I wanted to be a lawyer since age 12 and
believe God put the desire in my heart. For 14 years I worked for an
insurance company defending personal injury claims. But the longer I
stayed on the job, the more dissatisfied I became. I tried to perform
my work ethically, but a nagging feeling kept telling me this wasn’t
where I ultimately belonged.
|Jane Santoni finds her calling as a Maryland lawyer “fighting for people who can’t fight for themselves.”|
2002, I was laid off. My boss started his own firm and asked me to
join. Self-employment meant no steady pay, no benefits, no clients, no
guarantees. I was the primary breadwinner, and in many ways this option
was insane. But it was the only way for me to grow in a different legal
direction. So after prayer, research, family discussions and consulting
other professionals, I did it.
My first client was a man who
paid $1,500 for a car warranty. Within weeks of buying his car the
engine blew. The warranty company refused to pay, so he was dipping
into his modest 401K to pay for repairs. I became incensed, wrote a
letter and the company relented. Early on, another client was a single
mother who lost her home due to a chemical leak. Both her insurance
company and the chemical company refused to pay. She was desperate. I
took the case and was able to get her a new home.
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