How long have you been practicing?

I have 16 years of experience as an attorney and running my law firm. My firm specializes in Business Law, Immigration Law, and Litigation.

What do you love the most about being an attorney?

I find it deeply satisfying to help people who are in need. Most people turn to attorneys because they are in a vulnerable position, and can really benefit from having an effective protector and advocate by their side. I consider it a blessing to fill that role, and it’s one I take quite seriously.

Beyond that, I am blessed to be part of a profession that rewards me for the quality of my thinking and powers of analysis.

A lawyer who can think creatively and can take a giant step back from a problem, and then come back with a fresh perspective, will be richly rewarded — both financially and in terms of professional fulfillment.

Describe a memorable story of a client. What was so memorable about this client?

About 4 years ago, I was approached by a young Hispanic woman in grave distress. This 19 year old was on the cusp of being deported back to Central America … although according to the law she had every right to remain in the United States!

Well, suffice it to say, it took quite a bit of effort — and deft advocacy — to prove her case, but ultimately, I was able to prevail. We prevented this immigrant from being wrongfully deported, and also kept a family intact.

This was a happy and emotional day for all, and reinforced why I was drawn to the legal profession in the first place!

5) Robyn Ross, Attorney at Ross & Calandrillo, LLC

What made you decide to become an attorney?

I have wanted to be an attorney since I was seven years old. As a child, I always had a sense of fairness and equity and would argue with people, regardless of age, if I felt these tenets were breached. I even recall presenting my parents with evidentiary proof if I felt a punishment was unwarranted. It was clear to me from early on that I was meant to be an attorney.

How long have you been practicing?

I have been practicing in the area of family law for over ten years, assisting clients in the areas of divorce, custody and parenting time issues, domestic violence issues and related matters.

What do you love the most about being an attorney?

What I love most about being an attorney is the opportunity to have meaningful impact on people and their families. It is extremely satisfying to know that I am able to provide advice, guidance and a sense of stability to people while their families are going through a period of transition. More importantly, I have the opportunity in my profession to provide comfort during a very confusing time. During a divorce or custody dispute, it is easy to feel as if your world is upside down. I get to be the voice of reason, calm, legal knowledge and reassurance.

Describe a memorable story of a client? What was so memorable about this client?

I had only been practicing about six months when I began working with Karen (I have changed her name), who was divorcing her physically and mentally abusive husband. I fought hard and throughout the process I watched Karen become increasingly willing to fight for herself. I heard from Karen recently- nearly ten years after her divorce.

Karen told me that working with me during her divorce made her strong and confident, that I gave her a voice and helped her to feel comfortable using it. I got off the phone with Karen and I cried. Practicing law, especially family law, can be exhausting and thankless at times. Speaking to Karen was a wonderful reminder that I am blessed, through the practice of law, with the wonderful opportunity to change lives.

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Stephen Reynolds

Stephen Reynolds writes about business, entrepreneurship, and management.