Do you like what you do?
I never planned to be a family lawyer when I was in law school. I was going to be a tax lawyer. I actually did that for a while. I was a certified public accountant for a period of time. I found that there wasn’t enough interaction with people, and I very, very much like the courtroom and the work that I do in the courtroom. Basically, I get the best of both worlds. I love the accounting piece and the math and the problem-solving and looking at complex financial situations and trying to puzzle them out and figure out how to make a good situation for everyone.
I also love the personal aspect. Working with people, getting them to a solution that’s going to give them long-term financial security, and I love trials. I try to do my best to avoid trials because part of what a good lawyer does is try to come up with a settlement that will work for everyone without the expense of litigation. If that can’t happen, then I very much enjoy the trial work and the strategy that goes into trials and the presentation of putting on a good case. It’s all fun, but the bottom line is making sure my clients are getting a good result however we get there.