Attorney at Law Magazine Palm Beach Publisher Rheene Leon sat down with Alan Crane to discuss the rewards and challenges of his career.
AALM: What do you find particularly rewarding about being an attorney?
Crane: As a bankruptcy attorney, when an individual or business client comes in for an initial consultation they have the weight of the world on their shoulders. I ask pointed, open-ended and reflective questions until I can assess the facts of their case and their biggest concerns and goals. Together we establish realistic goals and a path to success. I get great satisfaction from watching the weight lift off their shoulders after our initial consultation and again when they conclude their case. I can hear the change in their voice and even see it in their body language.
AALM: What do you find particularly challenging about your practice? How do you overcome these challenges?
Crane: The interpretation of the law is forever changing. A strategy that is applicable to a case one day may not be applicable the next day. I stay informed by lecturing and attending CLE events in my practice areas. I am fortunate to work at Furr Cohen P.A. where we work collaboratively on complex issues and cases.
AALM: Did you have any mentors or professors who helped develop your career?
Crane: When I was a new lawyer, I had several mentors that assisted me in growing as an attorney. I believe in paying it forward and I actively mentor several attorneys and belong to the mentoring committee of the South County Bar Association.
AALM: What would you tell other attorneys who want to follow in your footsteps?
Crane: In my last semester at law school, I had the opportunity to do an internship with the Florida Department of Legal Affairs. I had two appellate arguments and was lead counsel on a trial during that internship. In all three instances, I was going up against experienced lawyers. I spent many hours learning the law and the facts of each case. I was fortunate to be the prevailing attorney in all three cases. The lesson that I learned and pass on when mentoring young attorneys is that preparation is the great equalizer that can allow an inexperienced lawyer to successfully argue their case against more experienced lawyers.
AALM: What do you find most rewarding in your day-to-day work as an attorney?
Crane: At Furr Cohen P.A., I work with extremely smart, personable and competent lawyers and staff. It is truly a pleasure to come to work each day. I enjoy the opportunity to assist other lawyers in their cases. I have the benefit of being able to share knowledge and ideas and build relationships as a member and lecturer with various organizations.
AALM: What are some of your interests outside of work?
Crane: I enjoy spending time with my four children. I am an avid boater and fisherman. I travel as much as possible. Recently, I received my scuba certification and I am learning how to sail.
AALM: Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Crane: I am a proponent of giving back to the community and the legal profession. I support the good work of the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach Inc. I have committed many hours to the representation of those less fortunate. I am proud of having received the Florida Bar President’s Award for the 15th Judicial Circuit and Pro Bono Awards from the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach Inc. on three separate occasions.