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After 31 years at Shulman Rogers, Michael V. Nakamura considers the most basic part of his job the most important: “providing help and guidance to clients to obtain the best possible result for them and their families.”

A shareholder and chair of the Potomac law firm’s personal injury and medical malpractice department, Nakamura has made a name for himself as a compassionate advocate for victims’ rights in situations involving personal injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice.

Nakamura is among a group of court-appointed, volunteer lawyers who serve on the Character Committee of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals of Maryland. The distinguished committee reviews the character and fitness of applicants.

What is one aspect of your profession you would like to change?
I would like to replace obsolete and outdated technical requirements which can delay the legal process for the public. Better implementation of new and improved technology would dramatically increase the efficiency and speed with which the legal process moves forward.

If you weren’t in this industry, what would you be doing?
If I weren’t practicing law, I would be a musician – my guitar and I would be making music from coast to coast! I play as often as I can, both solo and in a band and serve on the board of directors for the Rock and Roll for Children Foundation.