MEET MARIO L. McCARTNEY

Ask Mario Lamont McCartney how he would describe himself and he would refer you to the nearest search engine to look up the definition of his given Christian and Middle names, which literally means ‘Warring Man of Law’ in a number of languages. Interesting enough, Mr. McCartney never thought about the meaning of his name while growing up in the Bahamas, but sparks of legal genius showed itself in his early years, being a natural grade A student in the English and Social Studies classes and often read his text books for enjoyment rather than for the purposes of studying for exams. He never looked like the typical bookworm, but rather a mild-mannered sports jock who was among many Bahamian teenagers who dreamt of being a professional athlete like the Americans. His education eventually took him back to his birthplace in Canada where he became a political science major and football player, before heading to the United Kingdom to read law. After thousands of travel miles, numerous hours of all night study sessions, and one year of giving up television while in bar school, Mr. McCartney returned to the Bahamas, where he would eventually establish Lex Justis Chambers while starting his new life as a husband and father.

There is nothing more difficult than starting an enterprise from scratch while raising a young family, but for Mario, ‘difficult’ is nothing more than just a word. Early in his career he would go against the status quo, having practiced for one of the larger firmsseventually coming to the decision to start Lex Justis in the 2008 year with the pioneering ambition of changing the way the law is practiced in the Bahamas. He never forgets that his own family and friends said that it was a bad idea, and overshined negative undertones with the uncanny determination to demonstrate the very thing that mattered the most: a genuine love for the law. The law would eventually take Mr. McCartney on the road less travelled, from advising board of directors of US fortune 500 companies in the US to providing legal commentary in internationally covered stories taking place in The Bahamas, all taking place before the age of 30. Overall he is known as a strong willed and versatile attorney on the island, always sporting a pair of aviator sunglasses whenever he conducts his business in the city’s downtown district.

With the encouragement of his wife, he would engage an international audience in writing articles on various aspects of Bahamian law with the belief that somewhere in the world someone would be reading. Mario would lead general practice with a special emphasis in corporate and commercial law, however when he and members of his family were subjected to injustices at the hands of public officials he would expand his litigation practice matters involving Constitutional action and matters relating to public law. Fast forward some 9 years later, Lex Justis continues to thrive as an established practice in the Bahamas, welcoming clients from around the world through its doors, gaining recognition for its outstanding services provided in the Bahamas.

Mr. McCartney is clearly on the path to be one of the most interesting men in the world when reaching his twilight years. He would say that he argued his first case at 12 years old during a mock trial in his English class, where he convinced a jury made up of his fellow classmates that a ghost was responsible for a traffic accident that his client had been accused of causing, after the accuser’s witness had botched their testimony before the class. During a vacation break in law school, while volunteering his services at a refugee project in Toronto, Canada where his work would be used in an immigration case concerning a Middle Eastern family seeking asylum in Canada. He speaks proudly of stories of undefeated seasons during his years playing university football before the roars of the crowd as if describing gladiator battles of ancient Rome, tackling men twice his size to the ground, or being entangled in mid-air collisions with opponents. Mr. McCartney is well travelled, being exposed with various cultures and maintaining relationships with a number of professionals from various corporations and organizations. He has walked the Great Wall of China, walked the grand halls of the Blue Mosque of Istanbul, rode the white-water rapids of Costa Rican jungle, and taught himself how to drive a stick shift car while in downtown London during rush hour.

Mario’s personality embodies the very definition of his name, but at home he enjoys the life of being a loving husband to his wife and a father to his son and three daughters. Whether its watching the same Disney movie for the 20th time, evening homework sessions at the dinner table, or enjoying a picnic on the beach, he regards himself as a family man who secretly hopes that all of his children become attorneys when they come of age and carry on the family practice. His kids would say that his other secret is that he is a closet video gamer who keeps a library of game apps on his phone, and also a huge fan of the Star Wars franchise who will sneak his way to the movie theaters on the opening day of each film, something his wife will never understand. Apart from his surreptitious endeavors, Mr. McCartney remains a sports enthusiast who enjoys analyzing professional basketball games hitting golf balls on the green and folliwing new interest in germinating fruit trees from seeds.