Growing up, I watched my father work countless jobs, start his own business, raise a family, and somehow manage to get through law school, too. His work ethic was so incredible that I couldn’t help but want to follow in his footsteps. Then, when his graduation from law school happened to coincide with a time of uncertainty in my own life — my first year out of high school, I took it as a sign and went after a legal career of my own.
Four decades as an attorney have most certainly influenced my perspective on conflict. In my particular areas of law, for instance — family law and personal injury — people come to me in both literal and figurative pain. They’re hurting, they’re frustrated, and they just want to get something back for all the trouble they’ve gone through. When I think about it, I know that I used to view disputes in the same way. Now, though, I like to focus on paving the way for my client to not only reach their short-term goals, but to ultimately heal, as well. That’s why, as we work together, I strive to be the listener they deserve, the advocate they need, and the friend they didn’t expect to get when they sought out my services.
When it’s all said and done, the best days at work for me are those when my client can look forward with a sense of relief and closure.