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Chris Brigdon

Law School:Capital University Law School, 2017

Court Admissions: Ohio

Bar Memberships: American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar, Columbus Bar, Licking County Bar.

Why did you decide to be a solo attorney participating in Columbus Bar inc?
I knew I would be attempting a solo practice upon passing the bar exam. However, I wasn’t entirely sure how I was going to accomplish the goal.

I learned of the Columbus Bar inc program shortly after passing the bar, and I was very excited about the opportunity. As I learned more about the program, I discovered there was an opportunity to learn from mentors, network with other lawyers, and learn the details of running a law firm. I thought: check, check, and check! This is an amazing opportunity for any new lawyer looking to learn how to make it on his or her own.

What area(s) of law does your solo practice focus on?
Currently, I’m focused on Criminal Law, OVI, Divorce, Commercial Real Estate Transactions, Litigation, and Wills.

What made you choose your primary area of law?
I’ve been a licensed commercial real estate broker for about 15 years, therefore, the focus on real estate transaction law was a given.

With regards to criminal, I’ve always found it interesting. In addition to that, court appointed work seems to be driving my practice right now. Due in part to that, and the satisfaction I get from resolving the cases, criminal law has become a primary focus of mine.

I was fortunate enough to work on 3 divorce case while enrolled in Capital Law School’s Legal Clinic. After working through those cases, I realized the combination of my previous skill set as a CPA and auditor and my negotiation skills from commercial real estate, made a really nice skill set for divorce/custody cases.

What will make your law firm unique?
That’s a good question. I think I’m feeling my way through that right now. I’m marketing with Google Adwords, and Facebook. I’m using some tricks I’ve learned from running my real estate business as well. However, I haven’t really found the “hook” of my law firm yet.

In real estate, I’m perceived as honest. So, I use that to my advantage when I negotiate. Other brokers trust me, and I know it, so I can use that when trying to achieve a price I need. Also, I’m known for pre-leasing retail commercial properties prior to them coming out of the ground. It took me years to develop my skill set and perception in the real estate community, thus, they are my “hook” when selling my services as a real estate broker.

After 15 years of commercial sales, I’ve learned it takes a few years to develop your sales style and “hook.” Therefore, my answer to the above question is: it will be an ongoing journey.

Summary of previous employment:
I’ve been a commercial real estate broker and developer for 15 years. Prior to that, I lived in California and I was a CPA/Auditor for KPMG. I traveled internationally most of my last two years with the firm. During that time, I consulted with foreign companies that wanted to go public in the US, and worked on acquisitions for US companies.

Describe your personal interests and hobbies:
I’ve been studying martial arts in one form or another for 30 years now… that makes me sound so old. I started training and competing when I was 15 years-old and I still enjoy both. In addition, I’ve spent about 6 years teaching martial arts, which I really enjoyed and miss.

I’ve studied several “strike fight” arts: Tung So Do, Hap Ki Do, Bushido Khan, Kick Boxing, Boxing, and Young So Ji Do.

However, my real passion and specialty is ground fighting. I have taught and studied: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling, and “ground and pound mixed martial arts.”

I also like wood working and anything that is a water sport.