Posted By admin on August 28, 2009
Name: Jamie Cox
Tell us about your family: I am the lucky husband of 11 years to Hailey, and the proud father of one daughter, Vanessa (age 11), and two sons, Haidyn (age 3) and Jackson (age 2).
What is your hometown? I was born in Rock Island, Illinois, but raised throughout southeast Iowa. I consider my hometown to be Wapello, Iowa, where I attended and graduated high school and met Hailey.
Where are you employed? What is your title? I am a partner attorney at the law firm of Willson & Pechacek, P.L.C., in Council Bluffs.
Tell us a little bit about your professional achievements? In 1998, I earned undergraduate degrees in history and sociology from the University of Iowa. In 2001, I earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Iowa College of Law. As an attorney, I am licensed to practice in every federal and state court in Iowa and Nebraska, as well as the U.S. Tax Court, and hold memberships in the American, Iowa, Southwest Iowa, Pottawattamie County, and Nebraska bar associations. I am also an alumnus of Leadership Council Bluffs, Class XIX.
What volunteer efforts are you involved with? I’ve combined my enjoyment of kids and passion for the game of soccer into being a longtime volunteer youth soccer coach, past league representative, and past board member of the Council Bluffs Youth Soccer Association. I am also a youth soccer coach for the Council Bluffs Futbol Club.
Why do you volunteer? Besides being a great stress reliever, volunteering allows me to mentor and be a role model for youngsters in teamwork, social involvement and physical health. I believe that introducing these values and skills to our kids at an early age will positively impact our community in the future.
How do you balance your professional career and personal life? Realizing that business success often requires long hours and sometimes travel, the first step to achieving balance was to get my family to agree on what the priorities should be. Being a dad has motivated me to re-balance my life so I have time to spend with my family. This would not be possible without the great business partners and wonderful staff I work with every day. Although my schedule has not always allowed me to be as available as others, I think I have managed to do what it takes to keep myself and everyone else happy.
What is your favorite pastime/hobby? I enjoy traveling, camping with family and friends, and sports of all kinds.
What about your job keeps you motivated? As a trial attorney I have the privilege of helping people obtain justice by resolving their legal problems. Every day I meet new clients, opposing parties, opposing attorneys, witnesses, judges or other court employees. Over the years, I have heard of and personally witnessed some of the strangest, made-for-television real-life stories – - so good I cannot possibly make this stuff up. The law is always evolving, and I learn something new every day.
What advice would you give to someone interested in your specific career? If you are interested in a career in law, you may want to enroll in one or two undergraduate college courses on legal topics, read books on law school and the practice of law, observe lawyers in action at your local courthouse, talk to several attorneys (because there are numerous types of law and legal practices) about their profession, the nature of daily work, job satisfaction, opportunities for advancement, lifestyle issues and other matters.
What is the most interesting lesson you have learned in your career? I learned that it takes about two years of practice to feel like your getting the hang of things. Unfortunately, about two years later, I realized that I really didn’t know very much two years earlier. However, it was a significant and confidence-building milestone in my career.
Who has been a key mentor in the workplace or life for you and how did they help you? Philip Willson, the most senior partner and a founder of the firm, has been and continues to be an invaluable resource of legal knowledge in my development as a trial attorney. Equally important in my success has been Frank W. Pechacek, Jr., the managing partner and a founder of the firm, who is a master of the art of networking – - the more people someone meets, the better the chances will be to find and nurture good, new, personal and professional opportunities.
What are you most proud of having accomplished in your professional career or personal life? My proudest accomplishments were when Hailey and I adopted our daughter, Vanessa, and the birth of our two sons, Haidyn and Jackson.
What is your favorite adage or words of wisdom (include author if possible)? When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us. - Alexander Graham Bell
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? Persevere and never give up until you have accomplished your goal.
What is the one goal that you would most like to accomplish? My most important goal is to be a good husband, dad, son, brother and friend.
What do you enjoy most about working in the Council Bluffs community? The people, the town and the landscape. Council Bluffs offers a small town atmosphere with big city amenities, including short commute times, abundant recreational and cultural activities, and affordable living.
How long have you been a part of the Council Bluffs community? I have been a part of the Council Bluffs community since 2001.
If you could describe Council Bluffs in just 3 words, what would they be? The Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce sums it up best: Council Bluffs truly is “Iowa’s Leading Edge”.