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This video features Mark Choate, a Criminal Law attorney based in Alaska.
I had certain skills and certain abilities, and I could make a difference for people who didn't have the power to make changes for themselves.
My father was an army officer; he was an experimental test pilot in the army and was someone who, because of his flying career, moved every year. So the military was a big part of my growing up. I pretty soon became independent and I was always interested in protecting others from bullies.
So I got out of law school early because I wanted to get to work, and then came up to Alaska. The thing I loved about Alaska at the time was that being a lawyer was not a big deal. Someone who was a meat cutter or a laborer on the pipeline or a security guard could make more money than a lawyer could make. It was a world where you were accepted for who you were, not because you had some title.
You know, most of the work that I do is about power, where somebody in power has taken advantage of somebody who doesn't have power. I’m not afraid to take on the federal government; I'm not afraid to take on the state government. I'm not afraid to take on Allstate or GEICO or a big manufacturer. A lot of my choices in my life have been from the belief that I had certain skills and certain abilities and I could make a difference for people who didn't have the power to make changes for themselves. So that's what I do.
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