July 23, 2018

AYLA President’s Column – Interview with Jorge Padilla

AYLA welcomes Jorge Padilla as president of the organization for the 2018-19 bar year.

AYLA: Let’s start with everyone’s favorite question: Would you tell us a little about yourself?

Padilla: I’m a partner in Jackson Walker’s litigation section, where I’ve practiced for over ten years. Originally from Spring, Texas, I moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas for undergrad, stayed for law school, and never looked back. My wife, Jackie, and I have three daughters (Isabel, Samantha, and Alexandra), and we all enjoy getting outdoors and all things UT. I am a proponent of the Oxford comma.

AYLA: What are some of your Austin-area favorites?

Padilla: There are so many to choose from, but it’s tough to beat a run around Ladybird Lake or hike on the Bull Creek greenbelt. We also enjoy weekend breakfast tacos at Taco Deli, pizza from Little Deli, and movies at Alamo Drafthouse.

AYLA: Why did you first get involved with AYLA?

Padilla: I had just completed the Austin Bar/AYLA Leadership Academy and met several other attorneys who were involved with the bar and legal community.  That year’s Leadership Academy chairs, Judge Karin Crump and David Courreges, both encouraged each of us to continue to find ways to stay involved and be of service to others. I had heard of the various community events that AYLA had spearheaded and thought this would be a good way to connect with other attorneys while providing a needed service to the community.

AYLA: What are your goals for AYLA this year?

Padilla: I’ve always viewed AYLA as a service organization with additional benefits for attorneys (social, networking, and CLE). I want to continue and expand that service mindset as much as possible, especially when it comes to pro bono and other events to assist traditionally underserved groups in our community.

AYLA: What do you think are the biggest challenges facing today’s young lawyers in Austin?

Padilla: As Austin continues to grow, we risk losing the collegiality that in some ways is unique to our city. Obviously, getting involved with AYLA and other bar associations and Inns of Court can help young attorneys get to know each other, as well as more experienced lawyers in Austin.

AYLA: If you could impart one piece of wisdom on the first-year lawyer and make it stick, what would it be?

Padilla: This one is simple: pick up the phone. Especially if you are dealing with a difficult situation, a lot of things can be lost, misunderstood, or made worse in an email.  Sometimes talking through things on the phone (or in person) can help diffuse a situation and allow people to find common ground.

AYLA: What has been your most rewarding AYLA experience so far?

Padilla: I’ve always enjoyed the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, which I’ve helped organize the past several years. It’s pretty special when attorneys will put aside their work and other obligations and take time to volunteer with worthy nonprofits throughout Austin.

AYLA: What is an interesting fact about you that people probably don’t know?

Padilla: I ran with the bulls in Pamplona on a trip to Spain in 2009.