Attorney at Law Magazine Publisher Dale Lane sat down with paralegal Ronda Bowden to discuss her career, and mentors that encouraged her along the way.
AALM: When did you first know you wanted to join the legal field? What drew you to this career?
RB: I knew I wanted to join the legal field at a very young age. I’m not real sure what drew me to this career other than I have always been fascinated with the law.
AALM: Did you ever want to do anything else?
RB: One point I wanted to go into nursing; however, after taking some courses I decided that a nursing career was not for me.
AALM: Do you have any mentors that encourage you?
RB: I have had two mentors that have really left an impression on me. Attorney Lisa Vance was the first to hire me as a paralegal and taught me everything from how to file a document at the courthouse to preparing for trial. I wouldn’t realize until years later into my career how beneficial this would be. Lisa has such a passion for the law and her clients that it has really stuck with me through the years. The next mentor is attorney Nik Mimari. Nik took time to work with me on projects, taught me how to strengthen my research skills and expand on my discovery preparation. Nik also taught me about client development, and I was able to witness firsthand how he handles client meetings and treats his clients with the utmost respect. Most importantly, Nik taught me a lot about experts and their different areas of expertise which has really helped me in my job today.
AALM: What are some of the best lessons they’ve taught you?
RB: No task is ever too big or too small. Do not ever be afraid to ask questions.
AALM: What experiences have taught you the most?
RB: I’ve learned through the years to look at your calendar and deadlines for the next 30 days. Reviewing your calendar this far out will help you prioritize your tasks and assist in preventing last minute chaos.
AALM: How is practice of law different than you envisioned?
RB: I once believed the practice of law was black and white; however, after working in the legal field for so many years I discovered there are quite a few gray areas.
AALM: What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Hobbies? Sports?
RB: I love to travel. I enjoy reading books and constantly educating myself in new areas. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends.
AALM: Tell us a story about one of your cases or a professional experience that has made an impression on you.
RB: A year and a half ago I was provided an opportunity to work for Texas Medical Legal Consultants, LLC. This opportunity has re-directed my career and I am now working with physicians and attorneys to assist in their expert needs.
AALM: Is there anything else you’d like to add?
RB: Education is the one thing no one can take from you.