Random Profile: Camelia Lopez Shoemaker, Plano

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Most important career lesson: It’s a small, small world. Your reputation and how you treat others will be remembered.

If you weren't an attorney, what profession do you think you would be in? I have always wanted to be a restaurant critic.

Favorite TV program: Modern Family

Born/Age: Born in Boston, MA, 35 yrs ago.

Family: Married to a criminal defense attorney (we met in the courtroom!) and are proud new parents to one daughter, now just 8 weeks old.

Areas of practice: Federal criminal prosecution, specifically fraud, money laundering, computer crimes, and asset forfeiture.

Education: SMU undergrad, American University - Washington College of Law

Bet you didn’t know: I am composing these responses at 4 a.m. while feeding my newborn.

Dislikes: No matter how hard I’ve tried, I cannot like eggplant.

Bad habit: Not savoring the moment.

Mentors/heroes: In my nearly 10 years as a prosecutor, I have had the privilege of learning from so many amazingly talented attorneys, first at the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office and now in the Eastern District of Texas. Their passion for public service and commitment to a fair administration of justice has been a wonderful example to follow. I am always disheartened to hear stories of ethical violations in the bar or throughout the country when I am surrounded and led by so many prosecutors whose character and diligence is truly inspiring.  

Favorite saying/quote: To whom much is given, much shall be required. - Luke 12:48

Pet peeve: Inefficiency.

Favorite music/musician: I have loved Pink Martini for the last 15 years, and I am currently obsessed with Mumford & Sons.

The last movie I saw was: Argo. Wow.

Favorite restaurant: Tough one – depending on the mood, either Louie’s Pizza or anything Stephan Pyles does. Dallas has the best restaurants!

Where to be found on a Saturday night: Probably curled up watching a movie at home with my sweet husband.

Biggest misconception about me: That I’m shy. 

The best piece of advice ever given to you and by whom: “Be anxious for nothing.” - Philippians 4:6

What's the turning point that made you decide to become an attorney? My business law class in college, taught by Barbara Kincaid. I was a finance major and this course made me realize I’d rather be on the legal side of business transactions (or so I thought, until I became a prosecutor!)

Who are the people you admire most, and why? Each of my parents, for their strength and insatiable appetite for new experiences and growth, and my in-laws, for their unwavering faith.

Camelia works at the United States Attorney's Office in Plano.

You can also view Camelia's TexasBar.com profile.

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