Q&A with Jason Mizzell, associate
Why did you become an attorney? Who or what inspired you? I have always been a student of history. And often – for better or for worse – lawyers are at the center of some of the most important events in history. No single historical judge or lawyer inspired me to be an attorney but the law always seemed to me a good career choice as I made my way through school because it’s truly a career that can change lives and change our society.
Practice areas at KGR: Litigation, eDiscovery and Technology, Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights
Where are you originally from and where have you worked previously? I am originally from Southern California and grew up in Orange County. I attended college at UCLA but opted for a change in scenery after graduating and moved to Indiana for law school. Since graduating law school, I clerked for Bankruptcy Judge James M. Carr and worked in private practice focusing on both bankruptcy matters and eDiscovery issues before joining KGR.
What do you enjoy about your job and the law? Solving legal problems with practical solutions. This happens frequently in the bankruptcy world, where oftentimes the parties are interested in economic solutions to business problems rather than fighting to the bitter end. But it also applies in the commercial litigation context: sometimes conflict is necessary but often there are ways to avoid conflict, promote business solutions, and get a compromise that allows people and businesses to move forward. It’s helping solve these sorts of problems for clients that I enjoy most.
Favorite activities outside of work: Spending time with my wife and dog. I am also a huge gamer, focusing on conflict simulations and historical games. Well-versed in kung fu movies and action movies generally.