History has always been one of my biggest fascinations. As a kid, I loved taking history classes and learning all there was to know about world politics, past wars, American presidents, and any other knowledge I could get my hands on. I looked at the way things progressed over time and couldn’t help but feel inspired by the people who forged major changes in the evolution of society.
As I learned more about our nation’s past, in particular, I grew to idolize several historical figures — namely those who contributed to the United States Constitution. Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, James Madison — they were all extremely smart, ambitious, and forward-thinking members of their times. I knew I could find a way to put my own intellect and drive to good use, just as they did.
As I looked around my small Virginia town for inspiration, there seemed to only be two people who fit the bill for my aspirations — our town’s two lawyers. I was a kid at the time, so I never actually got to meet them, but I had a certain idea in my mind that they were a lot like my historical idols. After all, they were widely respected and known for their intelligence. Once I got older and actually met a few attorneys, I realized that a lot of them were no James Madison. Funnily enough, though, that discovery only pushed me farther toward law school. I wasn’t intimidated by my future competition, and I was ready to start making my impact on the world.
My work is about getting justice for those facing adversity. A tough opponent isn’t going to slow me down or scare me away.