going to the news stations and
suggesting that the lender was the bad
guy. We were able to get it resolved. The
owner offered a public apology within 24
hours of the first news story.
The news station was in a little bit
of trouble on that, too, because they
had never even reached out to us
before airing this story. They said,
“You wouldn’t have been in the office
on Sunday.” I told them, “But I was.
You didn’t even try to call me.”
It was gratifying to see that even though
there was a management issue, a school
that had good instructors was able to
succeed and continues to this day.
Q Switching gears here, what advice would you have for someone who
was new to the industry or was thinking
about getting into it?
It would probably be get to
know people, look into certifications, and,
most importantly, always be prepared.
Q If you could start your own career over again would you
do anything differently?
I’d probably invest more
time in myself. I tend to invest a lot of
time in helping others, whether it be
clients or co-workers or community
interests. I think a lot of young attorneys
fail to focus on their own careers as
much as they should. I’d probably put
myself first more often.
Q How would you do that?
I’ve had settlement
discussions where I’ve put off family
obligations or family vacations for the
betterment of the case. For example,
there was the first time the kids in the
family would be going to Disney World.
That was a big thing that we had planned
for a year. But we were all so hot and
heavy in settlement negotiations at the
time that if I wasn’t there, we could still
be fighting today. That’s one time when I
probably should have put family first
versus the case. With respect to helping
my career, I’d spend less time in the
office when I was younger and more
time making sure people get to know the
person who’s doing the work.
Q What role has your TMA membership played in your career?
The biggest role is in
forming relationships. You get to meet
people across industry where you’ll make
connections that you wouldn’t otherwise
have. I needed, for example, an expert
who would help with a patent valuation,
and it was one of our TMA contacts who
was able to do that work for us.
Q What are you passionate about outside the office?
Mostly it’s travel. My
husband and I really like to travel. I
used to run. I’m trying to get back
into running. I have signed up for a
Q What have been some of your favorite trips? Do you have some
on the to-do list?
My favorite trips have
probably been to the Lake Geneva area of
Switzerland. I’ve enjoyed going to
Ireland, especially the remote western
parts of the country. Bora Bora was
fantastic for just a very relaxing vacation.
I’d like to spend more time in Asia. I
haven’t spent a lot of time there yet, so
that’s on the list of the trips to come.
Q Are you still doing community theater?
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