By Jasmeen A. Ubhi
I’ve always wanted more in life. I spent my undergrad taking as many classes as I could, trying to figure myself out. I spent a considerable amount of time switching majors but I eventually narrowed myfocus to two majors: Psychology & Social Behavior and Criminology, Law & Society. Instead of choosing a major, I decided that I would just double major. During this time, I was working at a personal injury/workers compensation law firm where the lead attorney pushed me to take the LSAT. Having no desire to actually attend law school, I sat for the exam mostly just to appease my boss. After taking the exam, things just snowballed and I ended up applying to law school. Throughout law school I continued to work in the legal profession to gain more experience.
While awaiting bar results, I was hired by a healthcare financial management organization to assist in third party recovery. After I passed the bar, the president of the company offered me the position of in-house counsel. This was a huge task as I had to quickly learn the laws governing MediCare/Medi-Cal. I was lucky enough to have a wonderful paralegal who took me under his wing and showed me the ropes. Before
I knew it, I was preparing and facilitating resolutions for writs of mandamus on behalf of healthcare institutions. My roles and duties changed throughout my employment there but I still wanted more. After a couple of years, I started applying to various attorney positions but nothing seemed to fit. So I took the plunge and opened up my own workers compensation defense practice working for a small group of clients. I had some background in workers compensation from working as a legal assistant during law school, but had to learn a great deal on my own.
During my career as an attorney, I have had to rely on myself to learn the various nuances of the law. Honestly, you really do not know how strong you are until you push yourself. Being successful as a solo practitioner does not mean you have to work in a firm to “learn the ropes.” Law school does not have a residency program – unlike medical school – so we are pushed into the practice of law with little or no experience.
Jasmeen Ubhi just described her practice. Her office is in Simi Valley
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