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Paragon Pages - Spring 2010
Brad Arington, J.D./M.D.

Life Prior to Paragon: Fenwick & West; Intel Capital; Intel Corporation. J.D. from NYU, M.D. from University of Virginia.

What Brad is Working on at Paragon: Variety of transactional matters at McKesson, the world's largest healthcare company, headquartered in San Francisco.

What He Does for Fun: As if having a J.D. and M.D. aren't enough, Brad's also a concert pianist. Really. He has won several national amateur piano competitions.

Favorite Composer? Why? "Schubert. I've played quite a bit of Schubert's music: the Impromptus, the Wanderer Fantasy, several Piano Sonatas and some of the chamber works with piano. I also love his songs, the Symphonies, the String Quartets and the Masses, especially No. 5 in E Flat. I think that if he'd lived longer (he was only 31 when he died) that he would have had as great an influence on the direction of classical music as Beethoven or Mozart. In the last months of his life he'd begun studying counterpoint and composed the three monumental posthumous Sonatas, among dozens of other works. In my view, Beethoven wasn't doing anything quite at that scale at the same age."

Why Brad Became an Attorney Instead of a Doctor: "This is a question that I get a lot. From an early age, I had a knack for math and science and a career as a medical doctor seemed like a natural choice. However, when I got to medical school, I found that biological sciences weren't really what I found most interesting and I lacked a passion for the practice of medicine that I'd observed in my classmates that I thought would be the best doctors. When I started looking around at other careers, I liked the analytical approach to problem solving in the practice of law."

What Brad Reads to Stay Current on Legal Issues: Law firm blogs with subject matter experts in the areas that he deals with most.

Non-law Books He is Reading Right Now: John Updike The Early Stories (1953-1975); Janet Browne Darwin's Origin of Species: A Biography; Sarah Ruhl The Clean House and Other Plays.

Why the Paragon Model? "I was referred to Paragon by a friend who's the general counsel of a public company in the Bay Area when I was looking to pick up work during a transition period in my career. I'd talked with a couple of other companies in the area at the time and was most impressed by the caliber of clients on Paragon's roster. The quality of work that I've gotten through Paragon has more than exceeded my expectations and Paragon and its attorneys are very highly regarded."

A Mecedes, or a Year of UC Law School Tuition?

A Mecedes, or a Year of UC Law School Tuition? The price of legal education is soaring, with UC Hastings College of the Law poised to become the most expensive law school in the state in the proposed California university system budget. Other UC law schools are not far behind. The projected out-of-state tuition for 2012-2013 at Berkeley Law, Boalt Hall is more than (gulp) $57,000.

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Why Depressed People Make Great Lawyers

Bummed out? That's actually good news. A recent Australian study found that people in a negative mood paid more attention to their surroundings than happier people, who were more likely to simply believe anything they were told. According to the study, "sadness promotes information-processing strategies best suited to dealing with more demanding situations." Negative people were also better at stating their case through written arguments and less likely to make mistakes when recalling an event they witnessed.

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Apparently depression was a great thing for Darwin:

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What's New at Paragon

Introducing Paragon's new website.

Check us out on the front page of the San Francisco Business Times.

We welcome new clients Apple Inc. and Atmel Corporation, San Jose-based designer and manufacturer of microcontrollers.

Paragon proudly announces its acceptance into the Northern California Minority Supplier Development Council, an organization promoting diversity in the marketplace.

Founder and Managing Attorney Mae O'Malley speaks to a sold-out audience at Stanford's Entrepreneurship Week.


Parting Ways from Partnership

An ABA Journal story reports that law firm partnership is not the brass ring it once was for young attorneys. With ever-increasing two-tiered partnerships, many longtime lawyers are slated into non-equity status, breeding increased competition for fewer equity partnership spots. Job security is no more, with unprofitable partners often asked to leave big firms. This affects the attrition rate for lawyers at all levels, something law firm clients aren't happy about. At the same time, alternative firm models like Paragon continue to grow at a strong pace.

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Law Flicks

National Jurist Magazine recently published its list of the top 20 movies every law student should see, based on an informal survey of law professors. Making the cut: Kramer vs. Kramer, Erin Brockovich, The Firm, My Cousin Vinny and, of course, To Kill a Mockingbird.

12 Angry Men "The psychological impact of some of these films can become an inspiration for those going into law, and at the same time show the way things can be – the stress and frustration of handling clients and attention to detail in cases," according to the story.

To see if Legally Blonde or your favorite film made the list, visit
20 Must-See Legal Movies.