Smith Wallis & Scott February 2019

FEB. 2019



of attorneys and paralegals, and they provide excellent seminars and other opportunities for continuing education. It keeps me updated on the legal issues that impact our clients. I’d still like to go to law school one day — maybe this year! Helping our clients is the best part of my job; letting them know we’re here for them and doing the best we can to get their case resolved is satisfying. Our clients are so appreciative. I’ve heard from clients years after our work on their case has drawn to a close. They call just to thank us. “Thank you for taking the time to listen to me. You’ve made a difference.” Hearing that is the most rewarding part of my job. We have a great staff of attorneys at our firm who are always willing to help. If I need something, they’re there. I always think I’m here to help them, but they help me so much. They are great to work with. I also have an amazing assistant who makes my job possible. We all work closely as a team to make sure everything gets done. When I’m not working, chances are I’m in the garden or kitchen. Growing up in Carrollton, I lived on a small family farm with pigs, cows, and a number of crops. Now, every year, I plant a garden and look forward to seeing the little plants sprout out of the ground and begin to grow. In the summer, I like to use fresh ingredients from the garden. I’ve been around gardens since I was little, so they’ve always been part of my life. I love gardening, and I love to cook, especially using the food I grow. Cooking is how I show love, and I love cooking for my family and friends. This time of year, it’s all about baking cookies, candy, and other sweets, which I share with family members and friends. With our incredible team, I look forward to helping our clients in 2019 and continuing to grow and learn in the legal field. Thank you for being part of my journey! TAKING THE TIME TO LISTEN The Gift We Get to Give to Our Clients

As the department head for personal injury at Smith, Wallis & Scott, I serve as an intermediary between clients and adjusters, working to get our clients medical treatment all the way through to settlement. I’ve been in the legal field for 27 years, specializing in personal injury, workers’ compensation, and Social Security disability. Honestly, I kind of fell into the legal field. I’d been in the financial realm for 12 years and was working at a bank. My husband knew an attorney whose secretary had just up and left him. That attorney asked me if I could help him, so I jumped in. And wham — that’s what I’ve been doing for the past 27 years. When I started working for that attorney, I knew nothing about the legal field, but it didn’t take long for me to realize I was in the right place. I’ve always liked to help people, and I’ve found helping people with their legal issues speaks to my heart. I feel like this is what I’m meant to do — help people as best as I can.

–Jane Turner

Wanting to learn more, I got degrees in paralegal studies and legal studies. I’m part of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, which is a great network

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