Smith Wallis & Scott July 2018

JULY 2018

LEGAL INJURY GUIDE

327 Bankhead Hwy, Carrollton, GA 30117

TALENTWORKING HARD

What It Means to Be an Attorney

As I got to the end of law school, I did something most people thought was crazy: I graduated from school, took the bar, and married my husband two weeks later. As I finished my last year of law school, I simultaneously planned my wedding. That being said, I was completely focused on law school while I was in it and completely focused on the bar while I was studying for it. After I took the bar, I turned my focus to my wedding, and we had a beautiful day before going on our honeymoon. It was a wonderful whirlwind of life- changing events. Time didn’t slow down afterward. Four days after I got back, I interviewed with a firm and landed my first job. It’s where I fell in love with personal injury law. I saw how clients’ lives are vastly altered by injuries they endure through no fault of their own — they can’t work, continue their normal jobs, or take care of their families. It’s gratifying when we can use our knowledge of the law to help them. I feel fortunate that I found my path so early. I’ve also come to enjoy the strategy that comes with talking to insurance adjusters. I end up spending a lot of my time talking to them, because they hold the purse strings. I enjoy going back and forth with them, because I’m negotiating for my client. It’s not necessarily fun to have these conversations, but it’s a necessary part of fighting for what’s right. I like being a strong advocate for my clients by having frank conversations with insurance agents about why what they’re doing is unfair. I recently had a conversation with an insurance agent about how what they were offering wasn’t enough. The agent acknowledged that they weren’t offering enough and said they understood, but because of their company’s policy, they couldn’t offer any more money. After our discussion, I filed an offer of judgment, and we ended up getting what we’d requested for my client. It was a good day. My job is to make my clients aware of all the possible outcomes for their case and to let them know what choices they have. I’m there to provide advice, and I’m grateful to carry out this role as I fight for the justice my clients deserve.

My brother has a shirt that says, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” Law school is talent working hard — with bright students studying for 12 hours a day and all their time focused on one goal. To be a successful lawyer, you have to bring both talent and hard work to the table. I’ve wanted to be a lawyer since I was a kid. It was something I thought my personality was well-suited for, and people around me seemed to agree. There’s a story from when I was about 3 that shows the tenacious spirit I had from a young age. We were at Disneyland, and after a long day on the rides, my dad was ready to leave. But apparently I wasn’t. I told him, “Children were put on this world to be happy. We can’t leave.” It worked — we stayed in the theme park. I barely remember it, but to my parents, this episode was one of the first signs that I would have a future in the legal field. Since then, I’ve worked hard to hone my legal skills. As it turns out, not every insurance adjuster is as easy to convince as my dad was. Law school was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but it was also rewarding. I can’t say enough good things about Georgia Law. The professors are passionate and want their students to succeed. The Socratic method they used was intimidating, but it prepared us to practice law. It taught me to think on my feet, and that leads me to overprepare, which is always a good thing.

–Isabel Aidun

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