John Morgan was a classmate of mine at the University of Florida Law School. He is three years older than me and a century wiser when it comes to law. John Morgan is a leader and a visionary. I could tell this quickly after I first met him when we were law students at the University of Florida. He is still the same person, and personally I feel we are all better for John’s dedication and contribution to law.
John Morgan was not the first lawyer to advertise after the 1977 Supreme Court case of Bates v. State Bar of Arizona, 433 US 350 (1977), which allowed lawyer advertising. But in my opinion, John Morgan is the best advertising lawyer. He is really brave by suggesting that “bigger is better.”; If John Morgan were to run for governor of Florida, I would vote for him. John Morgan has a heart of gold and is a self-starter entrepreneur, which is what we need in this country. I am proud to be his classmate and consider him a friend. He has left his mark on the law and given justice to many who otherwise could not afford it.
Friends push and trick each other. I posted a Facebook photo of me on my sailboat Merlin (named “Merlin” 40 years before I bought her) after I finally got the sailboat’s steering fixed, saying:
“Fun day in sunny Southern California. The steering is fixed. Next stop is San Francisco for the Rolex Big Boat Series.”
John Morgan wrote in response:
Those who know me know that I grew up in humble beginnings – perhaps not as humble as John Morgan, but there was no silver spoon in my mouth. My father was a career soldier in the Coast Guard. In my books I have admitted that I did not want to follow his career because military officers earned so little money and were forced to be away from their families for years. My books speak of my appreciation that Yacht Clubs allow honorary fees and reduced fees for military families. Sailing comes naturally to me because people found a way to allow people like me to participate regardless of income.
So I answered my friend John Morgan:
“Shows you have no idea about sailboat racing. Maybe I can teach you to sail a boat one day? My first business was teaching kids when I was a teenager. Lots of fun and people of all ages and incomes love the thrill of being on the water. Cheers!”
My first real job and business was teaching others to sail on St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club in Panama City, Florida, when I was 15 years old. Here’s a picture of what a skinny kid who loved racing sailboats looked like back when all I cared about was sailing and winning sailing races:
To this day, I would love to take anyone on a sailboat to experience the wind in their hair, the sun on their face, and the movement of water on their body from a foiled boat above and below the water moving their boat forward. There is no other similar sensation on the planet.
I think it has been for the best that I became a person dedicated solely to the interests of the policyholders rather than a yachtsman. This is way before advertising attorneys who now claim all kinds of false things about their ability to be experts in this area of property insurance law. There are many “Pretenders Not Contenders” in this area of law due to advertising.
John Morgan is a genuine person and friend that I need to get on board a sailboat. He was able to influence many more to the joy of sailing.
If I want to pad the record, just fight pretenders, get a quick paycheck and keep going and get wins, that’s not something I want to be known for.
– Mikey Garcia