Title: Partner with Williams Mullen, a Richmond law firm
Born: May 25, 1973, in Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Michigan; law degree from Georgia State University
Career: Apartment manager in Atlanta, 1994-1997; paralegal while in law school for an Atlanta law firm, 1997-2001; attorney with Troutman Sanders in Atlanta, 2001-2003; attorney with Holland & Hart in Cheyenne, Wyo., 2003-2004; attorney with Troutman Sanders in Richmond, 2004-2013; joined Williams Mullen in Richmond in 2013, focusing on labor and employment law.
In which part of town do you live: The Museum District in Richmond
Best business decision: “The best business decision I ever made, which coincides with one of the best life decisions I ever made, was when I decided to relocate to Richmond in 2004. This is a truly amazing town that offers its residents a never-ending list of things to do. There are also ample opportunities to be involved in wonderful, local charitable organizations.”
Worst business decision: “When I started my first job as a paralegal and I put a block on my home phone that prevented my boss from bothering me at home. Apparently, it is frowned upon when your boss calls you because there is a work emergency and receives a recorded message to the effect that the recipient has blocked all phone calls from his number.”
Mistake you learned the most from: “When I missed a discovery deadline once during my first year as an attorney. Now, I use a triple-redundancy program of one computer calendar (accessible at home and at work and by my assistant) and two paper calendars to make sure that I never miss a deadline or appointment again.”
What is the biggest challenge/opportunity in the next two to five years: “My biggest challenge for the future is not a novel one — it is finding a way to be the best attorney, friend, family member, community supporter, and colleague that I can be — all at the same time.”
First job after college: “This should also be an answer to the worst decision I ever made, but my first job after college was working in the children’s clothing department at Dillard’s during the Christmas holidays.”
If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently: “I think I would have listened to my mother’s advice more when I was growing up, rather than treating her like one of Charlie Brown’s teachers.”
Book that inspired you the most: “The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver. The novel “was an inspirational story because it is told from the perspective of four extremely different, but equally thoughtful and strong women trying to survive enormous challenges. It made me realize that to be a strong or powerful woman, in life and career, does not mean that you have to stop being a thoughtful and gentle human being.”