Chamber membership philosophy and involvement: I joined the Chamber in the 2016 membership drive. I joined because I believe the Chamber to be a group of business owners who want to better their companies and the community. I have had some previous contact with the Chamber through my Coweta Community Foundation Board membership and have continued to meet people in our business community. Involvement is investment in our community, which is a role I continue in Coweta County.
Community Involvement: I remain treasurer of the Senoia Downtown Development Association and work on the board to improve Senoia's growing downtown. We focus on community events, beautification of the town, cultural art events, economic growth and overall community appeal in the downtown area of Senoia. We recently had a Chamber event in Senoia that was a huge hit! I also serve as Board member and Fundraising Committee member on the Coweta Community Foundation. We work through fundraising, volunteering and community giving to help improve local nonprofits in our community. This is close to my heart, as I see the work of our nonprofits daily in my job as an attorney representing children and families in Coweta County. We have had tremendous success at our events and our philanthropy in the county in the last couple of years. We are growing and celebrating with the help we have provided in the county. I also work with my children's school to donate my time and skills as an attorney to donate Will and Power of Attorney preparations at school events throughout the year to aid the school in fundraising and to help families prepare their estates. For the last three years, I have been involved at Eastside Elementary School to help teachers and administrators improve their classrooms and programs. I have worked with the principal to make sure teachers know of programs in the community to earn money for classrooms or for special projects and how to apply for those programs.
How Senoia Law Office differs from competitors: I believe it to be important to have clients come in my office and feel comfortable. I deal with very serious and far-reching legal issues, mostly affecting people's homes and families. For this reason, I want people to come in and sit with me and feel open to discuss their issues. I believe my office is different in that I try to have an inviting and open-door policy as much as is possible. I tell my clients that I will be their greatest advocate, but I also owe them the truth, and sometimes that may not be exactly what they want to hear. I also have designed my practice to be a small-town attorney's office where people can call and have an ally to find a solution to their question or problem. I make it a point to tell people that while I cannot possibly practice all areas of law, I can help them find a lawyer who does what they need. I also sponsor self-defense and firearms training classes with licensed instructors to enhance my business within the community. It began as a hobby of mine, and then I found the need to empower people and clients to know they are safe and strong on their own. As a former prosecutor, I understand the importance of being able to defend yourself and the threats we face today in our society. The personal self-defense classes have helped many of my clients work through issues of fear and self-doubt and have allowed professionals to further arm themselves in businesses which can expose them to different threats, such as in home nursing and real estate. I recently spoke with a client who told me that I was different to her because I cared. I believe it is important to treat cases as more than a number. So many times my work involves many more issues than just legal issues, and I believe it is so valuable to address the person as well as the law.
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