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It must be pretty cool to sign a pleading or seal a deal with a name like Michael Jordan, Steve Martin or even Marcia Brady. Texas Lawyer tried to find some of these “famous” lawyers who would agree to talk about what it’s like sharing a name with a celebrity. Here are some of their stories: MICHAEL JACKSON He’s never dangled his baby from a fourth-story balcony, and his nose is 100 percent genuine. But his name is Michael Jackson, and back in the day, he could rock like the master of moonwalk himself. Texas attorney Michael W. Jackson — “Since W. has gotten so much prominence lately, it separates me from you-know-who a little” — says sharing a name with a superstar isn’t bad. “I think he’s an interesting fellow,” the lawyer says of the pop icon. “If I had known you could make that much money from singing, I would have done that instead of going to law school.” The 51-year-old solo in San Antonio who practices litigation, family and personal-injury law calls himself an ex-rock and roller. He used to play guitar in a band and subsequently can appreciate at least one of the MJ’s songs: “Beat It,” which features a nice guitar riff by Eddie Van Halen. Attorney Jackson says his name drew more attention back in the ’80s, when the singer was at his peak. “I used to get calls at 2 or 3 in the morning, asking if Billie Jean was there; if I had my glove on; if I was really bad.” The phones calls became so disruptive that Jackson says he changed his number to an unlisted one. That evening, he got a phone call. “Did you know your number spells shit?” someone asked. “I had that number for a day,” Jackson recalls. MIKE MYERS There’s Mike Myers, and then there’s Mike Myers. And oh, yeah, then there’s the other Mike Myers. Attorney, comedian supreme and slayer. Attorney Myers says people bring up the pasty-faced killer of “Halloween” fame even more than Austin Powers himself. People snicker when they hear his name, and then the Halloween references begin, Myers says. “It’s when I’m writing a check or using a credit card,” the 35-year-old partner in Houston’s McClanahan & Clearman, who graduated from the University of Texas School of Law says. “It’s just a smirk; they’ll say something, then the conversation’s over.” Myers has heard it all, he says, adding that he doesn’t mind being compared to the one who breathed life into the likes of Dr. Evil and Fat Bastard. “I like the comedian,” he says, noting that “So I Married an Ax Murderer” is one of his favorite flicks. He doesn’t look much like him, though, “other than being relatively short and with dark hair.” JOHN SCHNEIDER He’s just a good ole boy. He’s never meanin’ no harm. He’s makin’ his way, the only way he knows how. OK, so the General Lee’s not parked in the lot at Houston’s Fulbright & Jaworski. But John Schneider works there, and every day, the senior counsel tackles intellectual property law. Sharing a name with the actor who played Bo Duke on the ’80s hit, “The Dukes of Hazzard,” has made for some pretty good stories, the 46-year-old attorney says. Right after graduating from Fordham University School of Law in New York in 1984, Schneider says he was interviewing for a job at a big firm. The interviewer asked him if he was related to the other John Schneider. “I said no. I said I thought it was a silly show.” Turns out the interviewer watched it all the time. Schneider didn’t get the job, but chalks that up to other reasons. He had another Bo Duke experience when he was in NYC in the late-1990s, when the “Dukes of Hazzard” reunion show was being aired. “Apparently, John Schneider was in New York, too,” Schneider says. And they were staying at the same hotel. “First I get his wake up call at 4 o’clock in the morning,” he says. “Then I get a call saying, ‘Your limo is ready to take you to the Morning Show.’ ” Schneider says he doesn’t get many comments these days, even though Schneider plays Superman’s dad on the WB’s “ Smallville.” CINDY CRAWFORD People like to point out how smart Cindy Crawford is. She was valedictorian of her high school class, they say. And she even went to law school. Oh wait, that law school stuff is about another Cindy Crawford, the Texas trial lawyer and South Texas College of Law grad. “I used to go by Cindy before I became a lawyer,” 45-year-old Cynthia says. “When you’re a lawyer, you spend a lot of time introducing yourself.” Crawford, who is special counsel at Baker Botts in Houston, says people still make comments, even though she uses her full name. When someone points out the name thing, she says sometimes, she likes to say, laughing, “And I look just like her.” ARTHUR ANDERSON Arthur Anderson’s assistant has fielded the calls for 13 years. She’s called the phone company repeatedly, and begged, pleaded for them to put some kind of note in their system. Arthur Anderson, Esq., is not Arthur Andersen, the accounting firm. But some people just won’t take no for an answer, says Anderson, a partner in Dallas’ Winstead Sechrest & Minick who practices zoning and land use law. “During the heyday, back when Arthur Andersen was the No. 1 accounting firm, our phones would ring off the wall during tax season.” And it didn’t help that, for a time, both Arts had Main Street addresses in Dallas. Anderson says one funny episode occurred when he was called to jury duty in the middle of the Enron collapse. The bailiff was calling out names, and “when he called out Arthur Anderson, there was dead silence,” Anderson recalls, “and everybody started laughing.” Anderson, who says it used to be a badge of honor to have the name, says the phone calls have died down substantially of late. And on a side note, coincidentally, he points out, his grandfather, Arthur Anderson, was a brilliant bookkeeper in Chicago. WILLIE NELSON When he was little, he was Willie Nelson. Now, the corporate securities lawyer at Houston’s Haynes and Boone goes by Bill, but he says the comparisons have never ceased. “You get the constant comments,” he says. Especially when he was at college and law school at the University of Texas at Austin, the 1997 law grad says people would call him. “Usually old women,” he says. “They’d be on these bus tours in the spring.” Nelson says the women refused to believe he wasn’t Willie Nelson and always tried to get him to meet them somewhere. Nelson, who says he’s a big country music fan and loves Willie, also admits his life may not be as exciting as the Red-Headed Stranger’s. “I wish I was having as much fun as ole Willie.”

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