Education: Southern Methodist University, B. S. Economics, 1990; Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 1993
Areas of practice: Intellectual property law. My practice focuses on all aspects of business and intellectual. I routinely advise clients on all aspects of the development of a business.
Family: Husband, Randy. Spoiled pets – Scamp and Marilyn.
Favorite music/musician: Steve Vai.
Favorite place to find albums: Vintage music stores or those few places left that actually sell albums and CDs.
Memorable vacation: A week in Cabo San Lucas with the only decision of each day – which pool do I lounge in?
Mentors/heroes: Louise Raggio, whose tireless efforts have paved the way for women’s property rights and the rights of women lawyers in Texas. My grandmother, Grace Dawson, who literally has wrestled more than one alligator to the mat in her day.
Most important career lesson: An attorney must stand on her own two feet. Be diligent in honing your legal careers and stay singularly focused on providing clients with high quality legal services in furtherance of the clients’ goals and desired results. An attorney who delivers quality and results to clients will build long lasting clients relationships that will enable you to pursue your career goals and dreams, whatever those may be.
Hobbies: Skiing, reading, making gemstone jewelry.
My favorite weekend retreats are: My own home, spending the weekend with my husband.
Bet you didn’t know: In August, 2009, I started my own law firm – Cami Boyd Law PLLC. Running my own firm is something that I have wanted to do for 5 years. Now, I’m off to a tremendous start.
Another little known fact: My relationship with my husband, Randy, is the perfect compliment to my law practice. My husband is an artist, musician and photographer.
Bad habit: Work too much and play too little!
Culinary talent: My strongest culinary talent is knowing when to turn over the kitchen to my husband (who is an excellent chef)!
Community Involvement: Every year, I make a significant time commitment to a charity or non-profit organization, typically one focused on improving education for young people in Texas public schools. I served on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Dallas for 7 years. More recently, I served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Music Project. And, currently, I am supporting Imagination Celebration and the actress Betty Buckley’s project to bring arts education to students of the Fort Worth Independent School District.
Latest pursuit: At long last – the launching of Cami Boyd Law PLLC!
Favorite saying/quote: Goodness, truth and happiness!
Secret for staying young: Laughter!
Favorite TV program: I admit it, as stereotypical as it may sound, I am hooked on Law & Order and CSI.
Favorite food: Sushi.
Favorite restaurant: Tei Tei Robata Bar.
If I had more time, I would: travel the world.
Best thing about being a lawyer: Freedom to do what I am passionate about every day.
The part of my job I do best is: Invest myself and my time in my clients and their businesses. Building relationships with clients is the key to success.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing attorneys today? I think that clients are weary of the traditional law firm business model and the feeling most clients get that their attorney, and law firm, are simply out to generate as many fees as possible. The current economic climate is, in my view, creating an important change in the legal profession. Lawyers need to understand the challenges their clients are facing, economic and otherwise, and work to accomplish results that clients need, as quickly and cost effectively as possible.
What's the turning point that made you decide to become an attorney? I was a child when I decided that I wanted to go to law school and become a lawyer. I have not regretted a single moment of it!
When you are not practicing law, what do you like to do? Vacation and enjoy time with family.
What has changed the most technologically or practice wise since you have been licensed? I have been practicing long enough to remember a time when most filings were not made electronically and many clients preferred not to communicate by email. The great leaps forward that we have made as a society over the past 15 years, in communications technology and use of the internet for business, have dramatically changed my practice and the expectations of my clients.
How do you think the practice will change in the next 15 years? I believe that clients will demand changes in law firm billing practices and attorney fee structures. I believe that attorneys and law firms that cannot keep pace with changes in technology (which impact our society and business world from top to bottom) will not be able to keep pace with the competition for business.
Cami recently established her own law firm, Cami Boyd Law PLLC.
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