Tell us about your practice.
I practice corporate governance and securities litigation. Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims in July 2014, I practiced in Delaware, where I focused on corporate governance/breach of fiduciary duty stockholder litigation. I practiced with a boutique firm (Bouchard, Margules & Friedlander) that split its time between plaintiff and defense work, which gave me well rounded experience. The Delaware Court of Chancery has a very limited number of routine players, so it was a great community to be a part of, and I really enjoyed the expedited proceedings and efficiency of that court. I enjoy working with clients that are experiencing intracorporate conflicts or going through a business divorce.
Why did you choose to pursue a career in the legal field?
I chose a career in the legal field after interning on Capitol Hill. I had previously been active politically and intended on pursuing a career in politics, but became very disenchanted with politicians and law-making. I started studying the history of the Supreme Court and became an intern for Chief Justice Roberts and my interest migrated to law.
How did you get involved in your pro bono efforts with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)?
I got involved with CASA by reaching out to the volunteer director. I pursued the opportunity because it would give me access to a totally unfamiliar world – both in and outside of the courtroom. I've had the opportunity to meet and get to know our family court judges and am learning some family law, which is helpful. The best part about being a CASA is that I get to protect children from abuse and neglect. Prior to becoming a CASA, I never witnessed child abuse firsthand. What I have seen now confirms that there is a huge need for our community to work together and hold adults accountable for how they treat their children – CASA is an organization that responds to that need and I am proud to be a part of it.
Read Jamie's recent volunteer profile with CASA on the organization's website.