I opened my law practice exactly eighteen years ago today. Unlike many of the young attorneys I admire, such as Jenny Moser, T. Ryan Phillips or Anna Galle, it wasn’t a first choice but more of a last resort. I’d been unhappy in my two previous associate positions and decided not to accept a third associate position that I didn’t think would be a good fit either. Instead, with the encouragement of William J. Hamilton, III, and Nicholas Clekis, I decided to open my own practice and see where my career developed.
Eighteen years later, it’s developed better than I had any right to hope, let alone expect. Though family law practice has its frustrations, I genuinely love what I do (I hope my blog demonstrates the joy I find in this practice) and find satisfaction in having helped many people find greater happiness and peace in their domestic relationships.
Every day I think about how lucky I am that fellow attorneys assisted me, experienced judges were patient with me, and folks in need of legal assistance were willing to trust me with their problems. If I don’t express this as often as I should, that is my failing.
So to all my legal colleagues and judges who have shown me kindness and all the past and former clients who have trusted me with their problems: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.