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Steven I. Azizi is a graduate of the prestigious SCALE 2-year J.D. program at Southwestern Law School. Steven focuses on complex employment and personal injury cases. A majority of Steven’s cases involves sexual harassment, wrongful termination, whistleblower claims, and catastrophic injuries. Steven is the lead litigator and trial attorney at the law firm he founded, Miracle Mile Law Group. Miracle Mile Law Group services employees who have been wronged at the hands of greedy employers and those who have been negligently injured by others.
Before embarking on law school, Steven had aspirations of becoming a doctor. He sat for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) after graduating from University of California, San Diego in 2014 with a degree in communication and an emphasis in chemistry. However, after a period of deep soul searching, Steven concluded that his calling did not involves scalpels; he realized he could make a much greater impact in society by becoming a lawyer.
When Steven isn’t drafting motions or dealing with greedy insurance companies or employers, he enjoys spending time with family and watching his hometown Lakers play some ball.
Where did the idea for your company come from?
The idea for my law firm, Miracle Mile Law Group, came when I started law school. I always knew that I never wanted to work with large corporations. My greatest strength lies in working with those who are disadvantaged. Employees and injured parties fit exactly into this mold. My life is dedicated to representing those who have been wronged by greedy employers and negligent parties.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
I cannot and will not start my day without coffee. In the field of law, we call it our fuel. Once I get into the office around 8:00 a.m., the first thing I usually do is answer my emails. I make a concerted effort to reply to all my client’s emails when they ask for updates. My next task is to make sure any new potential clients are being treated with respect and the courtesy they deserve, even if we ultimately do not take on their case. I also make sure all of our legal staff is on top of their tasks to keep the firm running as smooth as possible.
How do you bring ideas to life?
I research immensely before I start any project. I have come to learn that in my industry there is always someone who is smarter than you, however, one thing you can control is your level of preparedness. I believe that the man upstairs gives some people more talent than others, but the real measure of success is how hard that person is willing to work to get results.
What’s one trend that excites you?
The #metoo movement would definitely have to be the most exciting trend in my field, being that I am an employment attorney. The #metoo movement has given a voice to those whose voice has been drowned out. Many women who have constantly been treated in such disgusting ways can now finally come forward with their stories. This may end up bringing a flurry of well-deserved lawsuits against some sick people.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
My work ethic. My father came here in the late seventies without a dollar in his pocket and without knowing a lick of English. He worked his tushy off to get to the point he is today. Every time I think I am slacking off or not working as hard as I could be, I think of my father. This pushes me to exert my greatest potential.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Always look for the best in people. I found myself having a lot of trust issues as a young child and now that I am older and running my own business, I’ve come to realize that by trusting people you can bring the best out of them. This leads to the greatest growth potential within your company.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
Meticulousness. Spending the extra minutes or hours to make sure everything you sign your name on is perfect goes a long way. Whether it be fixing typos in your letters, or adding an extra line of elaboration in your emails, spending the extra time to make sure your work is above average is a strong skill. On the other hand, there are people who value speed at the cost of quality. I vehemently disagree.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Wake up every morning and write down your tasks for the day and the week. DO NOT type it or just think about it in your head. Write it out. And make sure to write down your weekly goals every day too, as this will help you see what goals you’re accomplishing in the larger scheme of things.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
Digital marketing. Being that I am a lawyer, we don’t usually come into the practice of law with a technological background. So going back to school (not literally) and learning about digital marketing was one thing that helped me grow my business.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
I have had a failed business before. But nonetheless, I had short memory and went right back to my next move. Don’t let your failures define you.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
A computer-printer all-in-one
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
A yearly subscription to Spotify. Music gets me going and helps me with my work when I am facing a block.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
Adobe Sign. I often times deal with many clients and it is impossible to expect to have them come in to sign contract. Adobe Sign fixes that problem for me.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
Made in America by Sam Walton. This book showed me a true leader is not actually the star of the show, but rather a true leader discovers the star. Put strong, resourceful, and intelligent people around you and your business will flourish.
What is your favorite quote?
“Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.” – Jacob Riis
- Work hard
- Believe in yourself
- Surround yourself with stars
- Keep pace or even get ahead of the modern age and digital marketing
- Have integrity.
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.