Laura Ross

Laura Ross headshot, Caucasian Woman in a black dress with a gold zipper, smiling with pink lipstick, long dark brown hair, brown eyes

When in need of a quick recharge I take a long walk around Brickell Key with my dog, Vida.

When I can’t fall asleep I listen to the BBC’s shipping forecast.

My preferred method of exercise is spinning.

The first thing I do when I wake up is press the button on my espresso machine! While my coffee is brewing, I brush my teeth and prepare a glass of water with lemon to start my day.

I am most productive during the day when I have had a good workout.  A quick workout helps me fight fatigue and boost my energy level for the work day ahead.

The best advice I’ve received about balancing work and life is prioritize your time! I have come to accept the fact that I can’t get everything done at once, somethings will have to wait until the next day.

The one thing I would tell a stressed out and overwhelmed lawyer is to make a list of all the things they are stressed about and come up with a solution to each problem. A series of problems is stressful, but when we break them down we can tackle them one by one. Write down a solution for each item on your list and list them in order of genuine priority. By making a list and prioritizing, you take control of your stress. Note what tasks you need to do personally and delegate to others what you can.

On a typical Saturday night you will find me hosting a dinner party with my husband. We love to have friends and family in our home.

My guilty pleasure is … eating a cinnabon at the airport.

The best way to deal with a difficult colleague is to re-instill the human touch and connect with them on a personal level. Invite them to lunch and try to get to know them.

The most relaxing vacation I ever took was a week I spent in Portugal with my husband and some good friends. We spent a week touring Portugal, eating seafood and drinking vinho verde.

The best life lesson I ever learned came from my grandmother, she told me to live every single day intensely. Make an effort to go away for a quick weekend, to explore your hometown, to try something new, to meet new friends and expand your social network.  Our life is a series of “right nows.” Don’t wait until retirement to start living your life!

The best way to promote health & wellness among lawyers is to speak openly about mental health.

The happiest lawyers are those that have a work life balance, surround themselves with positive people in their personal life, count their blessings and make a conscious choice to be happy.

If I weren’t a lawyer I would be an architect or interior designer.

If I could travel anywhere in the world right now it would be Bora Bora!

Laura Ross of Fowler White in Miami.