Growing up, I always thought about becoming a lawyer, but I felt the need to explore my options before committing to any one field. The result was an interesting education and several eye-opening experiences in the professional world.
At the University of Michigan, I knew even before I graduated that I was barking up the wrong tree going after my engineering degree. But I decided to go ahead and finish what I had started. After graduating, I gave the automotive industry a try. Again, I could tell I wasn’t in the right place. The work just wasn’t challenging enough, and I felt like my brain was turning to mush. I knew the time had come to give my first interest a try. So I dropped everything and went to law school.
Even in law school, my path wasn’t clear-cut. I thought, because I’ve always been such a sports fanatic, that sports law would be a great fit for me. But, after trying out the practice area, I realized it was more about contract work than anything else, and that’s just not my passion. So I dropped everything again and went down to the federal courthouse.
At the courthouse, I talked my way into a summer internship. I didn’t care about being paid, I explained. I just wanted to learn everything I could and find my true passion. That summer, that’s exactly what I did. I worked hard, met some brilliant attorneys, and found my calling in criminal defense.
Legal situations are never black and white. I fight to let clients tell their side of the story.