"You learn your craft it, hone it; then eventually it becomes how I operate."
Today we are meeting with my good close friend Michael Melito, who is an attorney here in town in Denver. But his story is rather unique. And I think the really good lesson that we're going to get from here is Mike was in a previous life, a paratrooper in the U.S. Army, and then he was in the Army JAG. He was a lawyer in the Army, then later went and transitioned into the Colorado attorney general's office. And he was at the Colorado attorney general's office prosecuting white-collar crime cases. And then eventually, most recently within the last few years, transitioned from the Colorado attorney general's office into private practice, running his own business as a lawyer. And his story is really unique. I think he has some really great stories in terms of his transition from the military into working for the Colorado state government and into private practice.
What got me interested in joining the military [3:26]
I remember this white-collar crime, a ring of thieves [7:42]
Find the Silver Foxes [10:30]
If you don't have the answer you find it [15:29]
I'm curious, why did you decide to go ahead and start your own business instead of teaming up with other people? [27:23]
There's a lot of smart lawyers. They're smart doctors, but it comes down to can you communicate? [41:49}
We're not fearful of confronting the client [46:56]
"I loved working for the government. I do not regret changing to private practice because as a business man, I am learning and continuing to learn my craft. And that's what every business person has to be a student of the game." -Mike Melito
"You've been referred to me because that's how I operate. I don't really advertise, but you want my skill set. Well, let me see if we fit because if you and I can communicate with one another, we built trust, we built honesty. And that allows me to hear and diagnose your woes as best I can because you're being thorough, you're being complete, and you're being candid with me, even for the stuff that it's hard to say because you might be admitting to, I did something wrong, I did a crime, I wronged my business partner or I wronged these people."- Mike Melito