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Personal profile: Evan Stone

Name: Evan F. Stone

Occupation: founding partner, Stone & Vaughan PLLC


Birth date and place: Feb. 6, Houston

Family: wife, Merritt; stepson, Aidan; stepdaughter, Amadea; daughter, Astrid

The one thing I enjoy most about my work is: vindicating the unfair exploitation of photography, motion pictures, songwriting and other arts.

My business philosophy is: Be reasonable in litigation, be reasonable in billing, be reasonable in staying focused on what really matters in a case, and be reasonable in giving clients realistic expectations, even if that means losing their business.

If I could, I’d be a: music video director.

I’m so sick of: Internet service providers turning a blind eye to illegal file-sharing.

The four guests at my fantasy dinner party would be: computer game designer Richard Garriott, copyright law authority David Nimmer (judges ask him if their rulings are correct), entrepreneur Richard Branson and novelist Merritt Tierce (because she’s the interesting one and makes me look good).

My hobbies are: software development, video production and blowing fire.

The last book I read was: REAMDE by Neal Stephenson.

My worst habit is: talking too much.

Nobody knows I: used to hop freight trains and ride across Texas.

The person I most admire is: legal scholar James McGrath.

My guilty pleasure is: playing video games (Minecraft, Mario Bros. and World of Warcraft).

My favorite restaurant is: Angry Dog.

I’m happiest when: I’m admiring a group accomplishment with friends or colleagues.

If I won the lottery, here’s what I’d do just for me: Build the world’s largest music video museum/bar/arcade here in Denton.

If I could change one thing about Denton, it would be: bring back The Flying Tomato.

When I retire, I plan to: produce music videos.