Welcome to “Marginal Interests,” a series highlighting the varied reading habits of the local comp community. This time, we spoke to Trey Mustian, attorney with Stanga & Mustian and President of Louisiana Workers’ Advocates.
Comp Blog: What’s the best book you’ve read recently and what spoke to you about it?
Mustian: I would say the best book I have read in recent years was The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. It is a book that is funny, poignant and has a very engaging story. She is one of my very favorite authors.
Comp Blog: What’s your favorite book of all time? Why?
Mustian: The Catcher in the Rye. This is probably the only book that I have read multiple times. It is clever, but also tells the story of someone who has tried to do the right thing while plagued with many problems. For some reason this book just really speaks to me.
Comp Blog: Any favorite literary characters either from childhood or now?
Mustian: From childhood I really like Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer and Dr. Dolittle.
Comp Blog: Favorite author right now?
Mustian: That is a difficult one. As I mentioned earlier, I love Barbara Kingsolver. I also adore Stephen King and John Grisham. I have read everything John Grisham has ever written and I have read a tremendous amount of Stephen King beginning about 5 years ago. I am currently working on The Dark Tower series and am up to number five of seven volumes.
Comp Blog: Are there any books that you return to again and again?
Mustian: As I mentioned before, I have read The Catcher in the Rye multiple times. I have also read To Kill a Mockingbird two or three times.
Comp Blog: What genres do you gravitate to the most?
Mustian: I am a voracious reader and always have been. I read about history, spirituality, mystery, adventure, politics – just about anything to keep my mind off of practicing law.
Comp Blog: What is your book collection like (paper or digital, organized or chaotic, etc.)?
Mustian: Like most other things in my life, my book collection is chaotic. I have a tremendous number of paper books in my home that my wife is constantly scheming to donate or otherwise remove. Lately, I have gravitated more towards reading on Kindle, mainly because I can adjust the print to a larger size, accommodating for my rapidly advancing age.
Comp Blog: Any favorite bookstores you’ve encountered?
Mustian: I don’t really go to bookstores. I normally order books from Amazon.
Comp Blog: How do you think reading benefits your personal and/or professional life?
Mustian: I think that reading opens one’s mind because it requires imagination – there is nothing thrown in front of you on a screen – the activity all occurs in your brain. That has opened up an entire world to me. Further, reading has taught me words and words are what I employ to earn my living. I kill my opponent with words. I advise and soothe my client with words. I can think of nothing more important for a lawyer than being familiar with and having the ability to use words. And you only get those from reading.
Trey Mustian is originally from Paducah, Kentucky. He attended Murray State University and graduated in 1978 with a B.A. in Political Science. He then attended Tulane University School of Law where he graduated cum laude in 1981. While in law school, he clerked for his now partner, Alonzo “Lonnie” Stanga and then joined the firm following graduation from Tulane. Mustian was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar in October 1981 and has had a general civil practice since that time, concentrating in personal injury, worker’s compensation and Social Security disability law. Mustian is a frequent lecturer at workers’ compensation seminars and is a past chairman of the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association workers’ compensation section. Mr. Mustian has extensive trial experience, having tried hundreds of personal injury and worker’s compensation cases. He is “AV” peer-rated in the nationwide Martindale Hubbell legal directory.