A Q&A, in brief
Todd A. Luckman
My nickname is … I haven’t had one since grade school, when my pals extended my name to “Toddles” or “Toddy-
Potty.” I am not bitter.
If you were in my office … you’d become overwhelmed by nostalgia at my collection of antiquated tech, and slink out
in shame after being beaten at
If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d … be a writer of some kind, which actually means I would be a mall Santa.
The movie line I quote most often is … “Like I told my last wife, I says, ‘Honey, I never drive faster than I can see.
Besides that, it’s all in the reflexes.’” –
Big Trouble in Little China
My colleagues would be surprised to know … that I despise creamy dessert items.
When I was a newbie lawyer I … practiced law with just a Dictaphone and a bad haircut.
The three people I’d invite to dinner are … C.S. Lewis, Jesus and Bruce Lee:
legendary philosophers and butt-kickers all.
The lawyer I most admire is … my partner Gary Hanson, the archetypical Kansas lawyer—
always hard-working, helpful and patient, but ready to throw down when the swords come out.
The quality I most like in a lawyer is … a sense of humor. It exponentially decreases my chances
of getting beaten by a briefcase for my offhand comments.
My career high point (so far) has been … a tie between two appellate arguments/briefs in the
Kansas Supreme Court and the 10th Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel.
The last TV show I binge-watched was …
I can’t believe more people haven’t read …
by Robert A. Heinlein. Watching that joke of a film
does not count.
I can do a pretty good impersonation of … Tie—Wallace Shawn in
; Marvin the Martian.
My fictional hero is … Captain James T. Kirk: drop-kicking alien butts and stealing Orion slave-girls’ hearts.
My real-life hero is … my dad, who helps me out whenever I call, and who is still the guy I have to try to
keep up with on the projects we do.
I get angry when … coworkers cut communal doughnuts in half. Commitment, people.
Go big or go home.
The craziest thing I witnessed in a courtroom was … my opposing witness, a divorcing husband,
referring to a prostitute as his “sexual acquaintance.”
If I won the lottery I’d … hire someone to worry for me, and then lay awake at night concerned that they weren’t
doing their job.
My courtroom walk-up music would be … “You Sexy Thing.” Nothing says legal competence better than
a sweet ’70s bongo groove.
A recurring dream I have is … second-chairing a big-time deposition
with multiple parties where the other attorney blows it off and drops it on me.
My motto is …
Amat victoria curam
—Victory loves preparation.
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