After 17 years contained in the Beltway at Williams & Connolly, Alex Romain is absolutely ensconced in Southern Californian dwelling. A companion at Hueston Hennigan in Los Angeles, Romain might be finest often known as one of many legal professionals who received the conviction voided and indictment dismissed in opposition to the late Sen. Ted Stevens in 2009, amid allegations—later discovered true—of prosecutorial misconduct within the gift-disclosure case.
Romain, 47, his spouse Melissa, his son Aidan, 10, his daughter Olivia, 8, and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Beignet have lived in Santa Monica since 2016, a transfer they determined to make after he and his household “fell in love with Southern California,” he stated. Their house is a few 45-minute commute to Romain’s L.A. workplace, the place he heads the agency’s skilled legal responsibility and protection observe.
Right here’s what Romain’s typical workday seems to be like.
Early Risers I rise up at 5. OK, to be truthful, I rise up at 5:15. I hit the snooze and provides myself an additional 5 minutes at the very least 3 times. Each of our children are inclined to rise up at 5:15 or 5:30. Due to my schedule, I find yourself spending most of my time with my children within the morning. We’ve got three actions between 5:30 and seven within the morning that we rotate. We don’t do all three issues day by day. One is swimming. My son swims. We’ve got a pool that’s actually two blocks from our home. We’ll try this three or 4 occasions per week. Along with that we’ve got French courses that we do. I’m Haitian-American, born in Haiti. French was my first language. I spend a half hour doing French-related workout routines with them. It’s a cultural connection. The third factor pertains to piano. I’ll assist them to observe the piano.
No Excuses I depart to get to the fitness center at about 7:30. I work with a private coach at Equinox in Santa Monica. I began figuring out within the morning as a result of I wished to verify I eradicated any excuses. It simply places taking good care of figuring out first. I additionally realized nobody is sitting by the cellphone ready for me to be in workplace. I can select methods to modify by schedule in a manner that makes it work for me.
Gasoline and Threads For breakfast, I usually attempt to seize one thing that’s small, like a banana and a [protein] bar. I’m not an enormous espresso drinker. I often put on a go well with with no tie on a mean day, if I’m not assembly a shopper. I’ve been capable of finding a tailor who tends to come back by way of from Hong Kong. He makes my fits for me. They’re not solely tailor-made good but in addition less expensive. He additionally makes my shirts.
Commuting Counselor My commute is usually 45 minutes, on common. I drive a Vary Rover. It’s darkish grey. I take advantage of my commute as effectively as attainable. I attempt to at all times schedule calls, particularly for my shoppers on the East Coast.
On the Workplace I establish the three most essential issues I wish to obtain that day. I attempt to actually spotlight the issues that actually should be addressed. By laying out the priorities in the beginning of the day, then on the finish of the day I really feel like the principle issues have been finished. My fascinated about my job is that I want to have the ability to take the issues that shoppers have and attempt to take it off of their plate as a lot as attainable, to make them really feel calm. A part of doing that’s systematically transferring issues ahead—one process at a time, someday at a time. That helps me and the shopper.
Relationships There may additionally be one factor throughout my day that’s type of relationship-focused—being in contact with somebody past particular authorized work. It may be taking a teenager I’ve met who’s in search of a mentorship to lunch or might be calling somebody and simply asking how they’re doing. This stuff are targeted on taking the time to construct a relationship.
Quiet Hour I often may have [some] studying to do, whether or not it’s briefs or memos or letters, and I attempt to try this as successfully as attainable. I don’t spend all of my time on electronic mail. I discover quiet time to learn with out making an attempt to do 20 various things at one time. Relatively than responding always, I lay out chunks of time to assessment my emails.
Quitting Time I usually get dwelling at about 7:30. My spouse is a superb cook dinner and she or he likes to cook dinner. She is the rock of our household. She works extremely arduous to maintain every thing collectively. We end dinner round 8:30. I’m nearly at all times doing extra work. One of many key objectives for me is said to electronic mail administration—ensuring I’ve addressed all of the emails that I’ve obtained.
Downtime I wish to take a break, to simply unwind on the finish of the day. I could also be watching a present. “Homeland” is an important a part of our lives. I’ll get on the piano and play slightly and observe. I usually get to mattress by 11 or 11:30.