Rob Harrington is Charlotte-famous. A lawyer at Robinson Bradshaw, you cannot be a lawyer in Charlotte and not know Rob. His colleague once remarked that as Jerry West is to the NBA logo so would Rob Harrington be to the human lawyer podcast. He’s not wrong.
Rob’s awards and recognitions are too numerous to list. A few: Pride Magazine’s best of the best; Business North Carolina’s best of the best; NAACP pro bono legal services award; Charlotte catalyst; citizen lawyer award; Duke Law Alumni association achievement in public service. This isn’t even half of his publicly-listed accomplishment so you undoubtedly get the point.
Having the privilege of being in the audience when Rob tells part of his story, he grew up in rural South Carolina at a time and place where going to Duke for undergrad and law school were incomprehensible. But, he did it. And that’s sort of Rob’s themes: whatever he gets involved in; he’s going to do it. There’s a saying that interim-Carolina Panthers coach Steve Wilks coined where he reminds his players don’t let “IT” get in the way. Well if Rob Harrington encounters an “It,” the “It” will be removed. He is a barrier breaker and a waymaker.
As a lawyer for nearly for 40 years, what has Rob learned about himself in serving his clients and his community? Was there ever a time when he realized his life’s passions were informing his life’s work? If so, what did he realize? And finally, what might Rob say to a young lawyer who feels lost in their work? These are some baseline questions, but we’ll happily follow your lead as so many others have.