AGE 32Associate Attorney, Hughes Gorski Seedorf Odsen & Tervooren LLC
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Best stress reliever?Painting, mixed martial arts training or running.
Education: Juris Doctor, Cum Laude from Vermont Law School, Bachelor’s Degrees in History and Political Science with a minor in Women’s Studies from University of Delaware, Pennsylvania State Secondary Education Certification, Social Studies, General Science from Edinboro University
Community work: Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Anchorage Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Section, Alaska Mock Trial Competition, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Anchorage Bar MLK Day of Service
Family: Brother and parents living far away Outside.
Hometown: Clearfield, Penn.
Favorite lunch spot? Midtown New Sagaya – the $5.99 rice bowl is the best value around.
Best stress reliever? Painting, mixed martial arts training or running.
Favorite place in Alaska? Nome. I spent my first year in Alaska working in Nome and feel a kinship to it. It was a great place to be introduced to the Alaskan spirit and strong sense of community.
Your most memorable experience that could only have happened in Alaska. I had my first bear experience last summer! I was hiking the ridge leading back from Baldy with my roommate’s 25-pound dog teaching her to be off leash. I came over a hump where a brown bear was 300 yards off. I yelled to scare it. The bear ran off but the dog chased him, getting within about 30 yards before stopping and trotting back like nothing happened.
What is the strangest thing you’ve ever seen in Alaska? Iditarod week in Nome. You have to experience it to believe it.
Name the person you most respect and why. My father. As I have grown, I have seen much of his personality come out in me. He is an amazing businessman who worked his tail off to grow the family business and, at the same time, constantly volunteered and gave back to the community. He’s retired, and still gives back. Plus, he taught me how to use power tools and shoot guns.
Famous quote to live by: “Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude.” — Dale Carnegie. “Everything is a competition.” — Me
How did you make your first dollar? Washing grease- and metal shavings-covered plastic folders that the drawings for my father’s machine shop were kept in at 10 cents a piece.
What did your pet or child teach you about business? If you look cute enough, you’ll get treats.
Favorite superhero? G.I. Joe. They didn’t have superpowers; they were just peak, alpha warriors committed to defending the people.
What is the best moral lesson learned from a character in a book? I’m not sure if Yossarian in “Catch-22” made me a cynic or brought out the natural cynic in me, but since reading it, I’ve been very aware of faulty and circular logic, and general bureaucratic inefficiency. It worked out well for becoming a defense attorney.
What was the least intelligent thing you’ve ever done or seen and what did you learn from it? I am really good at doing dumb things (just ask my parents). It’s taught me that good preparation and asking questions ahead of time are invaluable.
Describe something you learned as a child that made a difference in your later years. Hard work is key. It brings success and sense of pride that you cannot get by cutting corners. I got my working papers at 14 and haven’t stopped. A strong work ethic will take you far and let you experience things that few others get to witness. I thank my parents for that.