Douglas Wayne Kenyon Hunton & Williams LLP, Raleigh

I started working as a janitor in a nursing home at 14. You name it, I did it, and along the way I cleaned up every body fluid known to man. This is part of what I learned:

1) People are precious at all stages of their lives. We all have stories to tell, and most of us want to tell them. 2) True courage often manifests itself in very subtle ways. 3) People take time and are worth it. 4) Be open to change — it’s coming whether you like it or not. 5) Be on time. The bus is leaving whether you’re on it or not. 6) There is no excuse for intentional rudeness. 7) You can be joyful and sad. The two are very different emotions. 8) Most of what we do ain’t rocket science. Don’t get cocky. Give others the benefit of the doubt. 9) Enjoy yourself. 10) When all else fails, revert to my secret mantra: “Well, jeez, there’s always tomorrow.”

Vita: Born April 15, 1954, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Bachelor’s and law degrees from University of Notre Dame; three daughters. Why he chose this field: I went to law school because Robert Kennedy was killed. I wanted to save the world. I still do. Antitrust and intellectual-property law, which I also practice, are tools for cultural and economic growth. They encourage dreams and, more importantly, the chasing of dreams. What he’d be if not a lawyer: I’d own and manage the best music club in New York City, and I’d add a branch in Raleigh. Passions: Art, music, food and, most of all, daughters Mary Pat, Katharine and Sarah. Don’t ask him to: Make the bed.