So, where do I begin? Let’s see. I graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2013, but this is not where my passion for negotiating and fighting for people’s rights began. I earned My undergrad degree from Oakland University where I majored in Communication and minored in Studio Art. Immediately after graduation, I started working in the film industry which is where I began learning the art of negotiation—every film set has a crew and every crew has to fit within a specific and often minuscule budget. As an associate producer I began to know people in the industry and would want specific people on my crew; with a tight budget to work with I frequently had to negotiate rates, advocate on behalf of crew members and still stay on the good side of the agency. After all, the crew is the lifeblood of any film project and I always wanted the best!
My film days lasted a good 10 years until I transitioned into the most difficult negotiating and advocacy job ever. . . . I became a mother! I have three creative, athletic, beautiful and extremely stubborn children. It’s here where I’ve honed my ability to multi-task, to be persistent, to know when to compromise, to protect and fight like a bear, and to have true empathy for another’s trials and tribulations. Just like I always wanted the best film crew, I always wanted and still want the best for my children, and I’ll do whatever it takes to make sure it happens.
Once my children got a little older I decided to go to law school. I started law school and began working at a criminal defense firm in 2009. I stayed at the same firm for 7 years and worked on every sort of criminal case you could imagine, but my favorite has always been driver’s license restoration. I realized early on that having or not having a driver’s license affects so many people—not just the driver. Children need their parents to drive them to school, activities, and doctor appointments. In fact, in my experience, parents often double as taxicab drivers for their children! Employers expect their employees to arrive to work on time each and every day, and significant others need help with grocery shopping and other basic day-to-day things that often require driving. Without a license, not only does the driver suffer, but so does everyone involved in their life.
I made it my goal very early on in my career as an attorney to understand the license restoration process forward, backward and sideways. Nothing gets past my desk without first going through a fine-toothed comb to make sure every single ‘i’ is dotted and ‘t’ is crossed. There is no better feeling than calling a client and letting them know that their driver’s license appeal has been granted. Putting that driver’s license back in their hand has a profound effect on the entire world around them and that is truly rewarding!
I am a former telemarketer, waitress, bartender, make-up artist, script supervisor, associate producer, business owner, dental assistant and law clerk. I am forever a mother of three and an Attorney and Counselor who absolutely promises to do the best for you.