Meet the Barrister – Mikel Towe
A periodic Q & A session with a Lewis Thomason (LT) lawyer
Lewis Thomason: When did you decide to become a lawyer?
Mikel Towe: When I was in my third year at UT studying for a BA in History. At the time, I thought I wanted to be a football coach and a history teacher, but decided to start looking into other careers. I ended up trying out law school. Not many things you can do with a History degree.
Lewis Thomason: What is your favorite (or most common) way to procrastinate on the internet?
Mikel Towe: I generally waste my time on Volquest looking at the latest recruiting and team news.
Lewis Thomason: What was your first job and what did you learn from that experience?
Mikel Towe: My first job was a bag boy at Food City. Taught me that I did not want to bag groceries and listen to customer complaints the rest of my life.
Lewis Thomason: What is your favorite thing to do in Knoxville?
Mikel Towe: There is nothing better than waking up on a Saturday morning game day in Knoxville. Going down to campus, tailgating with friends prior to the game, and watching the Vols play.
Lewis Thomason: What is the one thing you couldn’t live without?
Mikel Towe: Lunch.
Lewis Thomason: What is something that is popular now that annoys you?
Mikel Towe: The use of the “Reply All” button.
Lewis Thomason: What’s the first thing you do after work?
Mikel Towe: Usually either go for a run, start dinner, or grab beers with some of my buddies.
Lewis Thomason: What is the one thing you will never do again?
Mikel Towe: The vending machine challenge…
Lewis Thomason: What famous person do you admire and why?
Mikel Towe: Derek Jeter. I hate the Yankees, but Jeter was a great teammate. He never embarrassed his team. He was never caught up in any scandals. Just seems like he always did it the right way.
Lewis Thomason: What do you want your legacy to be?
Mikel Towe: After I am gone, I would love for people to say that I was a great husband, (if I am blessed enough to have kids) a great father, and that I made Knoxville better in some way.
Mikel Towe is an associate in the firm’s Knoxville office practicing in the areas of employment law, insurance defense, personal injury, landlord/tenant law, and general civil litigation. Mr. Towe graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2013. Since graduating from law school, Mr. Towe has gained significant experience defending clients in various court proceedings and trials throughout East Tennessee. Born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Mr. Towe earned his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in 2010 from the University of Tennessee, where he majored in history and minored in geography.