Getting to know bay area attorney Jay Hebert with this week's 10 questions

Are you ever curious about the real lives of politicians, celebrities, local newsmakers and athletes? Who are their mentors and who would they really like to meet?

Each Tuesday, ABC Action News asks 10 questions of a Bay area leader or celebrity. They're fun questions that let you get to know the person.

This week we are thrilled to hear from prominent attorney Jay Hebert.

During my more than decade in the bay area, I have interviewed Hebert numerous times on his many high profile cases.

There are two cases in particular that resonate with me and that I feel really affected him. The viewers also responded.

First, a case dubbed a love triangle gone tragic.

It dealt with two young girls in love with the same boy. One of the girls, Sarah Ludemman died, the other Rachel Wade was sentenced to 27 years in prison.

But, it's a case out of the more than two hundred Hebert has handled in his nearly two decades as an attorney that impacted him the most.

Why? He said social media allowed this feud to get as far as it did.

He is a lawyer, but his most important job is as a father to two children. Hebert said this case haunted him. So now, he also spends his time going to local schools and educating teens about the dangers of social media and bullying.

This particular case was picked up by 20/20 and most recently the show "Snapped" on the Oxygen Network. I was also interviewed for the one hour program that is expected to air in October of 2012.

It's only one of the cases that has drawn national attention and has brought Hebert to a classroom.

He harbored a horrible secret.  While a massive search was going on for Rosemary Christensen,  a beloved Pinellas county realtor,  he knew she was dead, stabbed multiple times and buried where no one was meant to find her.

In his first television interview, Hebert shared with me the burden of living up to a lawyer's oath.

"As a result of this, you can't really make this up, this is real life in the real world," Hebert said. "This is probably the hardest example of how the attorney client privilege can be to a lawyer. I have been contacted by a lot of different schools, law schools and school of journalism."

Hebert knew Christensen  was killed by her husband, Robert Temple. He knew because Temple's mistress, Leslie Stewart, confided in him in 1999.

Nearly a decade later, after Stewart had a change of heart,  Hebert was able to reveal the secret and help solve one of Pinellas County's biggest mysteries.

He even testified in Temple's trial and helped secure a guilty verdict.

One of his more recent cases involved  tow truck driver Donald Montanez. Who initially claimed self defense but was found guilty of manslaughter and third degree felony murder.

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1. What is your all time favorite movie or song?
Good Fellas or Rudy. As far as music jazz or anything by Jimmy Buffett

2. Do you have a Smartphone? If so, what's your favorite app?
Blackberry. Online Poker

3. Who do you count as your mentor(s)?
My parents and believe it or not my in-laws.

4. What was your very first job?
A lifeguard.

5. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
My diet!

6. What do you consider your greatest success?  
Hopefully being a good Dad and Husband

7. Tell us something about you most people don't know?
I am a cookie monster.
 
8. If you could have dinner with any three people, living or dead, who would they be?
George Washington, Walt Disney, Hal Moore

9. What is in your fridge right now?
Thin mints and cold beer.

10. If you could have a different career, other than what you're doing now, what would it be?
Easy, Coaching College Football

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