Degree: Juris Doctor, Class of 2006; LL.M. in Organizational Ethics & Compliance, Class of 2015
Current position: Shareholder, Lommen Abdo, P.A.
What does a typical day look like for you?
There is no such thing as a typical day given my practice and firm. Each day presents new challenges, issues and questions that must be addressed. Generally, I provide legal advice in three areas: I help clients develop litigation and compliance strategies to mitigate their risks; I analyze and advise clients on legal, regulatory and compliance concerns; and I advocate for clients in business litigation, professional liability and regulatory proceedings to remediate possible liability.
What motivated you to pursue a degree in Organizational Ethics & Compliance (OEC)?
I was motivated to pursue an Organizational Ethics & Compliance degree to diversify my legal background and better serve my clients. The OEC program was a natural extension of my legal practice and allowed me to further enhance my professional skills.
What skills do you feel are most important for someone in your position?
The skills I learned in Executive Perspectives in Ethics and Compliance are valuable in my current role. That course focused on developing the professional skills necessary to effectively partner with business executives or other personnel to strategically address ethical and compliance concerns. There has been a natural carryover of those skills from the classroom to my practice, which has allowed me to better serve my clients.
How do you engage with other St. Thomas alums? What has been the value of the Tommie network?
I’ve been very involved as an alum. I have annually served as a mentor and as a member of the law alumni board. I’ve also taken every opportunity possible to meet with current or prospective students to discuss the OEC program and St. Thomas Law. Finally, I was involved in launching the Emerging Compliance & Ethics Leaders (ECEL) group and try to attend as many ECEL events as possible.
Did you have any concerns or hesitations prior to starting the program? Once you began taking classes did those concerns still exist?
My concerns were solely personal in nature, i.e., how would I be able to handle a full-time job, being a father to two kids, and the required coursework in the program? I was able to successfully address those concerns through planning and time management, and learned a lot about myself in the process.