I never had much interaction with the legal field growing up, but I always knew I wanted to be a lawyer. I grew up in a small town in rural Illinois. I learned to work hard and we placed a priority on family values. I wanted to grow up to be like Abraham Lincoln, but I didn’t have a good reason for wanting to be a lawyer, other than my obvious passion for arguing.
When I was 18, my older brother, who grew up with a developmental disability, had a mental break. It was devastating for my family to not only face the challenges of the mental health system but to also try to navigate the legal system in obtaining guardianship of my brother. The process was overwhelming.
These systems took us quite a bit of time and research to navigate without proper resources until we were able to find an attorney who could walk us through the legal aspect of things. Our case was also assigned a Guardian ad Litem. These attorneys were my first exposure to how professionals could help people through the legal system.
Upon graduating college in Southern Illinois, I went to law school. I worked hard knowing that I would be able to help others navigate similar legal challenges to what my family experienced.
Upon joining Bardol Law Firm, I have been able to do just that. I have a passion for helping my clients. I work hard to communicate effectively and make sure they understand the system and the next steps in their case. I fight to keep my clients from being taken advantage of. I take my work very personally.
Outside of the office, I love being with my family and friends. And my dog. And my cat. I am a dog person. And a cat person. Imagine that.