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 name, which literally means ‘Warring Man of the Law’ in several languages. Interesting enough, the definition never came to mind in his childhood years, but sparks of legal genius showed itself in his early years, possessing a natural interest in English and History classes in high school 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 often dream of being professional athletes. His education eventually took him back to his birthplace in Canada where he became a political science major and college 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 life as a family man “…with the wife, 3.5 kids, and a dog, in a white picket fenced house in suburbia” as Mario humorously puts it. He would have met his wife as a pupil while on one of his self – taught missions to access to the tightly held, ‘super secretive’ knowledge of IP law in the government sector. The two would remain inseparable ever since, laying the foundations of the firm’s corporate and commercial practice.
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 firms before coming to the decision to start Lex Justis in the 2008 year with the ambitious thought of establishing a institution which would remove itself from the rigid and dreary practices of the traditional firm, while standing as a pillar in the international community. He never forgets that his own family and friends said that it was a bad idea, and overshined negative undertones by striving to be known for one’s performance and abilities, rather than striving to be a professional socialite. 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.
Mario 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. He 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 actions and matters relating to public law. Fast forward some 9 years later, Lex Justis Chambers continues to thrive as an established practice in the Bahamas, welcoming clients from around the world through its doors, and gaining recognition for its outstanding services provided in the archipelago.
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, wandering the streets of Istanbul, rode the white-water rapids of Costa Rican jungle by kayak, and taught himself 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 and carry on the family business. Nowadays the time consuming demands of little children have limited his extra-curricular activities, but it has not stopped Mr. McCartney from enjoying the occasional boat trip around the cays, or a round of golf at the local course whenever time permits. He also spends time fulfilling his own commitment to return to weightlifting after the firm got on its feet, regarding himself as a former gym rat coming out of retirement at his own pace. Being a 80s baby, Mario remains an video game dabbler, professional basketball connoisseur, and a fan of the Star Wars franchise who will sneak his way to the movie theaters on the opening day of each film, a custom his wife will never understand. Interestingly Mr. McCartney has discovered a new interest in horticulture, having grown a small orchard in his backyard with fruit trees germinated from seed.