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In 1969, a 25 year-old high school graduate Gary Conway opened his own car dealership. His wife would bring his boys by the lot to see their dad since his work schedule often had him away the whole time the kids were awake. Gary’s three year-old boy was Scot Conway. There was no way to know how this would impact lawyering 40 years later!

A few years later, Scot was taking martial arts. Even though he was only six, he’d go home with a bloody nose from class about once a month. It was 1971. No one thought twice about a six year-old getting a bloody nose from martial arts back then. If that happened today, you’d have lawyers swarming all over the martial arts school!

Gary Conway developed such a great reputation that his competitors recommended him for a new car franchise. Soon, Conway had franchises for British Leyland (Jaguars, MGs, Triumphs), Subaru, Fiat, Mazda, and Lindy motor homes at three locations. He drove an MG Midget or a Triumph TR7 and his wife drove a Jaguar.

Business had its ups and downs. To build his building, Gary had gotten a loan from a colleague and competitor against a percentage of his company. When he generated the income to buy back the rest of his company, the colleague didn’t want to sell. “This kid’s a gold mine!” he said.

But one of his top people, “Mr. O,” who had helped set up the deal told his boss that if he didn’t let the kid have his company back, he’d quit. The boss let Gary buy back the rest of his company.

Things ran tight for a while, and one month a lot of bad things came crashing together all at once. The game was nearly over. It would take ten thousand dollars to survive in the mid-70s when ten thousand dollars was a lot of money! That was as much money as someone might make in a year! You could pay cash for three cars with that kind of money. Gary Conway needed it or his business was done. Another businessman believe in him and his team enough to write a check on the spot with nothing more than Conway’s word that he’s pay it back with interest. Gary Conway was good to his word.

Fast forward to the 90s. Scot Conway, Gary’s son born in 1965, is in law school and is still training in martial arts. He sits dutifully in his classes listening to what his law professors are teaching”¦ “Are you kidding? You’d put your client out of business!” he thought at least a couple of dozen times.

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Have you heard of The Terrible Truth About Lawyers? It’s a book by Mark McCormack (who is a lawyer turned businessman) and this is a key point: Sometimes lawyers can protect their clients right out of business. In short, lawyers are lawyers ““ not business people ““ and sometimes the business answer is easy and lucrative and the legal answer is hard, expensive and self-destructive. Conway grew up around business. He knew how his dad got things done and how often the solution was entirely human.

So from his first day of law school, he viewed the law differently than most of his colleagues. Rather than just looking at how to “win the battle” as the hired gun, he looked at how lawyers can be part of “solving the problem.” Law school teaches you how to fight and win. But business people don’t win by fighting. They win by creating mutually valuable transactions. The customer is not the enemy. The customer is the lifeblood of any business. Make them feel like they are the enemy, and they leave and do not come back!Padres Stadium

“Solve the problem” OFTEN requires a legal solution. You want to know whether to form a business entity and how to protect your assets. You want to have binding agreements that cover essential terms. If you think you’re hiring an independent contractor, you want to know that you haven’t accidentally created an employee. Lawyers and legal issues are vital to the operation of any business.

But sometimes you need the lawyer to stand down. It’s helpful when you have a business attorney that knows business, not just business law. Thanks to Gary Conway, Scot Conway is such an attorney. It’s amazing how often the solution is human.

Here’s an interesting thing: People don’t sue people they like.

If they see you as a faceless entity, they sue you. If they don’t like you, they sue you. When people get angry, they run to lawyers and look for some excuse to file a lawsuit. With so many lawyers looking for cases, some of them get very creative in the problems they can cause.

Getting in trouble with government agencies is usually a human problem, too. Most regulating agencies report that their number one source for violations are disgruntled former employees. It pays to keep people happy with you. It protects your business and your assets to keep people happy with you. Lawyers are usually really, really bad at that ““ except Conway.

Westin ScotAlmost everyone has head of John Maxwell. If you haven’t, go to Amazon.com and search his name and you’ll find more than 50 books mostly on leadership and business relationships. When Conway first me
t Maxwell, he had just one book and was just starting out training people as leaders. Conway started learning under Maxwell years before the world would hear about John Maxwell. It’s certain no wonder they have some leadership principles in common.

Conway teaches a particular system of 360-degree leadership. It’s very systematic, a lot like a martial art (no surprise, considering Conway is widely regarded as a master). He’s also authored more than a dozen books, most of which can be found on Amazon (after you’ve looked up John Maxwell, look up Scot Conway).

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Fusing legal training with martial arts is natural. While many people think martial artists are all about the fight, classical masters are about peace. Lawyers should be, too. You practice all the legal safety techniques to protect yourself and your company. AND you practice all the human connection techniques and problem solving techniques so you never come under attack in the first place. You do both.

That’s what you get with Conway: Lawyer (plus Real Estate Broker) Martial Arts Master, and Leadership Equipper.