MEET THE BARRISTER

Ask Mario how he would best describe himself, and he would likely direct you to find the definition of his name on your favorite search engine, where you will find his title literally means ‘Warring Man of Law’. But for a child growing up in The Bahamas, this was nothing but a mere afterthought when subdued by the cultural elements presented by the hustle and bustle island life in our nation’s capital of Nassau, where barefoot walks to the beach and summer boating trips was the ‘thing to do’. Notwithstanding such natural distractions, sparks of ingenuity would emerge in Mario’s early years, where a preference in literature and the social science subjects would have him reading textbooks in these topics for enjoyment rather than necessity, second of course to his dream of becoming a professional athlete, like many of the island youth. This drive would lead him back to his birthplace of Canada where his talents would be used to play american football as a student athlete in high school where he would complete his studies at Appleby College and later his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at McMaster University before finally hanging his cleats for the last time to travel to the United Kingdom to read law at the University of Buckingham.

One would expect to know the reasons for choosing a particular career path, but for Mr. McCartney it would appear that future endeavors would remain ever present in his life as far back as his early years where popular tv shows such as Perry Mason, Murder She Wrote and Matlock would echo most of the time while playing in his grandfather’s den. Or perhaps inspiration would stem from occasions when called upon to participate in public speaking debates, where fond memories of his youth would lead Mario to recollect his time in the junior high school, where he was chosen to be a lawyer in a mock trial organized by his English class which in junior high school. He was given the unbelievable task of representing a classmate who blamed an ‘alleged’ criminal act on the antics of a ‘ghost’ and was found ‘not guilty’ by his peers after passionate cross examinations and riveting speeches spoken by a 14 year old. He would think nothing of his first victory at that moment, not realizing that he would engage in similar endeavors some 15 years later, after thousands of travel miles, numerous hours of all night study sessions, and giving up television for a whole year while attending the Bar Vocational Course at Northumbria University. He would join the Middle Temple Inn and would be called to the Utter Bar of England and Wales and would return home to The Bahamas after nearly 10 years from his departure to be called to The Bahamas Bar where he would eventually establish the Firm while starting his new life as a husband and father soon after. 

There is nothing more difficult than starting a law practice from scratch while raising a young family, but for Mario, ‘difficult’ is nothing more than a mere adjective, and considers himself more along the lines of a legal strategist and problem solver, always weighing the situation, and mitigating the circumstances, while advising his client of all options without reservation. This approached would have stemmed from Mr. McCartney’s training and while volunteering his services at opportune times during his legal training, as seen while sharing his experiences as a volunteer at FCJ Hamilton House refugee project in Toronto, Canada while on break from law school, where his preparation work would be used in an immigration matter concerning an asylum application for a Middle Eastern family who was later granted asylum, leaving behind the memory of an unforgettable summer in the city for the budding scholar. 

Early in his career he would go against the status quo, having practiced for one of the larger firms, eventually coming to the decision to start Lex Justis in the 2008 year with the pioneering ambition of changing the way the law is practiced in the Bahamas. He would dispel negative undertones from naysayers with the uncanny determination to demonstrate his ability to practice and to do it exceptionally well. The law would eventually take Mr. McCartney on the road less traveled, meeting people from all around the world while providing legal commentary in internationally covered stories taking place in The Bahamas, all taking place before the age of 30. Overall he is known as a strong willed and versatile attorney on the island, always sporting a pair of aviator sunglasses and colorful attire whenever he conducts his business in the downtown district. Mario is the epitome of the world traveler, finding himself touching the far corners of the world. He has strolled the famous Orchard Road in Singapore, scaled the Great Wall of China, sampled Turkish delight in Istanbul, navigated the white water rapids by kayak in Costa Rica, whizzed around Bermuda island by scooter, with plans to add to his list of destinations in the near future.

Mario would engage an international audience in writing articles on various aspects of Bahamian law with the belief that somewhere in the world, someone would be reading. He would lead general practice with a special emphasis in corporate and commercial law, but early exposure to social injustices on the island would steer the expansion of his litigation practice involving matters relating to public law and civil rights. Fast forward some 9 years later, Lex Justis continues to thrive as an established practice in the Bahamas, welcoming clients from around the world through its doors, while gaining recognition for its outstanding services provided in the Bahamas.

Mario’s personality embodies the very definition of his name, but at home he enjoys the life of being a loving husband to his wife and a father to his son and three daughters. Whether it’s watching the same Disney movie for the 20th time, swimming lessons with his daughters at the beach, he regards himself as a family man and sports enthusiast who still enjoys weightlifting, watching the televised sports, or enjoying a Churchill and golf swing on the range. On slower days you might find Mario adding to his growing orchid of fruit trees, or perhaps the occasional fishing trip during the summer months. Overall, Mr. McCartney is a well respected professional, and on the way of becoming one of the most interesting men in the world.