Tell us your story. What is Davis Legal Media? How did you get to where you are today?
I started my career in private practice, litigating personal injury cases and business disputes. But a year ago, I left legal practice to launch my business, Davis Legal Media. Now, I help lawyers and business owners craft compelling content that tells a powerful story about who they are and what they do, that drives new business relationships, and that positions them as leaders in their fields.
Why did you want to become a lawyer?
I've always been fascinated by the power of a good story. What drew me to law school was the opportunity to be an advocate for clients - to hear their stories and to transform them into a compelling argument that secures a just result. I believe that at their core, lawyers are storytellers.
I believe that at their core, lawyers are storytellers.
Whether we are writing a brief, standing before a jury, or sitting at a boardroom table, we are tasked with presenting our clients' stories in the most provocative and compelling way. A year ago, I did this as a civil litigator. Now, I do this through the content I create. It's just a different way of leveraging the same skill.
Was it a smooth road becoming a lawyer and getting to where you are now? If not, what are some of the struggles you encountered?
One of my law school professors told us that a career path is not a ladder: it is a jungle gym. Mine has certainly had its share of twists and turns, but in retrospect, it makes sense. Sometimes, we don't realize how the challenges, opportunities, and successes we encounter on a day-to-day level are preparing us for some future event.
What are you most proud of as a lawyer? What do you love the most about what you do now?
Even though I'm no longer practicing law, I am deeply proud to be a part of my local Bar Association. As both a litigator and now a content writer, I've worked with some of the greatest legal minds in the country. My grandfather always told me to constantly surround myself with people who are much smarter than I, and I've definitely done that. My life - and my career - are much richer for it.
If you could change, improve or disrupt one thing about the practice of law, what would it be?
Lawyers face tremendous pressure in their day-to-day work. I constantly read disheartening statistics about the staggering rates of depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders among lawyers. Because we lawyers are typically so driven, independent, and self-sufficient, many fail to seek help or support. I am passionate about encouraging lawyers to prioritize their own wellbeing and hope to see a paradigm shift in the legal profession: one that encourages community, support, transparency, and vulnerability.
I hope to see a paradigm shift in the legal profession: one that encourages community, support, transparency, and vulnerability.
What are you doing when you're not writing?
My ideal day involves some combination of these three things:
(1) Good coffee.
(3) My favorite people in the world - my husband, my family, and my girlfriends.