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December 14, 2022 49 mins

"You learn your craft it, hone it; then eventually it becomes how I operate." 
 -Mike Melito

Episode Synopsis: 
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.

Show Notes:
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]

More Quotes: 
"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

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