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Meet John Pascoe '03
Posted 05/10/2017 04:02PM

Tell us how life has changed since you left SPX.

It feels like it was just last week that I was in high school. Since leaving St. Pius X, I have literally been around the world and back. While in college I studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain and Heredia, Costa Rica. I went to Zimbabwe during the height of their economic collapse. I lived in Washington D.C., Kentucky and Florida. I have traveled to 14 different countries. I became a lawyer and formed my own law firm. I am licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. I was one of the American Lawyers invited to England at the request of the Queen to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. Most importantly, I got engaged and am married to the love of my life.

What college(s) did you attend? What was you major?

I graduated from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth with a bachelor of arts in English and history. For graduate school, I attended Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida, and received a juris doctor and certificate in sports law.

Tell us about The Pascoe Law Firm. What inspired you to start your own firm?

I was given the book The Millionaire Mind. The book explores common environmental and lifestyle factors of the wealthy. One of the sections in the book discussed calculated risk. The author discussed how many self-made millionaires took calculated risks to separate themselves by "betting" on their own success as an entrepreneur. The book caused me to look at my own life and to examine how I could reframe my current situation so that I would be best positioned for long-term success. When I graduated from law school the market place was oversaturated with both young and experienced lawyers. I knew that the traditional law firm structure would not work for me and that there had to be a different way. As a result, I formed the Pascoe Law Firm immediately after I got my bar results. I started with the areas of law that I was knowledgeable about and felt comfortable representing. This transitioned into other areas and subject matters over time. As anyone can see from my website, we handle a wide variety of legal issues. However, we still predominately focus on car and truck accident and DWI cases.

What first interested you in law?

Honestly, I was attracted by the gray. Many want to believe that our laws are black and white. In actuality, a majority of our laws are gray and the answer is somewhere in-between both black and white. A lawyer's job is important because we get to fight for justice by arguing over those gray areas. In a perfect world the answer would be clear on every case. However, we do not live in a perfect world and often times people need a lawyer to help guide them through their problem and argue on their behalf.

What is the best/most rewarding part of your job?

I find it rewarding to help others and to be there for someone during a challenging time. Many of my clients are overwhelmed by their legal situation and need someone to help guide them through the legal process. I try to treat everyone as I would like to be treated. I tell people what they should expect and try to provide a direct answer in a way that they can understand. A lot of people find it refreshing to have their lawyer treat them as a human and not just another case. As a result, I end up becoming friends with a lot of my clients.

What are the biggest challenges of running your own law firm?

The biggest challenge is not having enough time. Running my own law firm has taught me how much my time is worth. I know down to the second how much my time is worth. It is one of the scarcest and most valuable things in this world and it is important to try and use as much as you can wisely. Running my own law firm forces me to juggle a lot of different tasks at the same time. It caused me to become extremely organized and to not put off tasks that can be quickly finished.

What advice would you give current SPX students who are interested in law and starting their own law firm?

Before opening my own law firm I talked with other lawyers who owned firms. Several of them told me a popular quote from Shakespeare's Henry IV, "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown." Owning your own law firm and/or being a lawyer is different than how it might seem on a TV show. The job carries with it a lot of responsibilities that can weigh heavy and uncomfortable similar to the crown. There have been many nights that I haven't been able to sleep and would start working on one of my cases during the middle of the night. At first, you're constantly trying to make it to the top of the mountain and then you are trying to keep your place in an extremely competitive industry that fights over every single inch. You can be a million-dollar lawyer, but without the right case you're just one of the boys/girls.

What is one of your favorite memories of SPX?

My favorite memory was playing in the massive 6-base kickball games that took place every day during lunch. The kickball games had a unifying effect on our senior class. Anyone could play or watch the games. It allowed people to make friends with people who they might have had limited interactions with previously. It seemed to end the lunch time clicks of friends sitting at the same tables with the same people. Our team was named the Loose Meat Sandwiches.

What is one of the most important lessons you took away from SPX?

Veritas

What were you involved in as a student at SPX?

Sports-freshmen and junior varsity basketball and varsity track for two years, 6-base senior lunch kickball team. Clubs-Junior Statesmen of America (president) and History Club.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

To truly enjoy activities outside of work, I try to travel as far away from my office as I can. I love to explore new countries and learn about their history and food. I feel that by visiting different countries and cultures outside of my own, it allows me to expand my global view of the world. If those countries happen to have beautiful beaches or pools and refreshing drinks it's even better.

How did your SPX education prepare you for college and your eventual career as an attorney?

St. Pius X is a college preparatory school. The school and its teachers are preparing students for the rigorous challenges that they will face in the future. But that doesn't mean that they do not try to adapt to how you might learn. I felt that the teachers and school wanted me to succeed academically and individually. I felt that I was better prepared for college than many of my friends who attended public schools. I was not a straight-A student at SPX or in the top 10%. However, in college and law school I found academic success and believe that a lot of that was the result of being challenged while at St. Pius X.

What advice would you share with new SPX graduates?

80% of life is just showing up, the other 20% is what you do when you do show up. You can do great things with your life; don't be scared to make a positive impact on the world. You are more powerful than you might know. Let your imagination be your guide to life and you will never be disappointed. Wake up each morning and look at yourself in the mirror and say out loud, "I look good, I smell good, I feel good and gosh darn it people like me." If you can master a few of those suggestions you should be fine.

What does it mean to you to be an SPX alumni?

As a SPX alumnus it is great to see how the school has changed. I remember watching one of the school's football games on ESPN with national coverage and was completely shocked. I still stay in touch with many of my former classmates.

Which SPX teacher made the most lasting impact on you?

SPX has a lot of excellent teachers and it is hard to pick just one. That being said, the teacher that has had the most lasting impact on me has been Mrs. Valerie Landry. Her computer programming class taught me a skill that I still find applicable to this day. She took the time to make sure that her students fully understood the subject matter. Mrs. Landry had the ability to take a complex subject and explain it in an easy to understand way.

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