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Best thing about being a lawyer: Walking in the courtroom when I know I am prepared and ready to rock and roll.
Bet you didn’t know: My son, Jean-Luc, is a fourth generation only child and was named after Jean-Luc Pickard, the Captain of the Starship Enterprise, Star Trek, The Next Generation.
Another little known fact: My mother told me when I was a young girl that I would be a good attorney.
Born: In Port Arthur, Texas, December 10, 1970
Family: I live in Georgetown, Texas with my teenage son.
Areas of practice: Family law comprises the bulk of my practice. I also perform services in areas related to Probate, Criminal, and Civil.
Education: Juris Doctor, Texas Southern University, 2004, Summa Cum Laude; Executive Editor of The Law Review, The University of Texas at Austin, 2000
Likes/Dislikes: I dislike personality types that are prone to make premature judgments about situations and people in those situations. I like rational thinking.
Bad habit: I leave water bottles in the car; I have heard that drinking the water is unsafe.
Doesn’t: I do not require others to fulfill responsibilities that are mine.
Is not good at: I am not good at math.
Culinary talent: Rice Krispy Treats!!
What kind of car do you drive? Infiniti FX35
Community Involvement: AAU and Select Basketball
Mentors/heroes: President Obama; Dr. John Butler, professor, entrepreneur, world renowned speaker, author, creator, and businessman; Judge Lora Livingston of the Judicial District Court, Austin, Texas.
Most important career lesson: As soon as you know the facts are not aligned in your client’s favor, be honest with your client and with yourself regarding the chances of emerging the victor.
Favorite saying/quote: “People do not plan to fail; they fail to plan.”
Pet peeve: Half-hearted attempts at accomplishing the task.
When they do the film about you, what actor/actress should portray you? Halle Barry
Favorite plays: The Color Purple and A Chorus Line
Favorite TV program: Reality TV.
Favorite artist: Michael Jackson – RIP
Favorite album: Thriller
Favorite musician: Michael Jackson – RIP
Favorite movie: Walt Disney’s Meet the Robinsons
The last movie I saw was: Transformers
Favorite magazine: US Weekly
Favorite sport: Gymnastics
Favorite food: Vegetables
Favorite restaurant: Pappadeaux
Where to be found on a Saturday night: At a movie, dinner, or home.
Talents (besides law): Dancing, choreography, writing.
Hobbies: Dancing, bike riding, exercising, tending to my plants and yard, swimming, and traveling.
Generally likes to read/Last book read/Current reading material: The Davinci Code; Triumph of Justice by Daniel Petrocelli
My favorite weekend retreats are: Going to Dallas for a play or concert, or the coast for fishing.
If I had more time, I would: Complete the three books I started writing.
Biggest misconception about me: Because I am small, I often believe people underestimate how aggressive I can be.
What most people don’t know about me: I am older than I look.
The part of my job I do best is: Staying calm and making my clients comfortable and giving them support.
The best piece of advice ever given to you and by whom: “You can get more from honey than you can with vinegar,” by my mother.
If you could be anyone else for a day, who would it be? Michelle Obama
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing attorneys today? Juggling the multitude of tasks in their personal life and keeping up with ever changing laws.
Who is your favorite on-screen or literary attorney, and why? Perry Mason. He was always in control.
If you weren’t an attorney, what profession do you think you would be in? Psychiatrist or psychologist.
What’s the turning point that made you decide to become an attorney? I always wanted to be an attorney; when I got divorced in 2001, I figured it was the perfect time to go for it.
When you are not practicing law, what do you like to do? Spend time with my family and friends; get chores done around the house; play, exercise, and travel.
Who are the people you admire most, and why? I admire people who work hard and know how to orchestrate successful outcomes.
What has changed the most technologically or practice wise since you have been licensed? The Texas Family Code.
How do you think the practice will change in the next 15 years? I believe the laws will get more beefy relative to child protection.
Any words of wisdom or advice for the new president of the State Bar of Texas? Be courageous!
Victoria Broussard works at the Law Office of Victoria Broussard.
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