Why I Became A MN Bankruptcy Lawyer
I love making people laugh, hearing their stories, and helping them get their second chance. This is extremely gratifying work and what I do does not just positively impact the client sitting across from me, it impacts their families as well.
When I was in 4th grade, everyone in our class had to go around and state what they wanted to be when they grew up. I was the only person in my class who said they wanted to be a lawyer. There are a ton of lawyer jokes out there (I believe I have a book with 40,000 of them). Lawyers often get a bad rap, so for a 4th grader to want to be a lawyer, it was likely pretty comical to some. 12 years later, with my 4th grade dream in the back of my mind, I entered law school, determined to be different, to change the stereotype. I refused to be the kind of lawyer that people didn’t want to talk to, that people couldn’t relate to. Being able to sit down with people and talk to them is one of the best parts of my job. The key is realizing it is not about me, it is about the client and what they need and how I can help them.
From the moment I graduated law school I have worked in either the public or nonprofit sector. A large portion of my career has been devoted to helping individuals and organizations overcome obstacles for either their own individual benefit or for the benefit of entire communities. Moving into private practice and into bankruptcy law allows me to continue to do that kind of work, focusing on the financial obstacles that individuals face. I get to come to the office every day, knowing that I have the potential to make someone else’s day better and THAT is why I became a MN Bankruptcy Lawyer.
- J.D.- Michigan State University-College of Law, East Lansing Michigan, 2007
- B.A. Oakland University, Rochester Michigan, 2004
- Departmental Honors
- Major: Political Science
- Minnesota State Bar (2007)
- U.S. District for District of Minnesota (2017)
Professional Associations & Memberships:
- Minnesota State Bar Association (2012-present)
- International Municipal Lawyers Association (2015-present)