I became an associate with the Firm after clerking for a highly respected Maryland Court of Appeals judge. Clerking for Judge Clayton Greene, Jr. was a great honor, and it gave me a unique perspective at the beginning of my career as a lawyer. As the highest court in the state, the Court of Appeals is the appellate court of last resort (unless there is a federal issue). For a young lawyer, that experience was an awesome introduction to the practice of law. Because it is the highest Maryland appellate court, its decisions have enormous impact on the Maryland common law and on the citizens of our State. Judge Greene approached every decision with deep care and concern, not just for the litigants of the case, but also for the precedential implications of the decision. Among other lessons, my clerkship taught me the importance of going beyond just the surface of legal issues, but to understand those issues in a larger context.
Working for a law firm, of course, is different than a clerkship with Maryland’s highest court. The focus of the private practice of law is on the client and his or her interests. The transition to becoming an associate with Franke Beckett, however, is not as difficult or dramatic as it may seem. The Firm approaches every client with the greatest care and concern, applying the highest standards to the practice of law. Work for a client must be tailored to, and consistent with, achieving the client’s overall goals. Like the work of the appellate court, this requires going beyond the surface and staying focused on the broader context of achieving the client’s goals.
As it turned out, my first year with the Firm coincided with the outbreak of COVID-19 and the challenges it presented. As a Firm, we have been able to adapt to the client’s needs as those needs were changed because of COVID-19. We have been able to continue to provide individually tailored services to our clients under difficult circumstances. We have not allowed the epidemic from stopping us from drafting estate planning documents and, most importantly, from having those plans implemented and executed. We have continued to handle fiduciary litigation regardless of how restricted the access to the courts has been. I am pleased to have contributed to keeping our Firm functioning at a high, and effective, level under such adverse conditions.
The attorneys at the Firm all have a passion for estates and trusts work that shows in the quality of that work and what they expect from each other. The client-focus and the team approach facilitate this culture of excellence. The dedication to putting the client first is refreshing and something that may not be accomplished at a larger firm. As the newest associate attorney with Franke Beckett, I remain excited to contribute to the small firm culture and bring the same quality of work set forth by the managing partners.
I graduated from Washington College in 2015 with a B.A. in History. Following graduation, I attended the University of Baltimore School of Law. During my time in law school I participated in the Jessup C. International Law Moot Court Competition, was a law scholar to the L.L.M. program, a research assistant for Professor Nienke Grossman and a Production Editor on the Law Review Journal. Additionally, during the Summer of 2017, I was an interim law clerk to the Honorable Judge Richard S. Bernhardt. I graduated cum laude from the University of Baltimore with a J.D. in 2018 and was admitted to practice in Maryland in December of 2018.
University of Baltimore School of Law
Bachelor of Arts, History