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Lawyer Spotlight: Kirby McDonough

How many states or countries have you lived in?
3 states - Texas, California, and Florida

What is your favorite drink?
Liquor - Old Fashioned
Wine - Papillon, Orin Swift Vineyards
Beer - Pliny the Elder, Russian River Brewing Co.
Every day - coffee (and one of the above)

What is your favorite month?
December.

What inspires you?
My family. 

If you chose a quote to live by, what would it be?
If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.

What is your greatest accomplishment?
My wife and kids, by far.

What has been your most embarrassing experience at Q&B?
Cubs game 2015. That's all I can really say.

What experience at Q&B has been the most fun?
Anytime the attorneys in Tampa get together outside of work it's a good time. I also enjoy client visits. We work hard, and it it's nice to celebrate that hard work with the client.

What advice would you give to a law student?
Nobody really becomes a Sports Lawyer.

What is your greatest professional success?
I'm still on that journey, and I have had many accomplishments along the way. I'll let you know in 20 years.

What class should you have taken in law school?
Commercial Transactions.

Who has given you the best advice about practicing law and what was that advice?
I don't know if there's necessarily one piece of advice. I've had several mentors that I've learned a lot from. All I know is that I knew nothing at the beginning.

What makes you laugh?
Everything. Especially my two daughters. And also the dumb internet.

What is the best thing about Q&B?
The culture and the opportunities for young attorneys to get real experience.

What do you do for fun?
I love to spend time with my kids. If I actually get some free time, golf.  I also enjoy driving to the gym, almost walking inside, and making plans to workout tomorrow.

What is great about working in Tampa?
I lived in Tampa for about 9 years growing up before moving back to Texas. I'm familiar with the city and run in to old friends. It's great for year round golf and the beach is close by. I can't complain.

AssociateLitigation & Dispute ResolutionTampa Office