“I represent people, not cases. I guess that means getting emotionally involved in your clients’ lives, that’s a price I’ll gladly pay to try and help the person, not just the case.” Richard A. Zitrin & Carol M. Langford, Legal Ethics in the Practice of Law 230 (1995).
As I began my journey to becoming a family law attorney, I have come back to this quote time and time again as it helped to form the foundation of my professional development. I quickly realized that a case cannot be defined by the law alone, that you must recognize the possible impact on the client’s life and keep the client’s most important goals in mind. I understand that every family is different, and I am eager to use my counseling skills as I support clients through some of the biggest decisions of their lives.
I grew up in Mooresville, North Carolina, and I am a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law. Before law school, I studied economics and finance at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Through my law school experiences, I developed a strong background in advocacy and leadership. I was honored to receive the CALI Award. CALI is a not for profit consortium of law schools in the U.S. that conducts applied research and development in the area of legal education. Recipients are identified by faculty and given to the highest scorer. In addition to my focus on academics, I served as the Student Bar Association’s president, and as a student member of the John Belton O’Neall American Inn of Court. I was actively involved in and received a leadership certification from the Konduros Leadership Development Program further equipping me with creativity, strategic thinking and problem-solving strategies in order to best help my clients with his or her evolving environments. Lastly, I have a background in legislative research from my tenure with the South Carolina Legislative Council.
Growing up, my father often shared stories of his own broken family and how that shaped him growing up. He told me about his immigrant father who struggled to adapt to the ideals of an American nuclear family when he initially married my grandmother, the personal struggles and economic hardships that my grandmother faced as a young single mother, and the stress involved with communication between divorced co-parents. Learning from these stories and understanding why my own father worked so hard to provide for our family, I gained my passion for the practice of family law – an opportunity to counsel those adapting to similar situations that my own father, my grandparents and so many others face.
I chose Sodoma Law because of the Firm’s commitment to providing full service, personalized, and focused counsel for each client’s specific home, family, and business needs. My goal at Sodoma Law is to help each client navigate through changing familial circumstances or build upon new familial relationships. While advocating with integrity, honesty, and trustworthiness, I am prepared to stand for my clients who need legal, personal, and emotional guidance. Your family is not just another case to me.
- University of South Carolina School of Law
- University of North Carolina Wilmington
- South Carolina
Honors & Associations
- South Carolina Legislative Council
- CALI Award
- John Belton O’Neall American Inn of Court; Student Member
- Konduros Leadership Development Program Leadership Certification
- Student Bar Association; President