What has been the biggest turning point in your career?
After Hurricane Katrina, I received a call from the City Attorney’s office in New Orleans while in Houston informing me that I had been designated essential and that I was to return to the city immediately. I returned to a city that was decimated. At night, the once lively city filled with laughter and crowds was dark and quiet and, because of the condition of my home, I lived on a cruise ship. At that time, I was responsible for litigation, but with no court, I questioned what I would be doing. However, because I had knowledge of the various departments’ operations I was able to assist the rebuilding of the City. The daily interaction assisting citizens and business owners to get back home was life-changing for me.
What’s your best advice for clients embarking on a legal journey?
When seeking legal counsel, most likely there is already a matter or issue that is the cause of stress for the client, whether business or personal. Find an attorney that gives you confidence and relieves some of the burden.
How did you decide to go down the path of being a lawyer?
Growing up, I was always up for a debate and that carried on through college and into law school.
What is your motivation for going on in spite of adversity?
Every problem and issue has a solution regardless of the facts and situation; therefore, I remain positive while working to solve the problem of my clients.
What has been your compass in life?
My faith in God. I believe that everything will work out.
How do you like to navigate tough decisions?
When I am faced with a challenge, I take a step back, because quick responses are not always the best especially when dealing with complicated issues. I like to develop a strategy at the outset and constantly review it and make necessary changes as the matter develops.
Who/what has helped you most along your professional journey?
There have been many individuals that have helped me including other attorneys, my friends, and family; that support base along with remaining optimistic fuels my journey.
What do clients need to know most before deciding on any particular direction?
Clients need to understand and agree with the strategy and, equally as important, have an alternative based upon possible outcomes.
What is your proudest legal legacy?
My reputation in New Orleans is that of a problem solver, which I earned during my years at the City Attorney’s office by helping citizens accomplish their goals. The best part of my job is I get to serve my clients, in the same way, every day working for them.
What differentiates you from other lawyers?
I listen to my clients to assess their needs and provide solutions. The majority of the time when a potential client needs a consultation, they don’t need to be retold the problem again, they want a solution.