At Surratt & Thompson, we work with you to provide the representation that you deserve while bringing a human touch to the legal process. We care about forming a personal relationship with all of our clients here in Forsyth County. That’s why we want you to get to know us as people, not just attorneys. We want to introduce you to each of our attorneys individually.
What brought you to Surratt & Thompson?
Another attorney I had worked with during law school recommended Surratt & Thompson to me because I wanted to work in both estates and litigation. At the time, this was the firm’s two primary practice areas, so it was perfect for me. I met with the attorneys here at that time and worked part-time during law school. I enjoyed the familial atmosphere and the mentoring that I got from the attorneys, so I stayed on after graduation and have been here ever since!
What is, in your opinion, the most important quality in a person?
What has been the most rewarding part of work at Surratt & Thompson?
The wide variety of cases and clients I’ve gotten to work with during my time here. I’ve been encouraged at every turn to try new things and not be afraid to fail. This led me to try criminal defense, which has become a large part of my work, as well as family law, real estate, and business litigation. This try-and-see method also led me to areas that I didn’t love, but I’m a better lawyer and advocate for being exposed to many types of cases and clients.
What are you most passionate about professionally?
Solving problems for people. Most clients come to see me because they have a problem that they don’t know how to resolve. Telling people that their issues have a solution and that we will take care of it is a great relief for them, and I enjoy seeing their burdens eased.
What’s the greatest piece of advice you’ve been given?
“Find what you love and do it.”
You’re never going to love every aspect of your job every day. But you also shouldn’t be miserable every day just for a paycheck. I’m blessed to have found a firm where I have fascinating and diverse work and great colleagues that support me. Now I’m enjoying teaching the new generation of law students and young lawyers the same lessons that I was taught years ago.
How do you recharge?
Reading and baking. I love to read and the escape from a stressful day that a good story provides. And I love to bake and create things with my hands that other people enjoy eating.
What’s the coolest thing you’re working on or have done in the past six months?
It’s been more than six months, but my cookie business is absolutely the coolest thing I’ve worked on this past year. I’ve always enjoyed cooking and baking, but these cookies have let me explore my artistic, creative side more than I ever knew I had.
What is your favorite quote?
“This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.’” Isaiah 30:15
What makes you laugh the most?
My husband. He’s the funniest person I know. He can make anything funny and routinely pulls me out of a bad mood with his jokes.
What are your top three “bucket list” items?
- Travel to London (and meet the Queen!)
- See Billy Joel in concert
- Visit the Holy Land
The Godfather and A Few Good Men
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen and 11/22/63 by Stephen King
Place to be or visit
Anywhere near the ocean
The West Wing and Friends
UNC Tar Heels and the New York Yankees
Place to eat locally
Village Tavern and Bad Daddy’s
Place to eat elsewhere
Biscuit Head in Asheville, NC