I Wish I'd Known

Vol. 42 No. 3

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Brad Meltzer is the author of eight New York Times bestselling novels. He hosts Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel. He received the Eisner Award for his work on the critically acclaimed Justice League of America. His newest works are History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time and children’s book I Am Amelia Earhart. His first published novel The Tenth Justice, was written during his final year at Columbia Law School. He is A Florida-licensed attorney.

There’s something I wish I’d known. I’ll get to that in a moment. But first, let me explain how I came to be a lawyer and how valuable my legal training is to my career.

I went to law school because I was afraid. I was scared of having my father’s life. His whole life, he struggled financially. At 40, he lost his job. Seeking work, he moved my family from Brooklyn to Miami. My sister and I were 13 and eight. We stayed with my grandparents in their one-bedroom condo (all six of us). Indeed, my parents took us with them on job interviews because they couldn’t afford babysitters. I remember eating french fries in a Wendy’s while my dad interviewed for a job there. I had this overwhelming feeling that my future was being decided on the opposite side of a fast-food restaurant.

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