Lerch, Early & Brewer Chtd.
Mike Goecke didn’t grow up in a family of lawyers or know anyone in the profession. His view was shaped through books and movies like “To Kill A Mockingbird,” “Anatomy of a Murder” and “A Civil Action.”
With a love of writing and debate, he decided to become a lawyer because he knew the job would be interesting, have the ability to provide for a family and could help the community.
A litigation partner with Lerch, Early & Brewer Chtd. in Bethesda, Goecke’s practice handles a range of business and tort matters.
“As a professional, you want to help people,” he said. “Whether it’s for your paying clients or your pro-bono clients, you want to help solve their problems. When you can do that and help people get through a difficult situation, it’s incredibly rewarding and satisfying.”
Goecke performs around 100 hours of pro bono work a year. Since 2011, he has volunteered his time as Montgomery County Bar Foundation pro bono committee chair and a member of the Maryland Standing Committee on Pro Bono.
“I’ve been able to sustain a commitment to pro bono throughout my 18 year career so far and I have been fortunate that I have worked at firms that supported it and embraced it,” he said.
Goecke recently explained his job to his 7-year-old daughter and how he tries to help people in need. When they were walking down the street one day, the two saw a homeless man. She realized that Goecke’s job could help the man.
“It makes me proud of what I do,” he said recalling the memory. “I feel like I am setting a good example for my kids. One day I am going to be done with all of this, I want to be able to look back on it and not just look at the good briefs that I wrote and the cases that I won, but I want to be proud of what I did for a living and something my kids can be proud of, too.”