The State Bar of California
15 years doing criminal defense
I attended UC Davis after spending two years at San Joaquin Delta College. I then went to law school at night while working in a law office during the day. I was initially a receptionist, then worked my way up to a paralegal position, and eventually became the office manager.
In those years I spent working before I became an attorney, I learned a lot about customer service. A lawyer's job doesn't and shouldn't end in court. An attorney can get a great result, but if they're not communicating effectively, the client may experience a lot of needless stress along the way.
After holding every position in the law firm I also learned about all the little details that go into building a successful case. EVen small things like being able to quickly subpoena certain records or knowing the right court clerk to call can make a world of difference in a case.
Since becoming an attorney I've been able to achieve great results for my clients while also taking the time and care to make sure my clients are informed about their cases and feel confident about the work I do for them.