Super Lawyers – A Firm of One
Twenty years ago, while the rest of the world was sleeping, Mark Chinn struggled with fits of anxiety.
“I’d wake up at 3 a.m., as if a little man had crawled on my shoulder to tell me I forgot something,” says Chinn, 63, a divorce lawyer and the only employee of Chinn & Associates in Jackson, Mississippi.
Inevitably, his wife, Cathy, would wake up to see him pulling on his jeans in the wee hours and ask what he was up to. “I didn’t really have an answer for her. I only knew that I had to get to the office because something was wrong, some deadline had passed, something had slipped through the cracks,” says Chinn. “And when I got there, I realized that nothing had happened.”
Chinn was having a crisis of faith—in his paper calendar, and in his own memory. He looked for answers, “used coaches, sought out advice, read every book I could get my hands on about how to run a better law practice,” says Chinn.
Eventually, he found what he was looking for…