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Best thing about being a lawyer: It’s very rewarding to have the opportunity to not only help my clients navigate the legal issues surrounding business decisions, but in being a part of the team that moves those decisions forward.
Most important career lesson: I’ve learned that it’s very important to work with my clients to reach a solution that satisfies business goals while also minimizing legal risks.
Favorite saying/quote: Work to live, don’t live to work. While I believe that practicing law is important work, I’ve seen many attorneys completely wrap themselves up in work and ignore the rest of their lives.
Born/Age: 32 years old
Areas of practice: General corporate.
Education: JD from University of Iowa College of Law, 2003; BA in Political Science from Texas Christian University, 2000
Bet you didn’t know: I like to smoke cigars.
Another little known fact: I love cars!
What kind of car do you drive? Audi TT Roadster….Red.
Community Involvement: I’ve volunteered as a Child Advocate for CASA since 2004.
Memorable vacation: My mom always said that taking vacations is an important way to create memories. Many people think that they don’t have the time or money to take vacations, but I can remember even the shortest and least expensive vacations taken with my family as a child. I use those memories as a reminder to me to make an effort to break away from my busy schedule to see new places and have new adventures.
If you could be anyone else for a day, who would it be? Samantha Brown from the Travel Channel.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing attorneys today? Work-life balance. The question I ask myself when I’m struggling with deciding whether I can miss work in order to attend a family gathering or be there for a loved one is whether, at the end of the day when I look back on my life, will I wish I had worked another day or spent more time with my family?
If you weren’t an attorney, what profession do you think you would be in? Interior design.
What’s the turning point that made you decide to become an attorney? We did a project in the sixth grade where we had to pick a career and use the money from that career to pay bills, rent an apartment and buy a car. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to be, so I selected attorney and have never looked back!
How do you think the practice will change in the next 15 years? Over the next several years, I think law firm fee arrangements will move away from the billable hour. Billable hour fee arrangements create an inherent conflict of interest for the law firm attorney which I think is slowly but surely being rejected by both clients and their outside attorneys.
Karissa works for WellMed Medical Management.
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