Feb 28, 2017
Feb 28, 2017
By Patricia Conway
What is your practice area?
I practice civil litigation at Richards, Watson & Gershon, primarily for local government agencies all over the Bay Area with more time spent in Marin than anywhere else.
Why did you decide to become a lawyer?
I was drawn to the problem solving aspect of it.
Why do you live in Marin?
We originally moved to San Francisco for my work. We then moved to Marin, and I cannot think of a better place to live. I love the people of Marin. They are very forward thinking with a strong desire for diversity, even if the implementation of it is not quite there yet.
What do you love to do when you are not busy practicing law?
It’s pretty much law or basketball for me. Well, I did try skiing for the first time this year and I must admit I really enjoyed it. I guess I might have room for a second hobby.
Tell us about your family.
I have an amazing 17-month-old-baby named Louise. She is the most outgoing, happiest little girl you could meet … and she gets it all from my wife, Denise. I met Denise just before my 18th birthday at St. Mary’s College in Moraga. When she found out that I could not go home to L.A. for my birthday, she gathered a bunch of friends and threw me a party in our dorm, cake and all. She has been stuck with me ever since. She is a teacher but taking time off since having the baby, and currently running her parents’ gas station in San Anselmo on a part-time basis.
If you could pursue any other career besides law, what would it be and why?
Easy one, I would do something finance related. I love to play with numbers and have a finance background. I watch the market and do some financial consulting in my free time so that would definitely be my alternate career.
Why did you join MCBA?
I was already working with so many clients in Marin that once I moved to Marin, I felt that there was no excuse for not getting to know the legal community by joining MCBA, which I do not regret at all.
If you had to pick a single highlight of your career, what would it be?
Back when the redevelopment agencies went away, there was an attempt to take money away from the First 5 Commissions across the state (which oversee and support the funding of education, health, and child care programs for children ages 0 to 5 and their families) and put them in the state general fund. When I was working in Los Angeles, I helped successfully keep $400 million in the budget of the Los Angeles First 5 Commission…I’m all about the kids.