When Mike Lynn turned 40, he seemingly had everything going his way. He was a partner in the litigation section at Akin Gump, a prestigious law firm that was home to Robert Strauss, Vernon Jordan, Jack Hauer and Alan Feld.
Despite the success, Lynn told his mentor, Jim Coleman, that he wanted to be in court more often and that he was growing tired of Big Law. Coleman suggested he quit and start his own law firm.
“That’s a bit drastic, don’t you think?” Lynn responded.
Even so, he decided to take the enormous risk. More than two and a half decades later, Lynn has one of the most successful litigation boutiques in Texas. The firm has nearly 30 lawyers and has been hired by some of the largest corporations on earth to handle their trial work, including ExxonMobil, Alcatel, Visa and Southwest Airlines.