Penny Hays Cauley is the founder and principal of the Hays Cauley, P.C. law firm located in Florence, South Carolina. Penny first formed her law firm years ago in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and subsequently moved to South Carolina when her husband took over as pastor of a church in South Carolina. That, as you’ll hear, unfortunately required Penny to take another bar exam several years removed from law school! Penny is originally from Florida but a fortuitous scholarship brought her to Alabama. Piano performance and business degrees then started her on a career to become a consumer trial lawyer. Penny is an exceptional lawyer and one of the top consumer advocates in the country. I don’t make that statement lightly. I have worked with her on many consumer cases over the years, fifteen or so as she reminds me, and I have seen first hand her compassion, knowledge and desire to help her clients with a legal dexterity that few lawyers possess. It was good to catch up with Penny on this podcast and I think you’ll enjoy hearing her story.
For this 100th episode of the Next Lawyer Up podcast, I was fortunate to have attorney Ben Meiselas from Los Angeles join me. What I discovered on this podcast is that Ben has done a lot of notable work in our country in a very short period of time, as he is only in his mid-thirties! Ben is a law partner with famed attorney Mark Geragos of the Geragos and Geragos law firm where he heads up the firm’s civil law practice. Among his notable clients and cases, Ben has represented quarterback Colin Kaepernick and also serves as lead counsel in the Fyre Festival class action case. As if his legal work wasn’t enough to keep him busy, you may have heard of Ben’s “part time job” as founder of the Meidas Touch PAC, which he formed with his brothers at the start of the pandemic. Ben, as you’ll hear, is energetic, humble and gracious and he was also awarded the 2019 Variety Impact Lawyer of the Year award. I think you’ll enjoy hearing his story on this 100th episode of the Next Lawyer Up podcast.
Coby Boswell is one of the founding partners of the NxStep Family Law firm located in Huntsville, Alabama. With a bachelors and masters degree in economics, Coby and his firm diversified awhile back and now run a criminal defense practice as well. Coby comes from a long line of lawyers covering at least 100 years of practicing law in Alabama. I learned on this podcast that Coby started his career out of college as a real estate agent and then diverted to law school when the great recession occurred in our country. Coby is very active performing pro bono legal work in our community and is an avid participant with the Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program where he also serves as a board member of the organization. It was good to get to know him better on this podcast.