Dan Baldwin 2013-10-25 12:18:36
“In these early years of my experience as an attorney, I have come to view my job, in its simplest terms, as that of a problem solver. Individuals only come to litigators when they are in difficult, bad situations that they alone cannot rectify. Helping alleviate and resolve such situations can have a real, tangible impact on a client’s life and seeing that is very gratifying,” says Allison E. Evans, associate at the firm of Becker & House, PLLC. Evans practices within the fields of estate and trust litigation, estate and trust administration, and estate planning with a specific emphasis on litigation and in the area of financial exploitation. She received her Bachelor of Arts in 2006 from the University of Arizona and received her Juris Doctor from the Phoenix School of Law in 2010. Her interest in the law came early in life and as a child she knew she would one day be either a writer or a lawyer. The decision was made in the eighth grade when she took an American government class. She says, “It was my first meaningful exposure to matters of politics and law, and I took an immediate liking to it.” In terms of women in law, Evans believes that gender is only one of many components that contribute to who she is, where she came from, what she has experienced, and where she is today. “I honestly am not sure how much my gender alone plays into how I practice law, although I am proud to be a part of an ever-expanding population of female professionals, both in the law and in other fields. I think that diversity and robustness are desirable characteristics in any professional community, although I am certainly aware of the challenges and discrepancies that still confront many women in today’s workplace.” She believes other factors are equally relevant in building a successful legal career, including self-confidence, preparedness, strong communication skills and a willingness to respond quickly to client needs. For example, she has a policy of responding to all her emails or phone messages within the same day. “Although it can be difficult, and oft en has to occur from home or during evenings and weekends, these simple demonstrations of availability and willingness have helped me maintain overall positive and trusting relationships with my clients,” she says. She also values honesty and candidness when it comes to client communications, noting that some attorneys have a habit of telling clients exactly what they want to hear. “In my opinion, that is a disservice to them. Part of my job is helping clients make rational decisions in what are oft en irrational circumstances. The reality is that some positions are going to be weaker than others, and attorneys should feel an obligation to give truthful, well-rounded advice about this,” she says. Evans finds that there are very few certainties and absolutes in litigation practice. She invests the time to make sure that her clients are aware of all potential implications, options, risks and benefits before taking a proposed course of action. “Regardless of the type of case or position, clients can always rely on the certainties of my preparedness, thoroughness and attention to detail in serving as their advocate,” she says. Evans balances her busy work life with an enjoyable home life. She likes traveling and has visited numerous countries. She enjoys cooking and curling up on the couch with her boyfriend and a good book or movie. When she returns to work, the trip is to a profession in which she takes considerable pride. “It is a great reward to be part of a profession where I have the ability to help people solve significant problems in their lives. Despite the clichés and jokes to the contrary, I firmly believe that the practice of law is a noble occupation,” Evans says.
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