Despite the irony of her name containing the word, “law,” Angela Law’s passion wasn’t always in the legal field. She originally attended college in pursuit of a marine biology and chemistry degree. It wasn’t until she had begun working in a lab with her professors that she decided a science career wasn’t a great fit for her. Law didn’t want to spend her life teaching and begging for grant money to do research, nor did she want to spend an additional four years in school chasing down her childhood goal of practicing veterinary medicine. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science, Law was struggling to find a stable career within a scientific community that did not require a post-graduate degree.
It was during this time, that Law became interested in forensic science and began a transition into law enforcement. She eventually joined the Dallas Police Department, the Carrollton Police Department, and volunteered for the Town of Ponder. As a police officer, she held an intermediate state certification in crime scene and domestic violence investigation. The latter would come to help her in her successful family law practice. As she settled into her career, Law became disenchanted with the departmental politics.
“I had always loved the law, so at the suggestion of a fellow officer, I began considering it,” she said. “Since I was required to be in court as part of my job, I began watching the prosecutor closely and knew I could do it. I started the process of applying to law schools.”
Now a family law attorney, Law focuses her practice on bringing the best outcome for the family unit – especially the kids.
“The stress of family law is indescribable,” she said. “You deal with broken people and the injustices of the legal system,” she said. “You try to make things right, but you’re not always successful. The most frustrating thing I deal with is the abuse of protective orders, which are often used as a pre-divorce method to get custody of children and alienate a parent.”
At 37, despite the odds she was given, she became pregnant with twin boys. With the prospect of raising her sons on long hours and a small salary, Law made the decision to part ways with her law firm. In 2010, she founded her own practice. “I am able to choose the clients I work with and the hours I spend in the office,” she said. “It has been a great thing for me.”
“You only have one chance to be a parent,” she said. “I chose not to waste my opportunity. My children are well worth it.”
Over the last few years, Law’s practice has grown mostly on referrals from other attorneys, former clients and opposing parties. “I must be doing something right if my opponents are sending me work.”
As she looks ahead, Law is considering moving more toward the appellate arena. “My favorite part of the job is the legal research and the writing involved,” she said. “I think it’s my science brain. I would love the opportunity to work with an appellate attorney and switch my focus to appeals. We’ll just have to see.”