Alex Allman and Laurie are back for a second series! Join Alex Allman and Laurie as they discuss why they decided to go to law school and why they love their legal careers.
Alex: You know, I was always wondering what was your first job? What did you do first before you were a lawyer?
Laurie: Well, when I was younger I used to babysit and then I was a camp counselor for many years, so I’ve always kind of grown up in an environment working with children and being around children and then really, being a lawyer was my first grownup job. Out of law school, I clerked for a judge for a year in Baltimore City and then I went to start practicing family law and I’ve been doing it ever since.
Alex: So this is interesting. It was family law from the beginning for you, like from the very beginning.
Laurie: I know! It was actually. And I guess it was my background of growing up and always wanting to help people and liking to work with children too, made me get to where I was and determined I really liked family law, and that was always my goal.
Alex: The way the law is set up for family law, it’s all about equity and fairness so, the end result is supposed to be that by definition, fairness. We’re actually litigating to get to the point of fairness, is the way I look at it. I think it’s cool that you were drawn to that. You, early on, were able to recognize that that was an area of the law where you were helping people, as opposed to sort of tearing people down, which is the misconception about our area of the law.
Laurie: Your interest goes way back to the playground so, I think that as well.
Alex: Yeah, right, well going back to like my childhood, there would be a dispute that would happen on the playground, and I was always the one that would intervene and mediate, and I would put the two friends on either side and I would go back and forth and settle their dispute and get everybody back together again so we could keep playing our games. Looking back, I was probably sort of destined to become an attorney. I love the fact that the day can change in an instant. People are asking us to get involved in their lives, and it is super impactful and it’s very quick and it takes quick responsiveness. That excitement of what the day could bring, kind of makes me driven to go to work every day but it also makes me sort of have wrinkles, and be tired at the end of the day as well.
Laurie: I hear you!
Alex: How about you? What do you think? What makes you sort of push through the day and work hard all day long?
Laurie: I think what makes me push through the day the most is when I hear from clients that I have directly impacted them. I have a case that I’ve been working on for probably about eight years. We keep going back to court in this case and we had had an emergency and we ended up filing an emergency hearing and he got custody of his child, and he looked over to me and he goes to me and he goes, finally somebody listened to me; thank you. Of course, he gets tears in his eyes and then I’m starting to get tears in my eyes and we’re still sitting in court, mind you, but it was a really beautiful moment for me, just to know that after all those years, and it’s still going, that he really felt like somebody listened to him and it finally went his way, and this child is doing fabulously in his father’s care, he’s still in his father’s care but that was always going to stay with me.
Alex: Yeah, and you can remember what it felt like at that moment where…
Laurie: I still get teared up when I think about it. It was a really special moment for me, and for him too, and I saw that now how well this child is doing, now that somebody listened to him, and now this child is with his dad and he’s doing great.
ABOUT ALEX ALLMAN
Mr. Allman focuses his practice in the areas of family law and civil litigation. Mr. Allman has been involved in handling all aspects of domestic or family law cases, including divorce, property distribution, child custody, child support and alimony, as well as a broad range of complex commercial and civil litigation.
Mr. Allman was selected as a 2016-2017 Maryland Super Lawyer and was a Maryland Rising Star from 2010-2015. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Mr. Allman has experience handling and trying cases before State and Federal Courts in Maryland and Virginia, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and handling appeals before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Mr. Allman also has experience handling broker-dealer arbitrations before the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. Mr. Allman has been involved in multi-million dollar commercial litigation disputes, and has tried cases of significant dollar value to a successful completion.
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