MEET THE BARRISTER – LARRY GIORDANO
A periodic Q & A session with a Lewis Thomason (LT) lawyer
LT: What do you want your legacy to be?
Larry Giordano: Do you know something that I don’t know? Well, when it’s my time – and I’m not ready just yet – I hope people will think I was a good father and grandfather, a loyal friend and a respected lawyer..
LT: What has been your greatest challenge as an attorney?
Larry Giordano: Taking action despite uncertainty. I like to be sure about issues and the law doesn’t always accommodate that preference.
LT: What motivates you?
Larry Giordano: A desire to serve others and the sense that I can help someone solve a problem.
LT: What’s the best advice you ever received?
Larry Giordano: That’s easy. My parents simply told me to be myself and to do my best.
LT: What book is on your bedside table (or on your e-reader)?
Larry Giordano: You don’t really think that I have an e-reader, do you? There isn’t just one. The books that come to mind quickest are Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham, The Man to See by Evan Thomas, Gideon’s Trumpet by Anthony Lewis, and of course, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
LT: What is the first think you do after work?
Larry Giordano: I have been known to make an occasional stop at Clancy’s Tavern & Whisky House with Fields before heading home to play with my dogs before dinner.
LT: What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
Larry Giordano: The music of the Italian masters: Enrico, Luciano and Francis.
LT: When I was in high school, my friends would describe me as:
Larry Giordano: “First, as an outsider, later as a friend. I was an unknown kid from Buffalo’s North Side admitted as a freshman to an upscale, all boys, college prep school where virtually all of the other students had been classmates since the fifth grade. I learned to blend.
Shareholder, Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediator, and law firm director Larry Giordano engages in a statewide practice based in Lewis Thomason’s Knoxville office. He is a member and co-chair of both the firm’s Education Law and Health Care Practice Groups. He concentrates the balance of his practice in the areas of business, commercial and complex litigation. With 35 years of practice, his diverse experience includes an unusually wide range of legal issues, both litigation and transactional. He has significant criminal defense experience and has defended multiple cases with simultaneous civil and criminal proceedings. In addition, Mr. Giordano has substantial appellate experience and has argued before the Tennessee Supreme Court, Tennessee Court of Appeals, Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.