Berlin Law Firm - September 2019

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Meet Lauren Risner!

This month, we’re spotlighting the latest edition to our team, Lauren Risner! Some of our readers may have already worked with Lauren. She came on board at the Berlin Law Firm in early July and has been wowing us with her experience and professionalism ever since. Funnily enough, Lauren stumbled upon her career in law almost by accident. “I was going to the University of Mississippi to be a guidance counselor,” she recalls.

Arkansas and spent some time working in the U.S. Attorney’s office.” Not only has Lauren seen so much of the country but she’s also seen both sides of the legal process. This broad perspective makes her experience invaluable. So, why come to our firm after such an extensive career elsewhere? Lauren says two factors brought her Berlin Law Firm. “Lee was my first interview, and, honestly, I was blown away by him and Sonya. They’re kind people who are passionate about what they do.” The second factor has to do with the job itself. “Attention to detail,” Lauren says. “The Berlin Law Firm puts so much individual attention on every one of their cases. None of the other firms I worked for put this level of effort toward every client.” When she isn’t aiding us here at the firm, you can usually find Lauren building one piece of furniture or another with her husband. “It all started when I couldn’t find a table I liked,” Lauren explains. “My husband found a plan online, and we built one ourselves!” Now, Lauren has constructed farm tables, bookshelves, end tables, and just about everything in between. Of course, her favorite (and most time consuming) creation is her 2-year-old daughter.

“To help pay for college, I took a job as a runner at a local criminal law firm, and the rest is history.” Lauren stuck to working in the law, a field that ended up taking her very, very far. Just by looking at her resume, you can tell Lauren has been everywhere, both in the world and in the world of law. “I worked for a family law firm in Chicago and did criminal and patent law in Phoenix,” she says. “I was also a victim’s witness coordinator in

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Basil Berry Sorbet


Inspired by Good Housekeeping

1 cup sugar

6 cups frozen mixed berries

1 cup fresh basil leaves

3/4 cup fresh lemon juice


1. In a saucepan over high heat, combine sugar with 1 cup of water, stirring occasionally until sugar dissolves, creating a syrup-like consistency. 2. Remove syrup from heat, add basil, cover, and let stand for 15 minutes. Strain syrup into bowl and refrigerate until cold. 3. In a blender, combine syrup with frozen berries and lemon juice. Purée until smooth. 4. Transfer to a square baking pan, cover in plastic wrap, and freeze until set, about 2 hours. 5. Scoop and serve.

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