It took me some time to figure out what I wanted to do after law school. I graduated in May 2015 and then served for a year as a judicial law clerk for a federal judge in Reno, NV. During my time there, I considered many options, including serving in a government position, becoming an associate at an established law firm, or becoming an attorney at a public-interest firm. In the end, I decided that the best option for me was to start my own law practice. Allow me to explain why.
I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit in me. I’ll give just one example. While in graduate school, I determined that my school should have a student-led public policy journal, like many of the most prestigious schools did. I pestered the dean of the school for months with my idea until he finally gave in and let me start up a journal. The result was the Pepperdine Policy Review, which is now in its ninth year. I loved being part of something new and trying to figure out the best way to start up a new journal.
In every job I’ve held, I’ve done my best to learn how things are being done and how I can improve them. By having my own law practice, I can run my business in a way I think will be the most effective based on my experience and the experiences that others share with me. I can serve my clients in the best way I know how, without having to worry about a boss who is resistant to creative ideas or to change generally. I can also avoid working with individuals who might not be inclined to make ethical choices.
Another benefit of having my own practice is that I can set my own schedule, which allows me to maintain a balance between work and family life. I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve clients as an attorney, and I’m passionate about serving them well. Still, for me life is not just about succeeding in my career—it’s also about spending quality time with family and serving in the community. In the end, I believe that maintaining a positive work-life balance enables me to be more effective in my career.
I’m excited to be in business. I look forward to the years ahead and the opportunity to serve you in the best way I know how.