Litigation | Insurance & Reinsurance
Describe what you work on in your typical work week: My favorite part of working at Freeborn is that no two weeks are alike. I may spend one week devoted to document review and document production and another preparing motions and performing legal research. I have spent other weeks working on patent review and comparison assignments or analyzing strategy and tactics for moving cases involving areas of law unfamiliar to me. This variety keeps things interesting and I enjoy the ability to handle such a wide-ranging practice.
What advice would you give a woman interested in the legal profession or starting out in her career as an attorney? (1) Be true to yourself, (2) don’t be afraid to speak up and stand up for yourself when necessary, and (3) no matter what, make time for the things you enjoy and those you love.
Are you involved in any outside organizations? If so, which ones? Outside of the office, I am involved in the Hillsborough County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. I was recently sworn in as the Secretary for the Board of Directors for the Young Lawyers Division for the second year in a row. I enjoy working with board members on a variety of issues plaguing young lawyers and developing diversity and inclusion initiatives as well as ways we can help lawyers with mental health and wellness issues. Through my work on the Board, I have been fortunate to volunteer at organizations across the Bay area that help those in need, including Feeding Tampa Bay and Metropolitan Ministries. I am also working with the Hillsborough Education Foundation and hosting an event in July to collect donations for the upcoming school year for students in Hillsborough County who cannot afford school supplies and other school necessities.
What was your favorite COVID hobby or new-found interest? I started smoking meats and joined a boat club during COVID. I love trying out new recipes on the smoker and learning the techniques for smoking different cuts of meat. I have designated Saturdays as “Smoke Saturdays” and have quite the cult following in my neighborhood for my grilled jerk wings and smoked brisket. I also enjoy boating during my free time and fishing the flats, mangroves, and reefs in Tampa Bay. I am working my way through a list of inshore and offshore species and hope to be able to host a fish fry with my catches soon.