What has been the biggest turning point in your career?
While working a case an attorney told me it was better because the person who had passed was “cheaper dead than alive.” Around this same time, I also began to realize many of the attorneys representing individuals were not detail oriented, not prepared and often sold their clients short because they were stretched thin. It’s these factors which served as a turning point in my career. I made a promise to myself to be a lawyer who could deliver a different kind of service. One who put the human aspects first, and one who gave individuals the fighting chance they deserved against larger corporations and insurance companies.
What’s your best advice for clients embarking on a legal journey?
Be a team with your attorney.
How did you decide to go down the path of being a lawyer?
It felt like a natural calling considering my strengths in writing and communication, coupled with my desire to help others in times of need.
What is your motivation for going on in spite of adversity?
I believe our time here on earth is limited, and we will receive a reward for the work done here whether realized in this lifetime or not.
What has been your compass in life?
My faith in God to provide divine guidance.
How do you like to navigate tough decisions?
By first gathering as much information as possible. I believe no decision is good unless it is properly informed, and this cannot be done without first conducting a thorough and detailed examination. This often requires research and investigation with attention to detail.
What has helped you most along your professional journey?
The support of my family. While I have had many great professional mentors, my biggest help has been those who love me. Their belief in me and their moral support have helped me stand firm in my convictions.
What do clients need to know most before deciding on any particular direction?
Life will always bring curve balls, but it doesn’t mean you have to swing at them. There are options. Find someone willing to actually take the time to sit down with you and discuss them. No good decision was ever made in haste.
What is your proudest legal legacy?
Helping and advising younger lawyers who come to me for advice. The profession is only as good as those who comprise it. Handing down hard lessons learned so other lawyers can perfect their craft in turn results in me leaving a legacy bigger than myself.