Name: Susan Churuti
Job Title: Shareholder; Bryant Miller Oliver
City: Tampa, Florida
Number of Children/Other Dependents: None
Do you think having “it all” is realistic or overrated? Why?
No, because I was very fortunate to have an example of a mother who practiced law at a very high level while being married and raising four children.
What does having “it all” mean to you?
Having a challenging professional life and a full personal life.
What is the best advice you have ever received on balancing your personal and professional lives?
You have to make time for your vacations and personal life and schedule it like any other matters.
If you had an extra hour in your day, how would you spend it?
Looking back at when you started in the profession, and knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your younger self?
Don’t be afraid to change jobs and try new things.
Do you deal with guilt in trying to balance your personal and professional lives?
What single change do you believe would have the biggest impact on work life balance or quality of life?
Living closer to my job.
What part of “balance” do you struggle with?
Making meeting clients’ expectations the priority in my practice over personal goals.
What part of “balance” are you improving at?
Setting client limitations.
How important is civic and/or professional involvement to you and why?
It is very important, and some of the most meaningful work that I do.
What’s the advice you would give a young lawyer seeking to strike a “balance” between family, self, and the practice of law or achieve better quality of life?
Don’t compromise on the quality of your work.
Any other parting words of advice?
My mother told me that practicing law is not about being popular, but having integrity in your position!