John Carroll Magazine

Tim Misny, a prominent personal injury attorney, isn’t a mean guy. His concern for others’ welfare and the way he approaches law has been influenced heavily by Fr. Woelfl, S.J., the founder of the political science department at John Carroll University.

On the first day of Misny’s political science class, Fr. Woelfl wrote “politics is the art of compromise” on the chalkboard. Misny immediately realized he was in the presence of greatness and at that point, the priest became his personal guru and remained in that capacity for 33 years.

“I took every class Fr. Woelfl taught,” says Misny, who graduated with a 3.9 GPA as a political science/prelaw student.

The 6-foot 5-inch attorney still reflects on the Jesuit influence.

“It’s not just about doing the right thing, it’s your rationale and how you think through the decisions you make and the basis for those decisions.”

Misny hopes to inspire others the way Fr. Woelfl inspired him and to pass on the Jesuit priest’s legacy to his 3-year-old son.

“I intend to tell Max all about Fr. Woelfl,” he says.

“Maybe one day, Max, too, when confronted with a moral dilemma, will ask himself, ‘What would Fr. Woelfl do?’”