Melissa Stewart 2014-02-27 23:01:55
Serving Family Law with Some Much Needed Humor Walking into the office of Eve Parks, attorney at law, clients are greeted by nearly 20 happy couples. They are part of Parks’ collection of Dia de los Muertos dolls. “I collect Day of the Dead dolls, brides and grooms,” Parks said. “I bought a set of them and thought they were cool – perfect for a divorce attorney.” As an experienced family law attorney, Parks knows that her clients come to her at the worst times in their lives. She seeks to abate her clients’ distress through her cordial demeanor and her loveable, albeit ironically macabre collection of dolls. “They’re not in there for a happy reason,” Parks said of the collection. “It puts clients a little bit at ease and they know walking in that I’m a little different,” Parks said of the initial reactions from her clients. “Clients are comfortable telling me their story and their needs because I’m easy to communicate with.” Her devotion to making a genuine connection with her clients and helping them successfully navigate their legal battles has gained her recognition both in the state and throughout the nation. “In 2012, I was awarded the President’s Award from the Arizona Family Support Council for Attorney of the Year,” Parks said. “I was also awarded the 2013/2014 National Association of Professional Women Professional Woman of the Year award.” Parks’ journey to an award winning, solo practice with an affinity for fleshless effigies was full of twists and turns. She herself even claims her career did a complete 180. She began her education at Glendale Community College right after high school with the goal of becoming a physical education teacher. However, after earning her associate degree in physical education, she chose not to pursue that path. “My mother worked at the courthouse as a judicial assistant, and she told me about a job opportunity at the court as an initial appearance clerk. I got the job and worked in the jail for almost five years,” Parks said. After receiving her legal assistant’s degree and working as a judicial assistant, she decided to go to law school. “I was a court commissioner with the Maricopa County Superior Court, where I was assigned to family court for nearly five years. I was a family court officer, and then I was appointed to the bench where I performed myriad duties,” Parks said of her broad range of experience. After attaining her law degree and spending years working as a successful attorney, she faced a layoff during the 2008 recession. Like many others who lost their job, she was unemployed for half a year. Unlike many others, Parks’ adversities led her to greater independence as an attorney. She decided to open her own firm and turned what could have been a devastating blow into just another step in her career. “I live by Shakespeare’s statement ‘And though she be but little, she is fierce’ from a Midsummer’s Night Dream,” Parks said of her determination. “It started out of necessity,” she said of the founding of her firm. “I was unemployed for six months and could not find a job,” Parks said. “I started my own practice with one client.” Nearly five years later, Parks’ practice thrives. Through working a litany of cases, she has acquired unique skills and knowledge specific to family law that has equipped her to see her cases with a broad perspective. One such case began as a simple dissolution. It was quickly complicated when the French-born mother took her minor child home to visit her parents. The case gave Parks a worldwide perspective on child custody. Even though Parks started out working in a jail and worked her way up to being a nationally recognized attorney with an international court case under her belt, her favorite part of being an attorney is still the human connection and the chance to help people in their time of need. She has the know-how and the commitment to work through a client’s needs, and she will tell it to you straight, with a bit of oddball humor to boot.
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