Robert M. Elliot Elliot Pishko Morgan PA, Winston-Salem

I prefer to be at our cain on the New River near Jefferson in Ashe County. Whether floating in our canoe or kayak, running along its banks, piddling in carpentry or simply watching the waters flow, the cool, clean air of the North Carolina mountains and the clear waters of this unique river keep my mind balanced, my concerns in perspective and my spirits refreshed.

Vita: Born Dec 13, 1950, in Charlotte; bachelor's from UNC Chapel Hill and law degree form Wake Forest University; wife, son and two daughters. Why he chose this field: After family, a job is the most important self-defining feature in most people's lives. Consequently, the loss of a job is a loss of a part of that individuual. I like to be part of the resolution of these cases. Memorable cases: Receiving a substantial jury verdict for a specialized broker entitled to a commission for earning millions for his employer; recovering severance and retirement benefits for the president of a company who had been fired after the company was acquired by a competitor; winning a jury verdict for a woman sexually harassed by a law-enforcement officer; and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and winning my clients' Seventh Amendment rights to a jury trial in their claims against their union. What he’d be if not a lawyer: A National Geographic photographer - if I had the tlent. Or a historic carpenter - if I had the skill. Hero: Nelson Mandela. Don’t ask him to: Eat cooked broccoli.