Attorney at Law Magazine Miami Publisher Rhenne Leon sat down with Sandy T. Fox to discuss his career.
AALM: When did you first know you wanted to become an attorney? What drew you to this career?
Fox: After college, I decided that I was going to apply to law school. In law school, I was not sure if being a lawyer was really what was best for me or what I really wanted to do. However, once I had my first job as a law clerk and was able to see how a case was handled, both inside and outside of a courtroom, I knew that I wanted to become an attorney.
AALM: What was the greatest lesson you learned in law school? How do you apply that to your career today?
Fox: The greatest lesson that I learned in law school was the importance of lawyers being honest. You are not always going to have the best facts in your case. As a lawyer, you must always be honest with your clients, opposing counsel and the court so that you can effectively do the best job for your client and uphold the integrity of the profession.
AALM: What experiences have taught you the most?
Fox: The experience of being a lawyer has taught me the most because there are no two cases that are the same and I learn something new with each case. Every single case is a new experience and I am fortunate that I am always learning new things about the law.
AALM: What do you find particularly rewarding about your practice?
Fox: I find that the most rewarding aspect of marital and family law is being able to assist children and families during an extremely difficult time.
AALM: What do you find particularly challenging about your practice? How to you overcome these challenges?
Fox: The part that I find particularly challenging about the practice of marital and family law is the level of uncertainty that is involved with litigating a case. There is a tremendous amount of judicial discretion and often it is extremely challenging when the law is not black and white. I overcome these challenges by understanding how the legal issue will be perceived by the court so that I can effectively present the case in order to achieve the best results for my clients.
AALM: What traits do you think make an attorney exceptional? What’s the difference between a good attorney and an outstanding one?
Fox: I think that being prepared, understanding how to effectively advocate regardless of the facts of your case and being able to present your case in an organized manner are just some of the traits that make an attorney exceptional.
AALM: What accomplishment are you most proud of achieving?
Fox: I am really proud of achieving board certification in marital and family law in 2013 and having my own law firm since 2005.
AALM: What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Hobbies? Sports?
Fox: I really enjoy being able to travel internationally. The world is an amazing place with such a wide variety of cultures and traditions. During the past year, I have been to the United Arab Emirates, India, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong.