Currently injured workers, but in time my practice areas will grow to include other injured Iowans.
The law seemed like a natural fit for someone who has a passion for learning but is also driven to help others. I knew that with a legal education I would have both the ability and opportunity to genuinely help people face what are often some of the biggest challenges in their lives. When it became time to hone in on potential practice areas I began exploring where there were opportunities to help individuals in areas of the law that interest me. I spent some time exploring health law, criminal law and immigration but finally settled on workers’ compensation and personal injury law.
Growing up, it was always just my mom, my grandparents and I. My grandparents embodied what we all think of when we see elderly Iowans – genuine, hardworking, honest people who will help anyone as much as they can and expect nothing in return. My grandparents passed their values on to me every night at the family dinner table – they fostered and fed my passion for helping others. My mom, a blue-collared single parent and my absolute best friend, instilled in me the values of resiliency and perseverance. She showed me the strength of a driven woman and taught me to be fearlessly independent in my thoughts and opinions – she fostered my belief that I am capable of doing anything.
My independence and drive led me to pursue a college degree after high school; I was the first in my family to do this. It was during college that I realized I wanted to become an attorney. I felt so fortunate that I had the opportunity to pursue further education and compelled to use it to give back to those who helped get me here and others like them. My background allows me to easily connect with and understand people in ways that many others cannot. My work as an attorney allows me to help these people during times they most need an advocate at their side.
Honesty and respect. Both are actually very simple concepts yet incredibly powerful. Neither cost anything yet both are priceless. I strive to live honestly and give respect to everyone. Doing so not only has a positive impact on the world around me but it also creates a positive energy in my personal life that feeds my drive to be the best version of myself.
Aside from the obvious – spending time with my family – I am learning Mandarin Chinese. I enjoy the challenge of learning another language and find gaining a deeper cultural understanding of Asian heritage to be extremely rewarding, especially because my husband is Chinese-American.
I am a pretty picky eater. Most people don’t know this about me because I will try almost any food at least once. However, when I am alone or just having dinner with my husband I usually eat the same foods each day with little variety.
I often find myself trying to juggle way too much but struggle to narrow things down. I want to do so many things because I have so many interests and passions, but when I spread myself too thin I don’t end up gaining the maximum benefit from the experiences I am having. I have gotten much better about focusing on having deeper experiences with certain interests, such as practicing law and learning Chinese, and simply skimming the surface of other interests, such as large scale DIY home projects.
If I was not an attorney and I was significantly better in science, I would be a doctor. I am fascinated by modern medicine and it would still satisfy my drive to help people. However, if I truly could not figure out a way to master the sciences, I would happily be a crime scene investigator. I love solving problems and have a (not so secret) obsession with crime documentaries and TV shows.
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