Get to know some of the most accomplished and promising attorneys in Florida, aged 40 or younger.
Title, Firm: Partner at Government Law Group
What drew you to a career in law? As a kid I was the unfortunate victim of an accident that required serious surgery and extensive rehabilitation. That was the first time I had ever dealt with an attorney, who was there for me and my family in our time of need and left a lasting impression on me regarding the immeasurable value of understanding the law and using it as a tool to help others.
Have you set a specific goal that you want to achieve in the next year? Winning my reelection campaign for Parkland City Commissioner – District 2.
What has been your proudest career moment and your biggest hurdle? My proudest career moment to date was being asked to build and manage the first ever legal department for an industry-leading international cosmetics company and reducing annual legal spend by over 50%. My biggest hurdle has been overcoming the misperception that I am “too young” to be an effective attorney and a strong leader.
Where do you fit on a 1-10 work-life balance scale with 10 being nirvana? 8. Achieving the perfect work-life balance is a never-ending challenge that only gets easier with time, experience and introspection. The key for me has been learning to set my priorities, including my family’s health and happiness, and then tailoring how I work around my life as opposed to the other way around.
What is the top quality that you’ve used to succeed in the profession? My insatiable thirst for learning.
Who is your favorite mentor and why? My father-in-law, the late great Michael Moskowitz, who sadly recently lost his battle to pancreatic cancer. He was the smartest, funniest and most selfless person I’ve ever known. He taught me invaluable life lessons about being an outstanding lawyer, a savvy businessman and an upstanding member of the community, while still being true to himself and without ever sacrificing his integrity.
What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you? The life we live is simply a byproduct of the decisions we make every single day — so choose wisely.
What professional lessons have you learned from the coronavirus pandemic? The ways in which we communicate may evolve over time, but the importance of strong communication will never change. The one constant about the law is that it is always changing. What you knew yesterday may no longer be relevant or helpful tomorrow, so it is vital to always keep learning.
What trends are you observing in the profession that you’re excited about? The increased focus on work-life balance that will hopefully serve to greatly reduce the mental health issues that have troubled the profession for decades.
What is the greatest challenge you see for the legal profession? Moving away from the billable hour toward alternative fee arrangements that reward attorneys for being more efficient in how they help clients achieve their goals through the use of creative thinking and new technologies.
If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be … A three-star Michelin Chef.