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Meet the Barrister – Steve Vescovo

A periodic Q & A session with a Lewis Thomason (LT) lawyer

LT: When did you decide to become a lawyer?
Steve Vescovo: I intended to be an attorney since I was in junior high.

LT: What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Steve Vescovo: Trying so many jury cases so early in my career. I estimate I have tried over 120 jury trials, all sitting in the first chair, oftentimes, the only chair. While I was still an associate, several insurance clients had enough confidence (or they just weren’t very smart!), to let me try their cases.

LT: What do you enjoy most about being a lawyer?
Steve Vescovo: The most enjoyable aspect of my practice is the freedom I have to set my hours. It is my responsibility to get my work done and I get to determine when I work. I often work late at night when it is very quiet and you can get a lot more work done without any interruptions.

LT: What’s the best lesson you ever learned?
Steve Vescovo: Believe in the jury. The vast majority of times they will get it right. That is why I am often reluctant to waive a jury.

LT: What do you do in your spare time?
Steve Vescovo: I enjoy golf with my family. My brothers, older son and wife all play at the same club so I don’t have any trouble finding a game. And they give me enough strokes so I can be competitive. I also enjoy going to Tiger football and basketball games and going to the Grizzlies games. We are season ticket holders for all 3.

LT: When I was in high school my friends would describe me as ____?
Steve Vescovo: A tall skinny outgoing person.

LT: What was your first job and what did you learn from that experience.
Steve Vescovo: I worked in my father’s grocery store. I grew up understanding the value of hard work if you wanted to get ahead.

Vescovo-S-0768Steve Vescovo is a shareholder in the firm’s Memphis office. His practice areas include employment, product liability, professional liability, transportation and workers’ compensation. He is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, Memphis Bar Association and Tennessee Bar Association.