February 26, 2010
Meet Zachuary Meranda, ColumbusLawyerFinder.com
Zachuary Meranda (view ColumbusLawyerFinder.com profile)
Why did you decide to become an attorney?
Relieving that ever-looming burden of helplessness and despair is the most rewarding experience a person can have. Being an attorney has allowed me to work towards that goal on a daily basis. With each client come new problems and new challenges. There is one overriding principle at The Meranda Law Firm: treating the client as a top priority. Many individuals want to help people. Lawyers have the opportunity to do this on an everyday basis. This is a badge of honor that all of the attorneys at my firm possess. It is demanded not only from me, but every person in the office including non-attorneys. Hearing a client say thank you with great sincerity and relief after I have guided them through their issue is why I became an attorney.
What experiences (work and personal) help you to be a better attorney?
I do not believe there is a single experience that has made me into the attorney that I am today. I believe that "life" in itself has honed me and made me the attorney I am. I believe being straight forward and honest has enabled me to get to the heart of people's problems, and those clients know I am not here only to collect a check but to resolve a life problem. Every attorney and non-attorney at The Meranda Law Firm has this attitude and perspective on life.
What made you choose your primary area of law?
Criminal Defense and Divorce Law are the two areas of practice that have the biggest impact on people's lives in my view. Most clients come to my office desperate and in need of someone who is just as passionate about their case as they are. Fortunately, all of the attorneys at The Meranda Law Firm take each case personally. For both of these areas of practice, the client has come to our office frustrated, stressed, scared, and in many instances angry. Relieving someone of that stress is one of the most satisfying feelings an attorney or anyone can get.
What makes your law firm unique?
I am the managing partner in the firm. The firm consists of three attorneys and, most important, our secretary/paralegal. The second attorney to be hired at the firm is Rossia Meranda. Mrs. Meranda is a native to El Salvador and is a true asset to the firm with her wealth of knowledge and fluency in Spanish. She primarily practices in the areas of domestic relations, juvenile and criminal law. The third and newest attorney to join The Meranda Law firm is Edward Itayim. Mr. Itayim has an extensive work history, but most notable is Mr. Itayim's eight years serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. Mr. Itayim is using this wealth of knowledge and life experiences to assist clients in the areas of criminal defense. Lastly, the firm's secretary/paralegal is sensitive to the needs of our clients. She is a valuable asset to my firm and goes above and beyond her job description.
Describe your ideal client.
I am a firm believer that the client and I work together on their case. Because of this philosophy, I always welcome any insight my clients have on their issue. Often times attorneys have a very structured way of thinking and our clients bring a different dimension and point of view to the case. Listening and encouraging clients to school themselves on their legal issue is an essential tool for attorneys, unfortunately it is often overlooked. At The Meranda Law Firm, this is one tool we do not take for granted.
Describe your personal interests and hobbies.
Working out, going to social gatherings, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
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