Why did you decide to become an attorney?
I became an attorney because I am a good advocate. I enjoy learning all aspects of my clients' issues and creating a persuasive argument to advocate my clients' position. I believe an attorney's role is to develop clients' legal positions and cases to help them achieve the desired result.
What experiences (work and personal) help you to be a better attorney?
Eighteen (18) years of advocating on behalf of my clients has helped me to hone my legal skills and assisted me in better understanding my client's legal issues. Working my way through law school, raising a family, and operating a successful business for twelve (12) years has helped me to understand what a client is seeking when they contact our office. Through these experiences I have developed the skills necessary to help clients achieve their objectives, including compassion, management of resources, understanding issues, and thinking outside the box.
What made you choose your primary area of law?
I chose family law as a primary focus because it allows me to combine my skills and interests to be very effective for my clients. Family law matters require significant advocacy skills, negotiation skills, legal analysis, compassion and understanding for clients and children involved in the process. My extensive litigation background, my business background, as well as my public speaking and lecturing background all help me provide effective legal skills in this area. Additionally, as the mother of four children, an advocate of children's rights and a guardian ad litem, I understand the particular family dynamics and issues involved in family law matters. I believe these factors are critical in obtaining satisfactory results for my client.
What makes your law firm unique?
My law firm is unique in that we provide high quality legal expertise in a setting that allows us to provide personal attention and direct communication with our clients.
Describe your ideal client.
My ideal clients are ones that understand their legal issue and what they are seeking in an attorney. Additionally, my ideal clients are willing to view our relationship as the creation of a team to work together to achieve the clients' desired result.
Describe your personal interests and hobbies.
I play saxophone, violin and piano. I also enjoy skiing, and playing tennis and softball.
Describe your charitable activities.
Member of Liberty Presbyterian Church. I also serve on the Franklin County Abused Children Advocacy Board, the OhioHealth Foundation, Board of Directors, and the OhioHealth Professional Advisory Committee as Board Chair. I formerly served as a Board member of Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio and as a Commissioner of Columbus Recreation and Parks.