Smith Wallis & Scott October 2018

OCT 2018




Finding My Specialty on the Front End

I’d much rather do the front-end work. That’s my specialty. I get exhibits and attorneys prepared and am available for clients to talk to and reassure them.

I was born and raised in Carrollton. My husband and I made our home in Carrollton, so joining Smith, Wallis & Scott was an easy decision for me. I’d been working for a firm in Atlanta, but after my daughter was born, I didn’t want to be so far from home. When the opportunity came to work with Chris Scott, I knew it was the perfect fit. I’m the lead paralegal in the Social Security Department, and it is one of my favorite areas that our firm covers. It’s rewarding to help people get the monetary stability and health insurance they need. That’s a big part of what we do. Our office is a lot like family. We all get along. Chris is wonderful to work for. He’s easygoing, appreciative of the work we do, and doesn’t get rattled by much. That’s true of every attorney here and it’s something I love about working at our firm. Outside of the office, I spend time with my family. My daughter, Jenna, is in high school, and my stepdaughter, Kristen, and her husband, Kyle, also live in the Carrollton area. My husband, Glenn, works out of town most weeks at his home office in Nashville, so we also travel back and forth quite a bit. One activity we enjoy doing is going to the beach together as a family. I like to cook and do photography. Photography is my favorite thing to do when I’m not working. College football is another one of my passions. As an Auburn graduate, I’m an avid Auburn fan.

As the child of an attorney, I had a good sense that I would end up in a legal career, but I still had to figure out my path on my own. I studied finance at Auburn University and then attended paralegal school in Atlanta to determine if I wanted to go to law school. Based on what I’d seen my dad do, I thought I might enjoy a career as an attorney. But once I got into the paralegal side of things, I found I liked it a lot, so I stuck with it. Taking on the front-end responsibilities of a case is well-suited to my personality. I enjoy doing the prep work that helps our attorneys win their cases more than I enjoy being the one in court. Two weeks into my first paralegal job in Atlanta, we were involved in a multi-million dollar patent litigation. It was intense, to say the least. I can handle that kind of stress, but


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