October 2012 Issue
If anyone is in a position to explain the essence of what makes Jim McElhaney tick, it might well be Steven J. Miller.
After starting law school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., Miller transferred in 1979 to Case Western Reserve University School of Law in his native Cleveland, where McElhaney was building a national reputation as a trial advocacy teacher. Miller introduced himself, “and from that moment he became my mentor. He was a very engaging, knowledgeable guy, and we hit it off.”
Miller took every trial advocacy course that McElhaney taught. “He helped people learning to think like a lawyer to talk like a human being,” says Miller, the managing partner at Miller Goler Faeges Lapine in Cleveland. “Jim knew that juries were still people. He knew that you reach people in their guts and their hearts, and not just in their brains.”