, news organizations, publishers, high school and junior high students, hotels, manufacturers and hospitals.
“I have a lot of interest in media law,” Eric said. “I think there’s a lot happening there right now.”
He became interested in law while covering courts as a journalist and getting to know the attorneys.
“It seemed like a natural thing for me to do,” he said. “I had some attorneys I wanted to emulate.”
Before joining Stevens & Brand, Eric practiced law for nearly seven years with Lathrop & Gage in Kansas City and worked as a law clerk for the Hon. John W. Lungstrum of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas.
In today’s podcast, Eric talks more about why he became an attorney, the overwhelming feeling of happiness he had winning a case for a client, how he incorporates technology in his job and why he is so aggressive about protecting his personal time.
You can listen to the full interview or use the timestamps below to jump to a specific segment. Thanks for listening!
[1:31] – Eric’s background
[4:59] – Why he changed careers
[6:14] – What area of law is most interesting
[11:44] – How cases are distributed to lawyers
[13:08] – How he is more efficient
[13:58] – Technology he uses
[20:38] – How failure set him up for success
[23:00] – Best compliment he’s ever received
[25:53] – Finding a work-life balance
[29:26] – Most worthwhile investments
[30:40] – Advice for young professionals
[32:06] – One word to describe his success
“If I were to go back at every stage of my career and look at what I had done in terms of how I phrased something in a motion or how I said something in court, I probably would find something that I wish I would have done differently, but I guess I would like to think that’s a good sign that I’m learning.”