January 4, 2013

Four on Friday: Leslie Brooking of Hartman Simons

we announced recently
, we here at Hartman Simons are thrilled to announce
the hiring of two new attorneys: Leslie Brooking and Laura Kurlander. For
today’s installment, we sat down with Leslie to talk about her legal career,
her hobbies and why her schoolteachers pegged her as a lawyer early on.

Many thanks to Leslie for her time.  

Leslie Brooking

Leslie Brooking

On what areas will your practice at
Hartman Simons focus? 

My practice will focus on real
estate and business litigation.

Give us an overview of your legal career
before joining Hartman Simons. 

Brooking: I graduated from Emory University School
of Law in 2011 in the top 15 percent of my class. I worked full-time as a law
clerk at Schulten, Ward & Turner LLP while studying for the July 2011 bar
exam, and transitioned into an associate position that fall. 

What inspired you to become a lawyer, and why
are you drawn to litigation?

Brooking: Growing up, my parents always said I was
the queen of negotiating and nothing if not persistent. I realize now this was
a nice way of saying that if they gave me an answer I didn’t like, I argued
with them until they agreed with me.

In school, I
was always the kid who stood up to the teacher. If a student was being scolded
simply because the teacher misunderstood what the student had said, I couldn’t
help but explain the miscommunication to our teacher. I was told by many
teachers, “You should be a lawyer someday – but today is not that day.”

enough, I taught high-school English for several years before going to law
school, and I had several of my own aspiring lawyers in class. I like to think
I was a little more accepting of their aptitude for oral argument than my
teachers were of mine.

How do you like to spend your time away
from the office – what are some of your hobbies?

Brooking: As far as hobbies, I like to travel, jog
and read mystery novels. When I am away from the office, I am usually with
family. With a 14-year-old and an 11-year-old, we stay busy! Plus, almost all
of my family and my husband’s family live in metro Atlanta, so we like to visit
them whenever we can. 

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