The first thing I do when I wake up is… Make a cup of coffee and walk my dog (usually with my husband).
The one thing I would tell a stressed out and overwhelmed young lawyer is… Breathe. Trust that you are capable of handling whatever the situation may be, and don’t be afraid to admit you need help.
On a typical Saturday night you will find me… Hanging out in the backyard with my husband and my dog or having dinner with a few friends.
The best way to deal with a difficult colleague or opposing counsel is… Stay professional. Resist the urge to talk badly about colleagues or peers. Don’t stoop to their level.
I keep my priorities straight by… Reminding myself what is important to me and blocking out the noise.
The one thing that concerns me most about the future of the legal profession is… The erosion of an emphasis on professionalism.
The most relaxing vacation I ever took was… My trip last summer to Budapest, Salzburg and Prague.
The best life lesson I ever learned was… As a former swimmer, I learned that there are always competitors who are more talented, stronger, faster, etc., at least at some things. Even Michael Phelps loses sometimes after all. As a result, I can’t derive my happiness from winning itself. Instead, I have to find fulfillment and satisfaction in doing everything that I can to prepare myself as well as possible, and resist the urge to compare myself to others.
I am currently reading… A Purpose Driven Life
The happiest lawyers are those that… Find a separation between work and the rest of their life, but also find genuine fulfillment from the profession itself.
Lauren Purdy is an attorney in the Jacksonville office of Gunster. She is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation and Appellate practice groups. Prior to law school, Lauren was a member of Ouachita Baptist University’s NCAA Division II swim team, where she was an eight time All-American, eight time Honorable Mention All-American and four year Academic All-American. She was also named her university’s “Female Scholar Athlete of the Year” her senior year.