Over the course of my 30 years in legal practice, and throughout my own life, I’ve experienced the highs and lows of having it all and losing some of the things that have mattered most to me. All of these experiences have brought me to where I am today. For now, let’s start from the beginning.
My legal career began in Boston. In 1988, I began practicing in a boutique bankruptcy firm and was fortunate to have incredible mentors. Throughout the years, one of these mentors became like a father to me. I had lost both of my parents in my mid-twenties and was so grateful for his guidance and friendship. In 1993, he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease. After a brave fight with the illness, he passed away nine months later.
I was only 32 at the time, and in the wake of his passing, it fell to me to take over the management of the firm. It was an incredibly difficult period in my life and my mentor’s death was an enormous loss. He had shown me his own passion for law and demonstrated how rewarding it can be to work with people as they overcome their financial hardships. It was amazing to watch him help people find the opportunities to see new futures for themselves — in some cases for the first time in decades.
Determined to carry on his legacy, I became a Chapter 7 Trustee and presided over hundreds of chapter 7 bankruptcy cases. The experience and satisfaction of working with people during this time changed my life. I continued on that path and had the opportunity to work in private practice at a debt-settlement law firm. That’s when I decided to start my own firm.
Just as I was putting together the pieces to begin practicing out of my private office in Maryland, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was 2009. While continuing to practice law and get my firm off the ground, I underwent chemotherapy, radiation, and five surgeries. I wore a wig to cover my hair loss in bankruptcy court. Throughout this process, I learned from some of my clients that I could share my story, and so I spoke with them about my illness and recovery.
The experience gave me a new outlook on my career and I grew as an attorney because I learned how to be truly genuine with the people I get to work with. There are times where it’s appropriate to share my hardships with my clients, and I’ve learned that it can be a gift to both of us. I know now how to be more myself in my law practice, and what’s more — I have a new understanding of my client’s financial struggles and a wellspring of empathy for each of their unique stories.
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The bankruptcy process has allowed countless people to alleviate their debt and move toward their futures. Whether the source of your suffering is from medical expenses, the loss of a job, or the loss of a family member, remember that this is a temporary season. Your financial hardship can be overcome and wellbeing can be restored.
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Former Chapter 7 Trustee