My interest in law began when I was just 8 or 9 years old. It was then, during a family vacation to Hillsboro, Oregon, that I set out to explore my relatives’ neighborhood and wound up at the county courthouse. When my family came to collect me, they found me in the courthouse’s legal library, deeply engrossed in a law book.
Given that most adults don’t find legal writing all that interesting, my trip to the courthouse may not sound like the typical adventure you’d expect from a 9-year-old. Still, from the moment I walked through those aisles upon aisles of leather-bound books, I was hooked. By the time I was in my early teens, I was certain that I was meant to become an attorney.
Throughout my time as an undergraduate, graduate, and law student, I took on a number of roles in order to narrow down which areas of the law I wanted to practice. I worked as a graduate teaching assistant, a research assistant, and a newspaper editor and reporter — to name a few. With each role, I gained a deeper understanding of law and how its various fields of practice intertwine. To this day, that ability to look at the whole picture benefits my clients, whether the matter they need help with involves business law, real estate law, civil litigation, estate planning, or probate.
Where others see a problem, I see a puzzle ready to be solved.