June 29, 2012
inc Mentoring Program: Adam Todd
~ written by Jocelyn Armstrong, Columbus Bar inc Program Administrator
Mentors are an integral part of the success of the Columbus Bar inc program. Their generous donations of time and wisdom add to the overall development of the new attorneys. Over the next few weeks, we will highlight the Columbus Bar inc mentors.
Adam Todd is a 2004 graduate of Capital University Law School. Prior to starting his solo practice, he was in-house counsel at an insurance company, as well as working at both small and large law firms. His practice is devoted to civil litigation, specifically in the areas of real estate and business matters.
Adam decided to volunteer as an inc mentor because he was impressed with how the program prepares new attorneys for practice. “While law school focuses on substantive law and theory, the inc program, through its mentors and educational opportunities, helps new attorneys understand the business of practice.” The one thing he enjoys most about participating as an inc mentor is observing the camaraderie among the attorneys. “The program fosters an environment for attorneys to build their individual practices while leaning on each other for support and encouragement.”
Adam first developed the passion for mentoring as a participant in the Supreme Court of Ohio Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program. As a new attorney, he found his mentor to be an invaluable asset in his early career. “Mentors provide an opportunity to ask questions a new lawyer might not feel comfortable asking in the office environment.”
When asked what advice he tries to give new attorneys, Adam said to “be intentional.” He stressed the importance of taking steps to make deliberate decisions about practice areas, marketing, communicating with clients, and making connections with others. “A successful solo is purposeful in his or her actions.”