John M. Zenir December 2019

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My Road to Family Law The Lessons, Passions, and People Along the Way

I had an admittedly unusual journey to becoming a lawyer. The truth is that it wasn’t my intention to practice law full time. I began my experience in the professional world by selling cleaning supplies. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that starting out as a salesman would hold so much meaningful experience for me in the world of law. Rest assured, I’ve always been interested in law. I earned my master’s in criminal justice, but at the time, I was living a comfortable life selling cleaning supplies, raising a family, and volunteering in my community. Even so, people in every facet of my life started coming to me with legal questions because they knew I had some knowledge of law. That knowledge also proved helpful for operating the cleaning business in many ways, so I finally decided to earn my law degree while still working full time. When the cleaning company struck up a deal with some great new partners, I thought I had wasted those four years in law school. But then things spiraled out of control when those new partners became devastating for the business. Soon, I had a wife, three kids, and no job to support them. But I had a law degree. The shift to practicing law full time was challenging. I had proper education but very little real-world experience. So, I started by volunteering my services to those in need. I represented victims of domestic violence in family court and tried cases for people who needed assistance securing orders against their abusers. It was an emotional world to step into, but the moment I did, I knew there was no turning back. I couldn’t give up the incredible

opportunity to help people in their most serious times of need.

We work with our clients, our community, and the law to create the best possible outcomes without sacrificing the compassion so often forgotten in these circumstances. We pride ourselves on being real, personable people, with care and intention you can trust. You can be a lawyer, a cleaning supply salesperson, or anything in between, but no matter what you do, the people around you shape your life. That’s why we strive to build meaningful relationships with every person who walks through our doors. My life has had its share of ups and downs, but the motto I’ve always tried to live by is this: Do what you can, where you are, and with what you have. It’s simple but carries a lot of meaning. Unexpected things happen in life. Sometimes you have control over them, and sometimes you don’t. What matters is how you react in those moments. If an unexpected moment has prompted you to reach out for help, know we’re here and you can reach out to us.

I’ve been practicing family law for over 25 years now. Early on, I realized that starting as a salesman prepared me for this role. When you compare a salesperson and a lawyer side by side, they actually have a lot in common. They both take a look at the facts of a situation, figure out the problem, and then come up with ideas for how to solve it. For a salesperson, it’s figuring out what the customer needs and finding the best item to satisfy that need. For a lawyer, it’s figuring out the problem the client faces and coming up with a plan to resolve it. Both professions provide meaningful experiences that lead to productive conclusions. When it comes to our clients, our team is always looking to solve their problem, rather than try to be the loudest voice arguing in the room.

“We work with our clients, our community, and the law to create the best possible outcomes without sacrificing the compassion so often forgotten in these circumstances.”

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