By Brian Cox
As attorney Jason Murrie sees it, much of his practice is about helping clients maintain perspective. A critical part of his job is to clarify that perspective for them.
“The first time I meet with a client, if somebody’s getting sued because something bad happened, it’s always important to me to arrange a meeting with them face-to-face and sit down and talk through it,” he says. “Here’s the perspective, I tell them. Here’s how this is going to go.”
Holding things in the right perspective is a principle Murrie picked up from his father, Joel Murrie, who was head baseball coach at Western Kentucky University for 26 seasons and is now a scout for the Los Angeles Angels.
“One thing my dad always said that sticks out to me is, in baseball if you fail seven times out of 10 as a hitter, you’re in the Hall of Fame,” says Murrie.
The lesson behind the baseball truism, he explains, centers around the perspective a person adopts in dealing with adversity.
“You’re going to face adversity,” he says. “The people who are good at what they do are the ones who can stay focused, who can regroup or shift the plan to keep their eye on the prize.”
The Nashville attorney with Cornelius & Collins, LLP, incorporates that philosophy into his practice and into how he counsels clients.
Born and raised in Bowling Green, Ky., home of the Hilltoppers, Murrie says baseball was a way of life for his family. In addition to playing in Little League and throughout high school, Murrie says summer jobs involved putting down sod on the college ball field and painting the bleachers and dugouts. Away games became road trips. The family vacationed in winter — summer was baseball season, after all.