Jack W. Burtch Jr.
Bridges the gap between young lawyers and senior lawyers with his passion for mentoring
Macaulay & Burtch PC
1015 East Main Street
Richmond VA 23219
BA, Wesleyan University
JD, Vanderbilt University
Who was your most important mentor and how did that mentor impact your career?
My high school art teacher, William Moos, said my limited imagination was inhibiting my potential. My first boss, Frank Lowden, showed me that a lawyer’s most important quality is integrity. My career has been trying to overcome the former and fulfill the latter.
What do you consider your biggest personal accomplishment and why?
Building a 40-year marriage with Susie and raising two sons who are really good people.
Family-building is the most important work a man can do.
What is the best bit of advice you ever received?
When our first son was born my father said, “Look at him, JB. You have a choice. You can adapt your life to his or he can adjust his to yours. Pick one.”
How do you achieve a balance between your professional life and your personal life?
I don’t. I just do what has to get done. Sometimes that means taking care of clients; sometimes it means taking care of me.
If you hadn’t become a lawyer, what field would you have entered?
I couldn’t decide if I wanted to be Stanley Marcus (who founded Neiman Marcus) or the Archbishop of Canterbury. I think I made the right choice.
What is your favorite book or movie and why?
W. Jackson Bate’s biography of Samuel Johnson is one of my favorite books. It showed me that relentlessly being yourself is a noble goal.
What are two facts about you that most people, including your closest friends, may not know?
I could drive a boat before I could drive a car. I was a prefect in a British boarding school.