What areas of Law do you practice?
What is it about these areas of legal practice that bring you to work every day?
The human contact. I represent people who have difficulties and it’s rewarding to feel like I’m making a difference in their lives and helping them navigate difficult personal issues. With Family Law, much of what I do involves child custody and visitation. The law is very simple in custody matters: “the best interest of the child”. I’ve always enjoyed working with children - much of my volunteer work throughout my life has been to benefit children. So, it’s natural for someone who enjoys working with kids to want to work in this area of law to benefit children.
With Personal Injury, it’s also about the impact I can make in someone’s life. In PI, through no fault of their own, people find themselves dealing with unanticipated and undeserved adversity that not only affects them, but their family as well. It is rewarding to help an individual whose family has been financial devastated to get back on their feet.
What do you like most about law?
I like the challenge of working the law to positively impact the lives of my clients. Litigation can be adversarial, but because I know the law, I can help my clients fix their problems and get them through difficult times. This fuels me again and again, similar to the way that winning fuels a competitive spirit in sports.
What is it like working at the Davies, Barrell, Will, Lewellyn & Edwards law firm?
The nature of my practice and the nature of our practice at DBWLE is that we are a problem-solving practice. We deal in the practical more than the theoretical. For many, the practice of law is an academic exercise, but here it has practical application to the end goal of helping our clients.
While we have diverse interests at the firm, our common interest is using our legal skillset and training to benefit the community and members of the community whom we represent.
What advice do you have for someone who is looking for a lawyer?
Make sure you are able to communicate with your attorney to ensure that there is a mutual understanding of what goals are desired and what goals can be achieved. Good communication is essential to getting the best outcome for your situation.