Council & Associates - July 2018

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FOR SOME REASON, I HAD THE BRIGHT IDEA TO BEGIN MY OWN PRACTICE WHILE I WAS PREGNANT WITH MY FIRST CHILD. NOT LONG AFTER OUR WONDERFUL BABY GIRL, ELAINA, WAS BORN, I SET UP SHOP AT MY KITCHEN TABLE AND GOT TO WORK. ”

FROM MY K I TCHEN TABLE TO A High Rise THE JOURNEY OF GROWING MY PRACTICE

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lot of lawyers get into the profession because their parents have dreams of their child

to help people directly and make an impact on their lives for the better. The promise of helping people through difficult, stressful times felt very

things at once. It’s definitely served me well, because now Council & Associates has grown from a one-woman-operation based out of a kitchen to a thriving practice. These days, Elaina is 9 and has a little brother, P.J., who’s 6. The days of working next to a stove are long gone. We recently moved into a brand new high rise office at 50 Hurt Plaza in downtown Atlanta. As a practice, we’re busier than ever before, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. When I’m not working, I love to go out to eat with my husband and spend time with my kids. We like to joke that I’m the family taxi driver because most of my weekends are spent shuttling the kids from one location to the next. Does anyone know if there’s an app like Uber specifically for parents and their kids? I may be busy, but I consider myself fortunate to be so. Helping clients never gets old — I thrive from learning their stories, alleviating their anxieties, and exceeding their expectations. I may not have known that I wanted to be an attorney when I was a child, but I know it for sure now. –Lashonda Council-Rogers, Esq.

becoming an attorney. Others spent hours staying up late watching “Law & Order” reruns and decided at an early age that it was the only job they wanted. Neither of those are my story. I found my career path more gradually, but I’m very happy I did. After studying economics as an undergraduate, I wasn’t exactly sure what the future held for me. On a whim, I decided to apply to law school. Once I started, I immediately fell in love with the

natural to me. Once I had the chance to help injury victims on a regular basis, there was no turning back. For some reason, I had the bright idea to begin my own practice while I was pregnant with my first child. Not long after our wonderful baby girl, Elaina, was born, I set up shop at my kitchen table and got to work. I remember hoping that

law, but I still didn’t know exactly which type of law I wanted to practice. After graduating and passing the bar exam, I decided to get a job at a traditional law firm because it seemed like that’s what many of my classmates were doing. At that point, I was still following the tide. It wasn’t until I worked my first personal injury case that I had the “Aha!” moment so many people talk about. I quickly realized that practicing personal injury law would allow me

she wouldn’t wake up while I was on calls with clients. Imagine having to explain to somebody who has just been in a serious accident that you need to put them on hold because your newborn is wailing in the next room. Those were hectic times. I was a sleep-deprived new mother starting my first business. But day by day, things began to fall in place. Looking back on it now, I think that experience allowed me to become an expert at juggling a lot of

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