Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Creativity and passion are not typically what you associate with the legal profession. However, I continually find opportunities to be inspired, joyful and fulfilled in my work. I have found a way to work in a very demanding, high stress environment and still maintain balance between the demands of a law career and the personal aspects of my life - the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual.
I work in the corporate and securities section at a large full-service law firm in Boston. We have approximately 400 attorneys in nine offices worldwide. My practice is concentrated in the areas of debt financings, secured transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private equity financing and general corporate matters. I also have substantial experience with corporate bankruptcies and restructuring.
My own efforts to maintain a balanced professional and personal life have led me to help other attorneys do the same and feel more inspired by their work. Success in the law field requires not only intellect, discipline and hard work, but it also requires creativity, passion, vision and humor.
As your PivotPlanet advisor, I will share with you information about what it takes to become a practicing attorney, including:
• Whether going to law school and becoming a lawyer is the right decision for you;
• Effective ways to search for a job as an attorney;
• What to expect as a new attorney in a law firm;
• The differences between practicing law as a corporate transactional attorney and as an attorney in other practice areas; and
• How to not only survive but also prosper at a larger law firm, an environment that is often intense and stressful.
I received my bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Delaware and my law degree from Villanova University School of Law.
For me, there’s wasn’t a “lightning bolt” moment at which I knew I was destined to be a lawyer. But, through time, I have gradually become aware law is the right career for me. I have made it my dream job by blending in other interests I enjoy and that inspire me. I am proud my colleagues respect me not only technically as a good lawyer, but, more importantly, they respect me as a person because of the way I conduct myself in my practice.
I will share with you how being a lawyer doesn't mean you have to sacrifice other aspects of your life. There is a method to succeeding as a lawyer, while also prospering in your personal life. We will discuss the many ways you can use your skills as a lawyer to help others, how to prosper in the high stress environment of a large law firm and all the substantive and technical aspects of my career you are interested in learning about.