Name: Mickey Gayler
Date and Place of Birth: 1/31/54 - Phoenix, Arizona
Family: Married, 2 children, 1 grandchild
Education: A.B., Occidental College, 1975
Master of Clowning, Ringling Bros. Clown College
J.D., Vanderbilt Law School, 1989
Firm Name: Law Office of Michael L. Gayler, PLLC
Member of Collaborative Divorce Texas since: 2008
I started practicing Collaboratively because: It just made too much sense not to.
What I like best about this job: Not having to do much by the Rules of Civil Procedure.
My hobbies are: Tennis; Shooting Sporting Clays; Movies; Music
My last meal would consist of: Popcorn and laughter
My favorite restaurant is: The Oyster Bar in Grand Central Terminal in NYC.
The most interesting thing I have ever done is: Join the Circus for two years.
The two greatest influences of my life have been: My grandfather, David Ginsburg, who taught me to play chess; The Beatles, who taught me the language of music.
I drive a: 1999 Lexus GS 350
I wish I drove a: 2017 Lexus anything
I am currently reading: The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
Favorite book: Dune by Frank Herbert
Favorite song: I Met A Boy Named Frank Mills from Hair
Favorite band/musician: James Taylor
4 Fantasy dinner guests – (living or dead): Albert Einstein, Robin Williams, Nora Ephron and Elizabeth Warren
Favorite quote: Illegitimati Non Carborundum
My friends say my greatest asset is: Ability to communicate.
The most important advice I could give a teenager is: Grow up and don’t hurt anyone while doing it.
My best advice to divorcing couples is: Try to be patient with each other.
My favorite vacation is: Ocean cruising or sailing.
My mentor was: Jimmy Jalenak, Yale Law ’65. When asked to list his club affiliation for the Yale Law School Directory wrote: “Sam’s Club”
I handle stress by: Taking deep breaths, juggling and listening to Bach.