So, when he decided to start his own firm in October 2013, the smart money would have been on Webb’s firm surviving and thriving.
Fast forward three years, and today you will find that Brian Webb Legal now consists of five lawyers and nine employees.
“Things are moving in the right direction,” Webb says. “I probably could have done it sooner, but I was glad that I had the experience that I had.”
That experience has translated into a thriving, full-service law firm.
“It’s kind of nice to have your own little baby that you’re building and having the satisfaction that comes from that,” Webb says.
And make no mistake – Webb knows something about babies. After all, he was the oldest of nine children growing up in Ohio.
His youth laid the groundwork for his work ethic in his professional career.
“I pretty much had to operate independently, because my parents couldn’t worry about me,” Webb says. “They had other kids to pay attention to. … I kind of had to be a little bit of a leader in the family at an early age.”
Later, as a young adult, he worked full time in information technology at Nationwide Financial Services while also attending law school.
Webb says for four years his schedule essentially consisted of working from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. and then going to school until 9 or 10 p.m.
Despite this grueling schedule, he graduated at the top of his class.
In January of 2007, he moved to Boise and joined Angstman Johnson as an associate attorney. A little more than six years later he struck out on his own.
“I’m running a business, as well as practicing law,” Webb says. “Every day is different, which is awesome. One day, we’re going to be in trial. The next day, we’re going to draft this. The other day, we have client appointments.
“So each day is different for me, and that’s kind of nice because I’m one of those people who likes to mix it up a little bit. In elementary school, you’re assigned seats. And about a week after having my seat I’m asking the teacher for a different seat.”
The variety is good for Webb. So are the relationships he’s built.
“The No. 1 thing I like about what I do is just the employees that I have,” he says. “I care genuinely about them. … There’s also this side of it: We love helping people, and when they need it we can provide quality legal service.”
You might think that running a successful law firm might be enough to fill the hours in Webb’s day. But you would be wrong: He is also the father of six children.
“Everybody has something they do in their spare time,” he says. “My kids are my life, and their activities are my life.”
And, in addition to running a business and raising six children, Webb has served for years as a volunteer coach for assorted youth sports teams.
“My neighbor … he’s like, ‘You have to be the busiest person in the entire world,’” Webb says.
“It’s challenging at times,” Webb says, “but I wouldn’t change it for anything.
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