Clint Woodfin is in the Chatroom

Clint Woodfin is in the Chatroom

Clint Woodfin is in the Chatroom

Age: 43.

Occupation: Managing member of Spicer, Rudstrom, PLLC, a law firm in Knoxville.

Family: Married for 18 years to Michelle. They have two children, Katie, 14, and Sammi, 10.

Clint Woodfin is honest about his ability as a dancer.

Woodfin, president of the Appalachian Ballet Board of Trust, is a lawyer by day and, as of Friday night, Feb. 18, a dancer by night. Woodfin will be joining other community members at center stage for the Appalachian Ballet’s fundraiser “Dancing With Our Stars.”

The second annual event, held at the Clayton Center for the Arts, pairs men in the community with senior members of the ballet company. They work on different dances and then “compete” by performing their dance at the fundraising party.

With that in mind, Woodfin says he probably should leave the “Most embarrassing moment” Chat Room question blank for right now.

“It may be coming Friday night, Feb. 18,” he quips.

Woodfin is a Virginia Beach native who moved to this area to attend the University of Tennessee Law School in Knoxville and stayed. He and his wife, Michelle, met while in college.

“We met at Desperados. It was one of the first country dance bars in Knoxville. I heard her talking, and she had a northern accent. I had lived part of my life in New Jersey, so we struck up a conversation,” he says.

The couple dated 18 months and married. Michelle works for Straight Up, a firm that teaches servers and bartenders how to check for proper identification when they’re serving alcohol. “She is also on the board of Family Promise here in Blount County. They find housing for the homeless. I’m real proud of her,” he says.

Woodfin got involved with the ballet company about six years ago when his oldest daughter started dance class at Van Metre School of Dance, home of Appalachian Ballet. “My neighbor was on their board of directors and recommended I join. I started on the board and really fell in love with what Appalachian Ballet does for this community,” he says.

When Woodfin isn’t working with the ballet company, he enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, walking their dog and watching professional football. His favorite team is the New York Giants, and he is an Eli Manning fan.

But when he takes to the dance floor Friday, he says he will be out of his element. “I’ve never done anything that was considered to be a formal dance routine in front of a live audience. This is something new for me.”

Here is Clint Woodfin:

What is your favorite quote from television or a movie?

“There’s one from the movie ‘Ferris Bueler’s Day Off,’ in which he says, ‘Life moves pretty fast, and if you don’t stop to take a look, you’ll miss something.’ I always say that to my kids. I want them to make sure, as they are growing up, they are aware of all the things this community has to offer.”

What are you guilty of?

“At times I press people too hard to try and find an answer. Professionally, that is a good thing. Personally, it is not so good. Kids don’t appreciate a good cross-examination.”

What is your favorite material possession?

“My iPhone. I hate to say that because I never thought I’d be a technology geek. I can’t live without that thing. It gives you immediate answers with email and Internet access.”

What are you reading currently?

“I’m looking at hundreds of pages of records on a person suing one of my clients.”

What are the top three things on your bucket list?

“Ski in the Alps, gamble in Monte Carlo, surf the North Shore in Hawaii.”

What is one word others often use to describe you and why?

“Considerate. I always try to understand and gauge how what I do affects other people.”

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

“I’d be a good dancer.”

What is your passion?

“I guess it is one I share with my spouse: Making sure our kids have the best life possible.”

With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?

“Probably my paternal grandfather, Ollie Clinton Woodfin, Sr. I never knew him. He died when my dad was 6 years old, but I would like to tell him what a good job my dad, Ollie Clinton Woodfin Jr., has done.”

If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?

“I think I’d go back to around 1790 or 1791 and talk to the founding fathers about all the ways our constitution has been interpreted over past 220 years.”

What is the best present you ever received in a box?

“My mom gave me a Mont Blanc pen after I graduated law school.”

What was your most embarrassing moment?

“In high school, we had just beaten a team in tournament basketball. I ran out of locker room, got on the bus and started screaming and hooting and hollering about our win. I was on the other team’s bus. I thought they were going to kick my butt.”

What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?

“Even when you’re down and out, never give up.”

Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why?

“I’d say my wife. She keeps my feet on the ground.”

Do you Myspace, Facebook or Twitter?

“Facebook. It is nice to connect with friends I’ve lost touch with.”

What’s the worst job you have ever had?

“Picking tomatoes at Bay Breeze Farms in Virginia Beach when I was 17. It was the hottest part of the summer, and you would sweat green from getting those plants on you. It was terrible.”

What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why?

“I liked ‘Super Friends.’ All the heroes got together and defeated the bad guy.”

What irritates you?

“People who do not tell the truth.”

What’s one place in Blount County everyone should visit?

“Clayton Center for the Arts to see not only the beauty of the building itself but also all the richness that our community has to offer in the way of performing arts.”

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself at 18?

“Save more money.”

What is your greatest fear?

“Snakes, hands down. I have this innate fear of all types of snakes.”

I still can’t quite get the hang of…

“My dance routine.”

If you could do one impulsive thing, what would it be?

“Gather up a few friends and get on a plane to Vegas.”

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