Beyond the Brief - Alix Michel
Oct. 22, 2012
Welcome to the first edition of Beyond the Brief, Chambliss' new weekly column highlighting firm attorneys. For this inaugural interview, we chose Alix Michel, a member of Chambliss' litigation section.
In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
I am a litigator who helps clients successfully defend their legal matters and also helps them prepare for litigation trends coming “over the horizon.”
Who would be your typical client?
Any type of health care provider, be it an individual (i.e. physician, nurse, pharmacist) or a healthcare entity (i.e. hospital, practice group, nursing home).
What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
Both I and the members of our Defense team at Chambliss, constantly strive to achieve the results desired by our clients in the most efficient manner possible. We constantly strive to help our clients improve their own practices and live by the motto “The Defense Never Rests.”
What has been your most challenging case? Why?
An Organ Donation case I tried on Court TV many years ago. Informed consent was at issue. At the time, the general public was very skeptical of Organ Donation and I was mindful that each night, my trial decisions and presentations would be discussed and analyzed extensively by the Court TV panel. I constantly asked myself, am I presenting this important issue (Organ Donation) in a positive light?
What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
Helping a client realize it was time to retire. The client’s professional skills had declined to the point where each day he posed a potential risk of harm to his own clients. It is very difficult for anyone to stop doing something they love and are very good at. I am proud that my relationship with this particular client was at such a trust level that I could help the client realize what needed to be done.
What do you do when you’re not practicing law?
I try to spend as much time as possible with my family.
What would surprise people most about you?
While raised in the city, I’m a country boy at heart who loves baseball, NASCAR and country music.
What has been your most memorable Chambliss experience?
Speaking across the country to help raise awareness of the dangers from Prescription Drug Diversion. Chambliss has been so supportive of this public service, which has personally served as some of the most satisfying work in my entire career.
What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer?
Probably hosting a Radio show. My friends say I have a face for radio!
If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you?
Sidney Poitier. If he were not available, I guess I could live with Denzel playing the role.
How would you like to be remembered?
As a God fearing man who, more often than not, had the faith to be courageous.
Would you like to say anything else?
May God bless us all, everyone. Thanks!
For more information on Alix, you can visit his firm bio here and his LinkedIn profile here. To contact Alix: