Manuel Farach, Esq.
Education: Undergrad? Stetson University
Law School? Florida State University College of Law
How long have you been practicing law? Since October 21, 1986.
Why did you want to be an attorney? I enjoy intellectual pursuits and the legal field offers interesting intellectual challenges.
What do you like most about it? Being able to help clients.
What don’t you like? The lack of professionalism sometimes seen in our practices
What are the biggest changes you have seen through the years? The decrease of the historical role bars played in training young lawyers in the practice of law.
How do you define success? When I make my family proud.
Who inspires you? My parents (they escaped Cuba in their late twenties with myself and my sister then re-started their lives from scratch in the United States).
Who has been the most influential person in your career? There are too many to list; all those who have mentored me and those that continue to mentor me.
If you could choose anyone as a mentor, who would you choose? Steve Jobs.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? Integrity is doing the right thing, whether someone is watching or not.
What advice would you give to someone looking to become an attorney? Make sure you learn the many demands that are placed on lawyers and make sure you are able to handle those demands.
If you weren’t an attorney, what would you be doing? Architecture fascinates me.
If you could switch places with someone for a day, who would it be? Elon Musk.
What’s on your bucket list? Qualifying for and racing Kona.
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? Tierra del Fuego.
If you could have dinner with any person, alive, dead or fictional, who would it be and where would you go? I’d have dinner with Justice John Marshall anywhere it was raining.
What is something about you (a fun fact) that not many people don’t know about you? I was captain of my high school bowling team.