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An Ace In The Hole

For Colin Walshok, Passion, Discipline, Preparation and Practice Learned On The Course Also Prove To Be a Winning Strategy For Clients.

ProfessionalProfile_2013For San Diego born and raised Colin Walshok, the keys to success as an attorney have proven to parallel many of the strategies he first learned on the golf course. In fact, even his initial passion for helping others to tell their stories, which he now does as an attorney with Wingert, Grebing, Brubaker & Juskie, LLP, can be traced to his love of golf.

After graduating from college, Walshok was working at Torrey Pines Golf Course when an opportunity to work for the non-profit organization Pro Kids Golf Academy presented itself. The organization’s mission: “To challenge underserved youth to excel in life by promoting character development, life-skills, and values through education and the game of golf” appealed to Walshok immediately.

An avid golf player on his way to earning his designation as PGA, Class A member, Walshok was thrilled with the opportunity to work in the sport he loved. However, the rewards he derived from working with the children proved even more gratifying than being on the golf course. “I saw these kids growing through the program.” He recalls listening to the stories of his students, and realizing “I could make a bigger impact if I went to law school and became an advocate for people that needed someone to tell their story.”

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DISCIPLINE & PASSION
When Walshok entered California Western School of Law, he brought his passion for listening to others, a burgeoning love of law, and perhaps most importantly, a strong sense of discipline, into his studies. “I treated law school like a job,” he says. In addition to serving as Associate Writer and Associate Editor of the California Western Law Review/International Law Journal, he was also the recipient of the Brigadier General John R. DeBarr Scholarship for Creative Legal Problem Solving. After clerking for Wingert, Grebing, Brubaker & Juskie, LLP for two years, he earned Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, and was made associate with the firm in 2008.

Today, Walshok’s practice focuses on personal injury cases, business disputes, construction cases and legal malpractice defense work, and he has handled a number of claims on behalf of individual clients who were referred to him—not surprisingly—by people he met through golf. Regardless of whether he’s working for plaintiffs or the defense, he’s found that all of his cases have had personally worthwhile impacts on his life, whether they are high dollar cases or not.

One such plaintiff’s case involved his representation of a sole proprietor who did remediation work and was not paid for the work he provided in cleaning up after the 2007 wildfires. “My client was told that the owner’s insurance company did not pay the owner as much as expected and therefore my client was not going to be paid what he was promised. We learned in discovery that the owner was in fact paid what he was owed. Upon discovery of this information, we were able to reach a quick settlement. My client felt vindicated in that he was paid what he was owed, and the money made a significant difference for him as a sole proprietor,” Walshok says.

PREPARATION AND PRACTICE
Of course, in law, just as in golf, it’s not enough to be passionate and disciplined. Winning requires a great deal of preparation and practice, and Walshok embraces both strategies. “Knowing the law and knowing the facts will obviously give you a leg up,” he says. He continues, “I believe you have to be more prepared and have a better understanding of the case than the other side to get your client the best results.”

Regardless of whether he’s looking to improve as an attorney or as a golfer, Walshok knows that relentless practice is imperative. “Being an attorney is a craft and you can learn so much from watching other attorneys in action. I have learned a great deal from the attorneys I work with on cases at our firm-including the value of being patient, and not reacting but instead relying upon the laws and facts to tell the story.” Moreover, Walshok acknowledges that he’s learned “from attorneys that I have gone up against on matters, and from simply handling numerous matters in my first five years as a lawyer.”

As Walshok looks towards the future, it’s not surprising that plans to continue to blend his passions of golf and law are already in the works. Walshok was a recent presenter at the Club Managers Association of America’s International Conference with Attorney Chris Todd on the topic “Squaring the Match: Club Equality in the 21st Century.” The presentation focused on relevant case law throughout the country that analyzed the scope of the right to freedom of association at private clubs.

Walshok is also admittedly excited about the fact that Wingert, Grebing, Brubaker & Juskie “is in the process of developing a niche golf practice in which we represent golf professionals, golf courses, and members of the golf industry with a wide variety of issues, including: premises liability issues, employment law disputes, and general best practices.”

If the measure of success is one’s ability to do what they love and earn a living doing it, Colin Walshok is by all accounts an exemplary example of success. Remaining focused on the strategies of passion, discipline, preparation and practice that have served him so well in both the courtroom and on the course, his dreams of “taking on larger cases and continuing to seek the best results for my clients in an efficient and effective manner,” are bound to come to fruition.

Contact:

Colin Walshok
cwalshok@wingertlaw.com | 619-232-8151

Wingert Grebing Brubaker & Juskie LLP
600 West Broadway, Suite 1200 | San Diego, CA 92101 | www.wingertlaw.com

Karen Gorden

Karen Gorden is a Staff Writer for Attorney Journal.

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