Hancock, Daniel, Johnson & Nagle, P.C.
4701 Cox Road, Suite 400
Richmond, VA 23230
University of Richmond, B.A. English;
T.C. Williams School of Law, J.D.
Professional/business/civic/nonprofit organizations in which you are/have been involved and positions held:
Bon Secours HealthSource Board of Directors, Chair
Virginia State Bar, Health Law Board of Governors, Former Chair
American Heart Association, Go Red for Women-Auction Committee
Roanoke Valley Speech and Hearing Board of Directors, Member
St. Francis Home Board of Directors, Member
Chesapeake General Hospital, Medical Ethics Committee Member
Randolph-Macon College Parents Board
LINC (Legal Information Network for Cancer) Volunteer
Who were the important mentors you have had and how did they impact your career?
The two most important mentors in my life were my grandmother and my high school government teacher. My grandmother, Pearl Harris, was a life-long educator. Born in 1904, she received a college education and taught high school English and elementary school in Louisa County, Virginia. She inspired me to value education and opportunities to grow personally through community connection and service. My grandmother was involved in numerous community organizations and her church, and continued her education throughout her lifetime through vast reading and world travel. She passed away in March of 2009 at 104, but not a day goes by that I do not think of her and how much she continues to inspire me. I would so much have liked to have had her as my guest at the May 20 luncheon.
Pat Hasty was my high school government teacher and she ignited my interest in both education and in the law. Ms. Hasty always challenged her students to work hard and be disciplined. The study habits she taught me served me well in college and law school, but Ms. Hasty taught me more than just study skills. She taught me the value of self-respect and civic duty. Her influence guided me toward my first job as a high school English teacher as well as my second career as an attorney. I was lucky to have a number of talented teachers along the way, but Ms. Hasty is one that stands out in my mind as a true “mentor.”
What do you consider your biggest personal and/or professional accomplishment and why?
My biggest personal accomplishment is raising my daughter, Meredith, who will graduate from college this May. Although, I was hesitant to list this is a “personal” accomplishment since Meredith is largely responsible for the young woman she has become, I think that motherhood is a challenging, wonderful part of a woman’s life, the product of which endures and continues to grow into the future.
My biggest professional accomplishment is having been a founding partner in my law firm, Hancock, Daniel, Johnson and Nagle. I had the opportunity to start this health care law firm with my long term friends in 2003. We have grown the firm from a dozen attorneys to about fifty attorneys and have been named by Modern Health Care as the 11th largest health care law firm in the country and by Virginia Business as the 20th largest law firm in Virginia. There is a great deal of satisfaction working with our health care industry. And nothing is better than being able to share both the good times and the bad with people who are not only your colleagues but your friends.
What advice would you give to a young person graduating from college this spring?
It’s all about relationships. You need to always be working on your personal and what may be your professional relationships. It doesn’t pay to get lazy with respect to networking and nurturing relationships. It is how you will get a job, sustain a job and have a fulfilling personal life.
How do you achieve a balance between your professional life and your personal life?
It helps to be organized. I have learned that work-life balance takes more self-discipline than allowing yourself to be a work-a-holic. But the balance is worth it. So, I tend to try to work as efficiently as possible so that I have time to spend with family and friends and pursue things that I enjoy and that renew me whether that is exercise, pleasure reading or just relaxing at home with my husband.
When you were growing up, what did you want to be?
That changed frequently, so for young people who don’t have a solid plan, I think that is okay. I wanted to be a television anchor, a buyer for a clothing retailer, a real estate agent, a teacher and a lawyer at various times. As it turned out, I have had a chance to do two of those so far.
What is your favorite book or movie and why?
Field of Dreams is my favorite movie. I am not a huge baseball or Kevin Costner fan, but I like that it is a movie about a unique kind of faith that will allow you to experience your dreams.
What are two things about you that not many people know?
I met my husband and was engaged to him only six weeks later. Crazy as that sounds, we will be married 25 years in June.
I am an introvert. Not that I am not a people-person—I am, but I tend to recharge when I am by myself.