July 17, 2009
Meet Lisa Slotnick, ColumbusLawyerFinder.com
Lisa Slotnick (view ColumbusLawyerFinder.com profile)
Why did you decide to become an attorney?
I've always enjoyed working with people and helping to solve their problems. As a college student, I spent time volunteering to help people study for and acquire their GED's and I also acted as a tutor for my fellow students. My psychology degree pointed me in the direction of the law, helping me to understand what motivates human behavior and how I might be able to address the problems someone is having.
What experiences help you to be a better attorney?
My psychology degree certainly helps me regularly. I'm a more inclusive thinker because of the six years I spent as a Guardian Ad Litem, taking into consideration the perspective of all parties involved in divorce, the children, both spouses, the teachers, and even the psychologists. My work and training with Collaborative Divorce Professionals has encouraged me to be creative and willing to negotiate towards resolution of goals and to keep costs down. And lastly, my work as a Franklin County Domestic Court-Approved Mediator has reinforced my desire to resolve matters on behalf of my clients in order to maintain some control of the outcome.
What made you choose your primary area of law?
Wills, Trusts, and Estates became a focus of mine more recently as I've watched my parents age and older family members pass away. I've seen the very real need for personal attention ensuring the protection of assets for spouses, children, and grandchildren.
What makes your law firm unique?
The experience I bring to the table, the care and personal attention I give each of my clients, and the creative solutions I seek out on behalf of my clients.
Describe your ideal client.
Someone who is interested in the process and comes to our first meeting organized and with the proper documents. I understand that all matters involving estate planning and family law can be stressful, but I can help ease the burden.
Describe your personal interests and hobbies.
I enjoy spending time with my husband and our cat. I'm an avid runner and have completed both marathons and half-marathons. We also enjoy traveling and exploring different locales. And, when I have down time, I like to read and write fiction.
Describe your charitable activities.
I participate regularly in the Cerebral Palsy Pedal for Pete, a charitable bike race where I raise money and ride each year to benefit cerebral palsy research. I also donate annually to Detroit PAL, an organization I came into contact with when I ran the Detroit Marathon, and that provides baseball and softball programs for low income children. Also, the work that I do as a Juvenile Victim Offender Mediator is entirely voluntary.