Reagan Sahadi is a tenacious, hardworking personal injury attorney who represents clients in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases throughout Texas and the nation. Reagan Sahadi was raised in South Texas and comes from a family of entrepreneurs.
He received his bachelor’s in business administration from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2001. He then attended the University of Houston Law Center graduating in 2005. Reagan returned home to Corpus Christi, Texas and began his law practice.
Reagan Sahadi has recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients, including a $124 Million judgement against a negligent bus company in El Paso, Texas. Reagan is married to Dr. Mary Margaret Ara, M.D. and has three beautiful children. He enjoys family time, sports, working on his ranch and fishing.
Where did the idea for your career come from?
I began my law career practicing at an insurance defense firm representing businesses and individuals who were sued but backed by big corporate insurance companies. However, it wasn’t the right match for my personality.
I had lost the zealousness and passion that prompted me to go to law school in the first place. At the time, I didn’t know if I even wanted to continue practicing law.
One day, my uncle was playing golf in Houston, Texas. He hit the golf ball and was walking back to the golf cart when the earth opened underneath his feet, swallowing him up in a huge sinkhole. The only reason he was able to survive was that he extended out his right arm and shoulder to stop the fall into the depths of the sinkhole. As he reached out to save himself, he tore the ligaments in his arm and shoulder to the point where he could no longer practice dentistry.
He tried to settle the claim with the insurance company for the golf course but was not successful. He called and asked me if I could help.
It was my first personal injury case as a plaintiff’s attorney. It was then when I realized I had found my calling. I carefully worked up the case against the golf course and discovered that a drainage pipe had become detached below the surface where the sinkhole began.
I argued that that the golf course had actual knowledge of the origin of the sinkhole. After more than eight months of hard work and effort, the golf course and its insurance company settled the lawsuit.
My uncle was ecstatic and I knew that I was destined to practice personal injury law. I left the insurance defense business and went to work for a high-powered plaintiff’s firm.
I had an incredible experience working with the plaintiff’s firm in Corpus Christi, Texas. The attorneys at the firm were young, eager, aggressive, and successful. I looked forward to the opportunity to help victims get the justice and compensation they deserve, but I wanted to do it on my own.
The experience inspired me to start Sahadi Legal — to help the little guy and dream big.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
My typical day consists of reviewing our cases with the staff, taking depositions in those cases, discussing with experts their findings on those cases, and pushing or preparing those cases to be tried in court or settled.
How do you bring ideas to life?
To borrow a phrase from Nike founder Phil Knight, just do it. If you can dream it you can do it.
What’s one trend that excites you?
Practicing in states other than Texas. Specifically, helping clients no matter what state they may reside.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
I tend to overthink things. My mind will sometimes go down a rabbit hole of thought. This can be a very great asset but it can also be dangerous.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Take more chances.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Breathe. I know it sounds silly. Every job brings its daily stressors. However, if you stop to breathe it makes all the difference.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
Run lean. Keep costs in check. You don’t have to operate a fancy office or have a ton of employees to achieve success. Personal satisfaction and reward should be the benchmark of success.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
I can’t say that I have had any failures as an entrepreneur… perhaps being too aggressive.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
I bought a pair of power beats to run… they have really great sound.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
I use Go Daddy for my website. I also use a company called Muze development to help maintain the website. I love that the website looks clean, crisp, and professional.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
The Art of War by Sun Tzu. Although a military treatise written during the 6th century BC, it contains basic organic societal rules of life to follow. The military strategies and tactics are timeless and are directly applicable to life and business.
What is your favorite quote?
“It is far better to die on your feet than live on your knees” — Emiliano Zapata
- Personal satisfaction and reward should be the benchmark of success.
- If you can dream it you can do it.
- Every job brings its daily stressors. However, if you stop to breathe it makes all the difference.
Steve (Stefan) Junge hails from Germany and helps with the day-to-day publishing of interviews on IdeaMensch. While he and Mario don’t share a favorite soccer club, their enthusiasm to help entrepreneurs is a shared passion.