After graduating from Ithaca College in 2003, I began working for a consultancy that managed economic development projects for a number of Southern New Jersey municipalities. My work involved grant writing & fiscal monitoring, managing redevelopment projects, calculating tax credits & incentives, and successfully navigating the framework of state & federal legislation that impacted local communities. I frequently pitched ideas before members of Congress and other elected officials, as well as editorial boards, to garner support for projects and legislative policies. I drafted press releases and sharpened speeches for mayors. I wrote website copy and produced brochures for real estate developers. I also took great pride in helping to promote small businesses and facilitate the creation of special improvement districts to better represent their collective interests, generate jobs and increase ratables.
After several years in economic development, I went on to become the youngest female municipal manager in New Jersey. I instituted new policies & procedures to improve efficiency, transparency and sustainability, and garnered bi-partisan support for many of the projects that I spearheaded. While working in this capacity, I enrolled in a dual graduate degree program at Rutgers University – Camden, pursuing a master’s degree in public administration & a law degree. At the same time, my husband and I started a video production company. Shortly thereafter, people starting asking me for advice about small business management. In response, I began coaching other creative entrepreneurs.
Once I obtained my MPA & JD, I spent five years working at a mid-size firm in New Jersey, specializing in local government law, real estate & land use. Finally, it came time for me to bid adieu to my life as an associate and go solo. Aside from wanting to devote more time to video production, I had the desire to represent only the people, organizations and businesses that I felt a strong connection to. I also sought to create a firm that was responsive to emerging trends in the legal industry, such as non-traditional fee arrangements, virtual office space and comprehensive representation that extends beyond the existing general practice model. Licensed to practice in NJ & PA, I am able to represent clients on both sides of the Delaware River.
When I’m not practicing law or producing video content, I am often presenting at small business conferences on topics related to the intersection of entrepreneurship and law. I also volunteer for LUCY (Lifting Up Camden’s Youth), the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association & Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.