Editor’s note: Father’s Day is a special time between most dads and their children. It’s even more so when they are part of a family business. Staff writer David Lee found that to be true with three fathers who are working with their children.
Austin Jackson grew up around his father’s job, from visiting his law office after school to attending depositions and even participating.
Years later, Austin and father Stan continue to share a passion for an occupation that has successfully developed into a family business.
“I had a predisposition for doing this,” Austin said. “At the dinner table, we were always talking about these types of situations involving clients and cases. In certain classes at law school I felt like it was second nature, because I had been hearing these things my whole life.”
Stan, who graduated from Vanderbilt University and the University of Georgia School of Law, has been practicing law for more than 40 years. He incorporated his Augusta firm around the time Austin was born and allowed him to attend and participate in his work.
Austin gravitated to law and eventually graduated from the University of Georgia and earned a law degree from the University of South Carolina. After serving as assistant solicitor for the state of South Carolina and taking another position for a year, he formed his own firm in 2013.
It was a natural fit when he joined the firm with Jackson Law Offices P.C. to work side by side with his father.
“I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have him to call every time I have a question,” Austin said. “It gives us an experience we can share together. I know people hate going to dinner with us, because we’re going to talk about business or flying. I’m talking to him every day.”
Austin now handles the daily operations of the firm, which focuses on defending rights of victims, while his father counsels and helps on bigger cases. They now have two offices between Augusta and Columbia.
“When I started this, I had no idea Austin would come join me in the practice, but I’m delighted he has done so,” Stan said. “He is making certain that the clients are well-communicated with. He’s got a good staff that he’s building.”
The two have learned from each other, from Austin teaching his father advances in technology and marketing, to Austin picking up dad’s
work ethic and attention to detail.
“As far as what he has taught me, good gracious, I don’t know where to start,” Austin said. “I certainly think it’s a blessing.”