When in need of a quick recharge I…go for a quick walk 5-10 minutes and I usually clear my head.
When I’m feeling stressed I… make a list of things I need to do and start crossing off tasks I complete
When I can’t fall asleep I…embrace insomnia and watch a movie
My preferred method of exercise is…lifting (heavy) weights and then 20 minutes of light cardio
The one thing I would tell a stressed out and overwhelmed young lawyer is…get prepared. Much anxiety comes from lack or perceived lack of preparation. You might be stressed about career, money or personal life; but if you over prepare for work then you won’t feel inadequate at work, and if you prepare financially then you won’t worry about money, and if you focus on your life and the people in it then you will be happier
Every day I make sure to…express gratitude. It keeps me humble and reminds me that I am only fortunate enough to do what I do because the people allow me this privilege
If I could go back to when I was a young lawyer and give myself advice, I would say…don’t doubt yourself. Let other people do that, and then prove them wrong.
The best way to deal with a difficult colleague or opposing counsel is…to do so quickly. Maybe over email. Just don’t lower yourself to their level.
The worst piece of advice I ever received was… “just wait your turn” – don’t ever wait for an opportunity. It may not come around again or it might not come around again for 10-15 years.
My role models are…. My parents. They worked so hard and they never quit – even when life was tough.