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‘The best thing to ever happen to me’

I was born and raised in Anne Arundel County. My dad is from a small town in Missouri and my mom is a Philadelphia girl. I have an awesome brother against whom I competed in school and in sports growing up. (I won school. He won sports.)

I went to college near Philadelphia and then worked in New York City for a Fortune 500 company as their brand representative. I then worked for a large law firm in Washington, D.C. as a legal assistant before I went to law school. From these two (very positive) experiences, I knew that I did not want to be a cog in the corporate wheel when I started practicing.

Since I didn’t go to an in-state law school, I felt the pressure even more to network and to secure summer employment. I was very lucky to intern for U.S. District Court Judge Richard D. Bennett. One day, during some downtime in his busy chambers, I asked the judge if he had any ideas of people that would be good for me to clerk for the following year. He got on the phone for me and called Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge William C. Mulford II. I had a great conversation with Judge Mulford in his chambers but he was already hiring his intern to be his law clerk the next year. But he was nice enough to pass along my resume to his colleague, Judge Nancy Davis-Loomis. I got an interview with her, did my best to “wow” her and got the clerkship before my 3L year started.

I left my clerkship two months early to go work at a private medical malpractice firm in Annapolis. It wasn’t a good fit from the get-go and not in balance with my career goals. I wanted to leave but I was engaged at the time to a girl who encouraged me to stay. But it was too much. Soon after I left the firm, my fiancee abruptly left me. I was despondent. I was diagnosed with depression.

This turned out to be the best thing to ever happen to me.

I threw myself into volunteering for the Maryland State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. I am a big advocate on being a solo practitioner by choice and making sure organizations give the majority of young lawyers the respect they deserve.

I practice criminal defense, personal injury and do estate planning. I look forward to writing and discussing with you how to start a practice, get more involved in bar associations or just talk about what it means to be a young lawyer. You can leave a comment below or email me.

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