1. What is your first memory of wanting to be a lawyer?
When I was young, everyone used to tell me I could have a career in arguing and debating. At the age of 5 years old and after fantasizing over Legally Blonde, I decided being a lawyer was exactly what I wanted to do. My goal never changed and pursuing a career in litigation made all my dreams come true.
2. Where did you study law and how did you find that experience?
I studied law at BPP Law School in London, United Kingdom. As I wanted to be a lawyer for as long as I could remember, my guidance counselor in high school told me that I could go to law school right after high school. I was eager to pursue my career in the legal field and I knew there was no better option. Being only 18 years old when I started law school, I faced many challenges from the outset. That being said, I would not change it for anything as it was the most rewarding experience and allowed me to be the person and lawyer I am today.
3. How did you begin working at Forbes Chochla Leon?
In between second and third year of law school, I wanted to gain experience at a law firm to show me what being in practice was really like. I worked at FCL for the few months I was home from school and returned after completing law school as a student during my conversion process. Upon completion, I articled at FCL and continued as an associate upon my Call to the Bar.
4. Is there a certain case you worked on that stands out to you? If yes, why?
Although there are many cases that stand out to me, my first file I handled on my own will always be the most memorable. It was invigorating being trusted with a file to handle from start to finish, using my own knowledge and discretion throughout. Being in control of the litigation process significantly outlined the reason why I became a lawyer; to use my creative strategies to ensure the best possible result for my clients.
5. What’s your favourite thing about being a lawyer?
My favourite part about being a lawyer is seeing every side of a story. It is widely accepted that there are three sides to a story; your side, my side and the truth. Litigation, however, proves that there are about 20+ sides to each story and there is no definite truth, rather different versions of the truth. It is amazing to see different perspectives and it ultimately forces you to think in a way that you are not used to; expanding your knowledge and understanding in both your profession and life in general.
6. What’s the best part about working at Forbes Chochla Leon?
The best part about working at FCL is the people I work with. Everyone comes from a different place and yet we are not just colleagues, we are a family. I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without the support from each and every person at the firm. It is amazing how people from different places can come together and form a strong bond and support system that allows you to succeed as not only a lawyer, but as an individual as a whole.
7. What do you like to get up to in your spare time?
Aside from relaxing and spending time with friends and family, in my spare time, I love to dance. Growing up as a competitive dancer, taking drop in classes at every opportunity I get gives me an outlet and allows me to release and embrace the energy of the music.