To be at the top of your game in the world of bankruptcy law, you need to seek mentors and be a mentor

Appearing in a federal courtroom and hearing the judge announce our case as the United States of America versus the individual client next to me is one of the many memories that will stay with me throughout my career. By defending individuals accused of federal crimes, I realized very early on in my career the immense responsibility and privilege of this profession.

Though my practice shifted to primarily bankruptcy and restructuring matters and someone’s liberty is not on the line (generally), the stakes remain high when dealing with a distressed business and all those whose livelihoods depend on that business. Representing a company in financial distress or non-debtor stakeholders affected by or involved directly in bankruptcy cases across nearly every industry requires quickly understanding the client’s business and industry-specific issues and risks and developing the appropriate legal strategy and action plan.

Practicing bankruptcy in Houston, one of the busiest venues for complex business bankruptcy cases in the nation, allows me to work with the best bankruptcy and restructuring professionals from around the country. Such an opportunity would not have been possible without the support of excellent mentors, including the bankruptcy judges who reinvigorated the corporate restructuring practice in Texas. Our judges give back a tremendous amount of time ensuring that there will be another generation of bankruptcy lawyers in Texas.

Because I know firsthand how valuable mentorship can be, I mentor students and young attorneys every chance I get. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my insight into the practice of law generally and to provide tailored guidance about achieving specific career milestones. Supporting and witnessing personal and professional growth in others is a rewarding and inspiring experience. I want to give back to the next generation my time and energy with the same level of commitment, enthusiasm, and patience that others gave and continue to give to me.

As a female, diverse (Middle Eastern, first-generation American) and first-generation attorney, I understand the importance of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive professional community. In addition to mentoring, serving on committees and boards provides me with an opportunity to encourage more women and underrepresented individuals to consider a rewarding career in bankruptcy and restructuring.