Amos C. Dawson III Williams Mullen, Raleigh

My special place is our retirement home near Saluda, about a half-mile north of the Greenville, S.C., watershed, which is all totally undeveloped and protected mountain land. My wife, Gail, and I went to Saluda on our honeymoon. We stayed in a cabin at the Orchard Inn, and every year we would go back for our anniversary. Two years ago, we bought a lovely home on top of a ridge on Little Mine Mountain with seven acres of woods. It’s a magical, peaceful, beautiful place with wonderful people.

Vita: Born Feb. 15, 1948, in Southern Pines; bachelor’s and law degrees from UNC Chapel Hill; wife, two sons and two daughters. Why he chose this field: Environmental law was a new area that seemed to show a lot of promise and was more interesting to me than tax, corporate law or other traditional fields. When I graduated from law school in 1975, the Coastal Area Management Act had just been passed, and I became the first staff attorney to the newly formed Coastal Resources Commission. It was the only job I applied for. What he’d be if not a lawyer: Retired in Saluda. When I was younger, I would have loved to have run a summer camp for kids in the mountains. Being a camp counselor was the best all-around job I ever had. Passions: My wife and my relationships with God, my family, friends and clients. I am also passionate about exercise, travel and golf. Don’t ask him to: Hurry up. You’d just be wasting your time.