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Feb
09

A Firm Decision: Returning to the Practice of Law

I am well past the days of sippy cups and Cheerios; even the days of Little League games and surviving kids’ frenetic birthday parties are in the rearview mirror. With two young men launched, I am facing just one more high school graduation, and one more college application challenge. So, the time has come for me to do what makes me happy, fulfilled, and proud: activate my attorney status with the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers and GO FOR IT!

That is exactly what I have done, enthusiastically landing here at Konowitz & Greenberg, PC. Could there be a better fit? A place where I am not the shortest or the oldest? A firm where attorneys don’t just talk about being family-friendly but indeed, the partners, Steven and Karen, are siblings! And most importantly, a law firm that serves its clients with the utmost respect, talent and compassion.

My interest in law germinated during my college years at Oberlin, a small liberals arts school with a reputation for progressive politics. As a psychology major, I became fascinated with the laws surrounding the involuntary commitment of individuals with psychiatric disorders. Back in the day when an internship was one of the many ways a college student could choose to spend the summer – having since evolved into practically a mandatory credential – I sweated away the summer in the Public Defenders’ Office at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington D.C., trying to catch a glimpse of John Hinckley. Fast forward, I graduated college, worked as a real estate paralegal in a large Boston law firm and went on to law school at Northeastern University. What an amazing group of classmates, ranging in age from 23 to 66! Immersive class discussions, hilarious skits parodying law school and lawyers, and unique clerking experiences all followed.

I knew I wanted to become a practitioner, and I was intrigued by the range of available specialties. What better way to learn about the numerous and varied practice areas than to clerk after graduation – which I did, for two years, in the Massachusetts Trial Courts. Mission accomplished, I joined a mid-size Boston law firm and became a litigator, practicing in such areas as employment, banking, business, real estate, discrimination and domestic law. It was a great run of over ten years but by then, with two small children and the desire for another, it was time to stow the briefcase in the closet for a few years.

Well, it is now a little more than a “few years.” As is often said about having children, “the days are long, but the years are short.” I’m certain that none of you parents will be the least bit surprised that my hiatus was longer than anticipated. And I am grateful to my husband that we had the ability to do things the way that we did. No doubt, my 16-year old daughter is thrilled now that I have another focus; her only regret being that I need the car to drive to K & G, thereby demoting her to passenger-only status.

Feeling almost as if I had been a member of the Witness Protection Program, I wasn’t sure how comfortable I would be shedding my cover and becoming an “Esq.” all over again! But, funny, with the support and confidence of my K & G colleagues, it all came flooding back to me in very short order. The biggest challenge, as you can probably guess, has been catching up with all of the technology. Luckily, I have my own Genius Bar in my family: three children and a husband (less up-to-date than the other Geniuses!). And I have our wonderful office manager, Karen, and our star junior associate, young Kassandra!

While I intend to continue my practice in litigation and general business law, I also plan to expand my specialty areas to include consultation on work place issues, including
rights and responsibilities, with respect to both employers
and employees.

So, with the support of K & G, I am set and ready to share my expertise with you, resolve your legal problems and, most importantly, improve the quality of your life. Can’t wait to meet you!