Kevyn Noonan Hayes is a family and divorce lawyer with the Law Office of Kevyn Noonan Hayes, P.A., in Naples.
When in need of a quick recharge I … drink a cup of coffee.
When I’m feeling stressed I … take a break from work.
When I can’t fall asleep I … go through my cell phone and organize emails or online shop!
My preferred method of exercise is … Orangetheory.
The first thing I do when I wake up is … check my emails and social media on my phone.
I am most productive during the day when I … am in a quiet room alone with coffee.
The one thing I would tell a stressed-out and overwhelmed young lawyer is … not to worry, to take it day by day and to always have something to look forward to, such as a break, a trip or just time at home with your family.
Every day I make sure to … count my blessings.
On a typical Saturday night, you will find me … at home with my husband and new baby!
I can’t go a day without … my daughter and my phone.
My guilty pleasure is … reality TV and carbs.
If I could go back to when I was a young lawyer and give myself advice, I would say … don’t work too hard, get involved with your local bar, network as much as possible, be friendly to everyone and always send thank-you notes for referrals.
The best way to deal with a difficult colleague or opposing counsel is … not to respond right away, ignore them and never stoop to their level.
The quickest way to ruin your career is … to lie.
The worst piece of advice I ever received was … bill as much as possible or that I should not practice family law.
My favorite hobby is … playing with my daughter or shopping.
I keep my priorities straight by … making lists, lots of lists.
My favorite music is … top current hits, typically pop or Adele.
The one thing that concerns me most about the future of the legal profession is … too many lawyers and too many people cynical of the profession giving lawyers a bad rep.
The most relaxing vacation I ever took was … Bora Bora, my honeymoon.
The most gratifying part about my job is … a satisfied client being appreciative for your work.
The best life lesson I ever learned was … nothing is stranger than real life, and life is too short, it’s up to you to make it sweet! (Let it go, better to forgive and move on than hold grudges.)
I wish more lawyers … wouldn’t churn cases for money and would truly work to try to settle matters.
My favorite snack is … raspberries.
My favorite sport to play/watch is … play: soccer; watch: football.
My role model is … my father.
I am currently reading … No time for leisure books, just internet/news articles, social media or case law!
The happiest lawyers are those who … balance work and play, don’t worry about billables and truly enjoy what they do.
Law schools should teach … more about the actual required procedure, pleadings and rules/statutes.
If I could travel anywhere in the world right now it would be … South Africa on a safari.
The best way to promote health and wellness among lawyers is … work out daily, compartmentalize and just breathe.
The best advice I’ve received about balancing work and life is … work will still be there tomorrow, and take time for yourself every day.