Lawyer Spotlight: Jake Bradley
How many states or countries have you lived in? – 3, Michigan, Georgia, and Indiana
What is your favorite drink? – Any vintage of Ridge Lytton Springs wine (a mostly Zinfandel blend from northern Sonoma County, CA).
What is your favorite month? – April. I enjoy shaking off the last remnants of winter and enjoying spring blooms (it’s also the month my wife and I got married).
What inspires you? – While the feeling of accomplishing a goal inspires me, I’ve learned that there is much to be enjoyed and learned in the process.
If you chose a quote to live by, what would it be? – It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit. ~ Harry Truman
What is your greatest accomplishment? – Completing Ironman Louisville in 2014.
What has been your most embarrassing experience at Q&B? – My first day on the job, when I didn’t recognize Lisa, our office manager, even though I had met her previously.
What experience at Q&B has been the most fun? – Leaving the office early on a random Friday to grab drinks with my coworkers.
What advice would you give to a law student? – Get to know your classmates (and keep up with them). Also, don’t take it too seriously. You can have a lot of fun in law school while maintaining excellent grades.
What is your greatest professional success? - I’ve been involved in several cases that had a massive, positive impact on our clients’ personal lives. Watching a person battle through an addiction or terrible circumstances they were forced into is amazing, and I’ve been lucky enough to help several such people resolve prior legal issues so they could continue to grow.
What class should you have taken in law school? – UCC Article 2.
Who has given you the best advice about practicing law and what was that advice? – Melanie Margolin, General Counsel at Wabash National Corporation – my paraphrase: Pick up the phone. You can accomplish a lot more in a single phone call than you can in 10 emails.
What makes you laugh? – My three daughters. They are each funny in their own way and know how to cheer me up quickly.
What is the best thing about Q&B? – Getting to work with people I truly consider friends.
What do you do for fun? – I enjoy training for and participating in triathlons and long-distance running events.
What is great about working in (your city)? – Indianapolis is America’s sports capital. Aside from hosting the largest single-day sporting event in the world—the Indianapolis 500, the Greatest Spectacle in Racing—Indy is capable of hosting any sporting event. Our downtown is walkable, providing easy access to a restaurant scene that rivals cities many times its size. We also have a huge craft beer scene and a budding, but formidable, craft spirits scene. There are always multiple things to do every weekend, but the city is still small enough that traffic is not an issue.