Sydney YoungFor Random Profiles, we randomly pick one of our 80,000-plus attorneys, call them, and do a Q&A. We’ve found that every Texas lawyer has an interesting story. Will yours be next?

Family:  Husband, Gary Young, and two children.

Areas of practice:  Real Estate, Small Estate Planning and Elder care.

Education: Wayland Baptist University, B.A. (English) 1989; Texas Tech School of Law, J.D., 1992.

Pet peeve: People who ask for a To Go Cup and a Refill. My husband and friends do not get my reasoning here.

Culinary talent:  SALADS.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing attorneys today?  Be ethical. IT MATTERS.

Bet you didn’t know:  I can speak in a perfect Jersey accent.

Little known fact: I lived in France for 6 weeks in the summer of 1990, when the Berlin Wall was still coming down and the European Economic Community was being formed.

Bad habit:  Extreme Toffee Coffee, everyday!

Community Involvement: Lamar County Child Welfare Board, Lamar County Coalition (President), Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas (Board Member), Leadership Lamar County (2003-04), United Way (Board Member), Lamar County Chamber of Commerce (2003), Paris Community Theater, First United Methodist Church.

Mentors/heroes: My husband, he is a Rock.

Latest pursuit: Writing

Current Project: Wind Farm Lease

Favorite saying/quote:  “A Classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.”  Mark Twain

Secret for staying young:  Play!

Favorite TV program: Big Bang Theory.

Favorite artist: Artists here in Paris, Texas.

Favorite composers: Mozart, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Gershwin.

Favorite album: Impossible to name one!

Collects: Books!  Music!

My favorite weekend retreats are: A trip to Beaver’s Bend, roughing it in a lovely well-built cabin.

If I had more time, I would: Write, as I  travel the world.

Best thing about being a lawyer: I get to help people.

The part of my job I do best is: Communicate with my clients.

If you weren’t an attorney, what profession do you think you would be in? Something artistic – music,  theater, writing, perhaps teaching.

What’s the turning point that made you decide to become an attorney? Well, I was in junior high when the law was changed and no-fault divorce became legal. I noticed many women left high and dry, with nothing to fall back on. That was it for me! I chose law because I love to read,  write and analyze, and because I knew several highly respected lawyers in my home town.   

When you are not practicing law, what do you like to do? Read, write, sing and act, and be home with my family.

Who are the people you admire most, and why? My girlfriends, and that is a secret!!

What has changed the most technologically or practice wise since you have been licensed? Instant communication and easy access to information.

Sydney Young is a solo practioner at Young & Young PC in Paris.

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