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Top 40: Jon Seawright

Before he decided to undertake a career in the law profession, Jon Seawright acted as general manager of his family’s monument company.

Now a shareholder with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, the Texas native’s professional life is set in stone. In addition to his responsibilities as an attorney, Seawright also serves as the firm’s recruiting chairman and as a popular public speaker to various industry groups on relevant legal topics.

Creative and diligent, Seawright says the practice of law is mainly an exercise in problem solving.

“Being able to come up with solutions makes the practice not more interesting but more productive for everyone,” Seawright said. “Getting to those solutions can be tedious but corralling all the facts and shepherding to a conclusion that is satisfactory is equally important.”

Though he completed his undergraduate work at Baylor, Seawright earned his juris doctorate at the University of Mississippi. His legal practice focuses mainly on healthcare, tax and mergers and acquisitions.

Born in Waco, Seawright’s been selected for the past three years as one of Mid-South Super Lawyers’ “Rising Stars,” and he formerly taught a business law class at Holmes Community College.

Some define leadership as an individual’s ability to get others to willingly follow. Seawright, says colleague Brent Alexander, is deft at listening to new ideas and being a leader at Baker, Donelson.

“Jon has little patience for office politics, which I find very refreshing,” Alexander said. “Not many executives his age are able to suspend judgment while listening to others’ ideas. Jon is a very creative partner who has no problems asking ‘what if.’”

Although he claims he doesn’t have role models per se, Seawright says he has tried to pattern his life after his wife’s example.

“She is a very successful nurse practitioner who also manages to run a family,” he said. “I admire her for the way she somehow keeps me and our children moving in the right direction, engaged in the community and committed to each other.”

When he was in his 20s, Seawright perhaps faced the biggest challenge of his life after his father died unexpectedly. He moved back to Waco to raise his sister, who was in her senior year of high school.

“I’m so proud of her and what she’s accomplished,” he said.

“She graduated from college and is now vice-president of a production company in Dallas. My efforts were only a small part of her success.”

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