After graduating in 1973 from the U.S. Naval Academy with an aerospace engineering degree, serving five years in the U.S. naval fleet service and earning a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1981, Jim Ewing has done a few things:
- established an intellectual property practice;
- climbed an 18,000-foot mountain; and
- created a gargoyle.
He's now working on another gargoyle, chipping away at a piece of Tate marble.
Ewing, who calls himself a "lifer" at Kilpatrick Townsend, spends most of his time these days in the firm's office in Menlo Park, Calif., working with the firm's Silicon Valley IP lawyers in the medical devices field.
His last big mountain climb was in 2004, the same year he took up sculpting. Mountain climbing, he says, is "a dormant passion" -- he's too busy in Silicon Valley to be traipsing around the world in hiking boots.
But through all these peaks and valleys he still has time for making beautiful things out of pieces of stone. And one day, he says, he will climb again.