1. What made you become a lawyer?
My desire to help clients in crisis, and to navigate their way to a better situation while protecting their rights.
2. What is it like being a woman in a male dominated field?
While the law is not male dominated, with more women graduating law school and entering the law than men. The field of family law is definitely not male dominated, in the long-term the practice becomes more male dominated when it comes to retaining women attorneys and elevating them to partner and senior leadership positions. So, there remain pioneering opportunities for women who make law a life-long career. Fortunately, I feel extremely supported by my male colleagues in those pursuits.
3. What is the most interesting case you’ve ever had?
While I will refrain from commenting on any specific case, representing children as their court-appointed attorney and advocate in contested custody cases is especially rewarding.
4. What is the hardest part of being a lawyer?
Helping clients understand a legal framework and process that often feels rigid and unfair in divorce and custody matters. And, having difficult conversations with clients about how the client’s budget for legal services affects representation decisions and important strategic decisions that are cost-driven.
5. What is the best career advice you have ever received?
Be professional and courteous with everyone – including opposing counsel and the opposing party, and every person at the courthouse.