I wanted to be a lawyer since a very young age. I remember going to school on career day in third grade wearing my Easter suit and carrying my father’s briefcase because I was going to be a lawyer. I’m not quite sure that I knew exactly what a lawyer did back then, but I knew lawyers helped people with their problems – and that’s what I wanted to do.
Throughout high school and college, I became better aware of what a lawyer does. And since I still had a burning desire to help people with some of life’s most challenging problems, I decided I wanted to go to law school. Getting there wasn’t easy though.
Several of my college applications were accepted, and some schools even offered me significant scholarships. Even with those scholarships though, the out-of-pocket tuition was still pretty steep. I came from a working-class family and I was going to be the first one to attend college. I didn’t have a college fund that was going to pay my tuition. So, I chose to attend Southern Connecticut State University because the in-state tuition couldn’t be beat. I also made the decision to work full time while attending school full time so that I wouldn’t have to finance my education with student loans (yet). That was a challenge to say the least.
I don’t remember much from my college days, but one thing still stands out in my memory to this day. I remember one of my professors, who was also the “pre-law advisor,” telling me that I shouldn’t plan on going to law school because, he said, I had “less than a fifty percent chance of getting in anywhere.” This from a person that had never attended law school! Looking back, I think that “conversation” was the moment that created my determination to accomplish things that people say I can’t.
Despite the “advice” I received, I applied to law school. I actually applied to seven schools, and was accepted at four of them (so much for “less than a fifty percent chance of getting in anywhere”). I chose to attend Quinnipiac University School of Law because it was close to home, and, thankfully, they offered me a significant scholarship.
Becoming a Lawyer
Since graduating law school and being admitted to the bar, I have fulfilled my dream of helping people. Over my career, I worked in many different areas of law. These days, I primarily help people deal with the legal implications of major life events such as divorce, the birth of a child, and the illness or passing of a loved one. Family is a big value in my life, so getting the chance to help families work through their issues is one of the reasons why I love my job so much.
I help my clients by guiding them through the family and probate courts in divorce, child custody, and estate administration matters, as well as by helping them create appropriate planning documents that will protect their families in the event of death or incapacity. It’s emotional work for sure, but there’s nothing quite like the feeling of knowing that you have brought some calm to someone experiencing chaos.
That is what I hope to do for you. If you are facing a divorce, I can help. Please contact me to get started on your divorce case today.