Randal Brotherhood takes his work wherever he goes.
“I don’t start at 9 and go home at 5,” he said. “I work at client locations. And, I almost hate to say it, but the closest I come to vacation is moving it down to half days; then I can walk out my office door in the woods and I can do the things my kids like to do.”
That intense availability for his business clients is made possible by Brotherhood’s arsenal of technology, including: his laptop, iPad, iPhone, home server, and a smattering of printers and scanners, just in case.
“I use technology aggressively,” said Brotherhood, a partner for almost 25 years at Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols SC, Milwaukee.
It allows him to keep in touch 24-7 with clients including tax-exempt organizations and national associations, while still spending time with his wife and five sons.
“It’s a challenge,” Brotherhood said. “I try to be an active dad, and there are only so many hours in the day.
“And to be in private practice and do it properly, it’s just time consuming. It presupposes a certain amount of ambition.”
Ambition, it seems, is something Brotherhood certainly has, or at least a lot of energy, since he starts his workdays at 6 a.m., even on Saturdays.
He’s served as chairman of boards for the Wauwatosa Library Board and American Heart Association. And he’s currently an officer of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s’ Business Law section.
Yet, Brotherhood always makes time for others, said Josh Welsh, a fellow shareholder, who joined the firm in 2003.
“Randy Brotherhood is, quite simply, the nicest person you might ever meet,” Welsh said. “He’s just one of those guys who is kind of warm and inviting. I see why clients are drawn to him.
“You can tell there’s no personal agenda. He just really cares about people and lives to do the right things by them.”
That means remaining committed to his family and his clients.
“The thing I like about transactional law, working with clients and dealing with transactions, is it’s more collaborative,” Brotherhood said. “Some of my clients, I started representing years ago when they were just starting out.
Some of them, I’ve even worked with them to sell their businesses and exit.
“We’ve grown together. It’s one of the things I like most about what I do.”