What has been the biggest turning point in your career?
A random encounter with a former juror on a case, who shared her views on the trial. She told me it was clear that I cared more about the case than the lawyers on the other side. I use to think I was too wrapped up in my cases as a young lawyer but this confirmed for me that nothing was wrong with that level of passion in court.
What’s your best advice for clients embarking on a legal journey?
Ask the tough questions. Have as many difficult conversations as needed. Never leave a meeting, phone call or court date confused, meaning ask as many questions you need to understand what’s going on. Make sure you hire a lawyer with the patience and desire for clients to understand a very unique process.
How did you decide to go down the path of being a lawyer?
From what I have been told by family and friends, I have always been fighting and advocating for others, so I suppose getting a law license was a natural path.
What is your motivation for going on in spite of adversity?
Adversity is truly a storm. It is only occurring in a specific space for a finite time and if you keep pressing forward, you will get past that storm to get to the sunshine.
What has been your compass in life?
How do you like to navigate tough decisions?
Before I open my mouth about something important, I pray that ‘ I may decrease, so that God many increase inside of me’
Who/what has helped you most along your professional journey?
Looking for creative strategies to tough cases and not being tied to old ideas or thoughts.
What do clients need to know most before deciding on any particular direction?
They need to know everything… ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’ as well as their lawyer’s ‘plan A, plan B , … ‘
What is your proudest legal legacy?
Winning cases that other lawyers turned away because they thought they were un-winnable.
What differentiates you from other lawyers?
I operate from a place of fearlessness, when fighting for my clients, because frankly, they deserve no less than that. Many cases represent a major life moment for our clients.