I started here in 2008, working under the primary partner, Cindy Diggs, as a law clerk in law school. I didn't know anything about anything when I started. You know, I came from a very working class background. We moved around a lot. When I was growing up, my dad went where the work was, and then around third or fourth grade, my mom went to nursing school, and she worked through nursing school while working part time. And so helping to support the family. I really saw her work ethic and my dad's work ethic and realized that if I worked hard enough, I could do anything that I wanted to. And when I got into high school, I got involved with a program called Teen Court, where I actually got to help represent teenagers who had committed classy misdemeanors. And something just clicked. I knew at that moment that this is what I wanted to do forever.
I wanted to be a lawyer. I wanted to help people. I wanted to see what people's problems were and help come up with creative solutions that really could help them going forward. There are always going to be problems that people encounter that they need legal help for, and it's our job to help come up with creative solutions that really help get them through that. And here at the firm, I think we do a really good job of meeting our client where they need to be met, meeting them, addressing their problems, and really getting to the root of what their legal issue is.
There's not a perfect solution to any case, but there are creative solutions to every case. And being able to figure out what those are really drive me in, what I do every single day. Our job is to tell our clients story in court, or if you don't make it all the way to court in mediation. And in order to tell your client story, you really have to get to know them. You have to be there with them face to face, learning about what they're going through and helping them through that. And by getting getting to know our clients in such an intimate way, it helps us to be able to tell their story in a meaningful way and in a way that really matters and helps them resolve their issue at the end of the day.