Swaab 2022 Lawyer Interview Series | Tony D’Agostino
Welcome to the first of our Swaab 2022 Lawyer Interview Series | Tony D’Agostino:
Why did you become a lawyer?
I liked the idea of problem solving, engagement with clients and being valued. I must admit that the notion that lawyers were highly regarded in society was also a motivating factor. Over the journey, I have obtained immense satisfaction from the feeling of adding value to a transaction.
It was clear from my knowledge of the firm and further enquiries of colleagues in law that the firm was highly regarded for giving quality service and for being people first. This was substantiated by the interview process. The lived experience for 10 years is that all of that was true. The collegiate approach, the focus on providing great client outcomes and the great culture that prioritises people’s wellbeing and advancement are the hallmarks of the firm.
What’s your best memory or client success?
I don’t think I can put my finger on my best matter, best outcome or best experience in the law. However, whenever I feel I have achieved a great outcome for a client and added significant value that is possibly “better than the next guy” I get great satisfaction. Most of the time this is not regarding a legal aspect, but rather a combination of strategic and legal involvement.
Who has been your greatest influence?
My father was a big influence on me. His important messages from my earliest memories was to carry yourself with integrity, be kind, giving and considerate and be community focused.
I have learnt to better at applying my profession from many clients and senior lawyer mentors. Not surprisingly, they have the values that I have mentioned above. Along the way, I have learnt as much about how to be better at what I do from clients as mentor solicitors.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I follow AFL and go to most games. I love listening to music and going to live performances. I enjoy bike riding. I also enjoy following the pursuits of my 2 boys (11 and 16).