July 30, 2010
Meet Laura Bogrees, ColumbusLawyerFinder.com
Laura Bogrees (view ColumbusLawyerFinder.com profile)
Why did you decide to become an attorney?
Abraham Law employed me as a legal assistant at the age of 19. Abraham Law was a small family-owned law firm that gave personal attention to its clients. The clients often treated us like family as well, and I realized that good lawyers could really make a difference in people's lives. I always loved working with the public, and my classmates in school often looked up to me as a leader and someone they could confide in with their personal issues. Being a lawyer provides me the wonderful opportunity to combine my compassion for helping others with my interest of learning challenging aspects of law.
What experiences (work and personal) help you to be a better attorney?
I have a very rural background by growing up in Portsmouth, Ohio. People in my hometown are hard working but encounter many obstacles due to the struggling economy. I personally understand the present challenges faced by clients.
What makes your law firm unique?
I truly advocate for my clients' interests and provide personalized attention. I have a small law firm consisting of a law clerk and an assistant. We take time to listen to our clients and keep them thoroughly informed of their cases. I give my clients my cell phone number and often take phone calls on the weekends and evenings. I understand that life continues after 5 p.m., and often clients have major issues occur in their case after regular business hours.
Describe your personal interests and hobbies.
From growing up in southern Ohio, I love any activity that is outdoors.
Describe your charitable activities.
As a member of Junior League, I work at Bargain Box in October where we sell household items and clothing to the public to raise money for local charities. This is a 3-day event, and we often work at the Veterans Memorial until 11 p.m. each night preparing for the event. I also serve as Mentor coordinator for Junior League where I mentor individuals in the organization. I am part of Kids in the Kitchen, an organization providing education to families about healthy diets. We spend a lot of time at the Franklin County Conservatory teaching kids how to grow fruits and vegetables and prepare delicious healthful meals. As an avid runner and vegetarian, I assist Local Matters and the Susan B. Komen Foundation by participating in events and supporting local farmers by shopping locally or at farmer's markets. My sister passed away with Lupus at the age of 32. Since then, I take every opportunity to help the Lupus Foundation of America educate people about this obscure and often terminal disease.
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