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PRIVATE PRACTICE One of the Best Things I’ve Ever Done
I am totally focused on my clients at PMB, but when I get home from work, it’s all about my family. Todd and I will be celebrating our 19th wedding anniversary this year. We have two boys, Jake and Ryan, who have grown into wonderful teenagers. Jake is my 17-year-old. He is a well-rounded kid who’s very involved in student government and theater. He’s an amazing singer, plays guitar, and has a real presence on stage. I’m only a tad biased! He’ll
be graduating from high school this June to attend college. You never can believe how quickly they grow up, can you? My little one, Ryan — well, not so little now, but he’ll always be that way to me — is 14 years old. He is as smart as a whip, with a dry sense of humor. He became interested in computer programming when he turned 9. Given the various computer languages he has largely taught himself, it’s obvious that his knowledge of technology far surpasses mine.
“I wanted to have a healthy work-family balance, and I knew that would be difficult to accomplish if my time was controlled by someone else.”
When Jake was 1 year old, Todd encouraged me to start my own law practice. One month after quitting my job at a large law firm to “hang a shingle,” Todd was unfortunately laid off from his job. There we were with a new house, our first child, and a new business, which was costing more than it was making! This was a scary time, but it also helps me relate to some of the difficulties many of my clients face. I understand the stress of working paycheck to paycheck because I’ve been there. Why did I leave the safety and security of a large law firm? First, I wanted to have a healthy work-family balance, and I knew that would be difficult to accomplish if my time was controlled by someone else. I also yearned for the freedom to make decisions about which cases to take and how to strategize on behalf of my clients, without dealing with the bureaucracy of a large law firm. After 11 years of being a solo practitioner, I was lucky enough to join forces in 2012 with my friend, Wendy, to form PMB, and we are still going strong!
My wonderful teenagers, Jake (left) and Ryan (right).
Todd and I have grown a lot since I hung that first shingle in 2001, both as a family and in our careers. I am fortunate to have such a supportive husband and children who put up with my hectic schedule and root for my success just as I root for theirs. We try to challenge one another to always become better people, with an eye on tomorrow and a desire to help others. Even though it was scary, I can honestly say that opening my own law practice has been one of the best things I’ve ever done, because it led me here. –Lisa Pezzano Mickey
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