Dan Baldwin 0000-00-00 00:00:00
Providing Guidance Throughout the Legal Process Generally, clients want more than just a legal outcome. They also want a sympathetic ear, an understanding of what’s going on, and real input on the decisions affecting their lives, says Kristin Rooney, of Rooney Law Firm, PLLC. “Most people want guidance because they’re entering unfamiliar territory. They want professional opinion and they want to have a say in how the process unfolds. I think being a woman is helpful in that regard,” she says. Rooney Law Firm, PLLC is a Phoenix-based firm practicing personal injury and accidents in automobile and motorcycle accidents and collisions, medical negligence and malpractice, wrongful death, defective products, workplace injuries, trips and falls, nursing home abuse, dog bites, and all serious injuries. Additional legal services include bankruptcy, estate planning, probate, debt restructuring and settlement, debt settlement, business formations, business transactions and business litigation. Rooney began her solo practice in 2005 and now she manages a team of five lawyers and three staff employees. “My practice in large part is working to develop the lawyers who are working with me in developing strategies for the cases they’re working on. From a client standpoint it’s really helping the client achieve the outcome, but also understand the process along the way. Ultimately I think that’s why I have so few client issues. It’s very important to me to stay on the same page as my client from day one,” Rooney says. As far as attitudes towards women in business, particularly the law, she states that some are positive and some are not so positive. “I choose to focus on the positive aspects in the field of law. I have a pretty strong personality and I have this philosophy that you do the very best you can in whatever job you have. I chose to just be an attorney as opposed to being a female attorney. And that’s not to say I didn’t run into issues. I certainly did, but I chose very intentionally not to focus on them,” she says. Rooney believes that being a woman in the law does offer certain advantages that work to the client’s benefit. “I think women are generally thought to have a lot of compassion and sympathy for others and so from a client relationship standpoint I think they can be very effective in giving the clients what they are truly after. In my view that’s not just the legal outcome. It’s also guidance and compassion for the process along the way, along the entire journey of the legal issue they have.” Rooney isn’t shy about expressing her love of her work. “The law is an amazing, phenomenal field to be in. It’s ever-changing. You can’t ask for more than that. It’s really quite literally what you make of it. You can be creative. You can be analytical. You can use all the skills in life to be the best lawyer you can and you can’t say that about very many professions.”
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