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Jim Carmichael

I work as a patent lawyer in the Washington, D.C. area. Here is my professional page at my law firm.
My wife Barbara is a homemaker. We have two children, Jason ( born in 2006) and Emma (born in 2004).

Three off-the-wall things about you we don’t know:

1. The summer after we graduated from U-High, I had the first line of "Free Bird" tattoed on my shoulder.

2. One year later, I had it removed.

3. Items 1 and 2 are not true. Sorry! But I did get my ear pierced once. :>)

Spiritual or religious thoughts: Was lost but now I'm found.

Hobbies and Interests: Is it really possible to have hobbies with two little kids? Any ideas would be appreciated.

Two of the most interesting cases I've worked on involved patents for the Walkman and the MP3 player, about twenty years apart. I also prosecuted a fraud case against another patent lawyer, who went on the lamb and is still a fugitive. Do not attempt to apprehend this individual yourself! He is armed with a patent law book and is considered about as dangerous as a patent lawyer can be (not very!).

Right after graduating from U-High, I went on a trip to the Soviet Union. Everything there was so dysfunctional I couldn't believe they posed a credible military threat. Later I visited India. I was struck by how people I met there were so content even though they had so little.

After a few years each in Connecticutt, Wisconsin, and California, I have lived most of my life in the Washington, D.C. area. On 9/11, the plane crashing into the Pentagon woke me up. But I went back to sleep, thinking it was just another surprise fireworks party at the White House (they had had one a few nights before). When I learned what happened, I moved out of the city. I am glad to get back to the country! Now I awake to roosters.

Favorite memories from your days at U High?

Jeff and Clay's. Especially when one 30th reunion participant, to remain anonymous for now, was wearing headphones at a party and loudy sang "Keep on Rolling" even when the stereo speakers were secretly turned off, much to the delight of the crowd. Come to the reunion and ask me who it was. Maybe we will have a repeat performance! :>)



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