Running a Law Firm: It Takes a Village

Starting my own practice has been an amazing experience. In just a few months, I have experienced so many of the challenges and joys of being a business owner. The work days are long, but then again, that is a lawyer’s life, not just a business owner’s! And I am fortunate to be able to follow my passion and work in family law every day. But although I am a solo practicing attorney, I don’t do it all on my own. I have an incredible support team that includes my BNI group, accountant, bookkeeper, assistants, partners at Pickard & Ross (whose building my office is in), fellow members of the 1st Judicial District Access to Justice Program, Lutheran Church of the Cross, and even my former employer. And last, but certainly not least, the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce.

I was honored to have recently participated in a ribbon cutting with the chamber, which extended an honorary membership to my firm. As you can see in the photo, the Evergreen Chamber Ambassadors, aka “Green Vests,” were also on hand.

My connection to the chamber is strong, as I am general counsel to the Evergreen Chamber Board of Directors and assisted in the formation of the Evergreen Chamber Community Fund, which helps local businesses and individuals in times of disaster. I appreciate their support! It’s a wonderful organization to be a part of.

There are several other organizations that I volunteer my time with and are important to my success as well. I am sergeant-at-arms for the Evergreen Rotary, a grants representative on the First Judicial District Access to Justice (ATJ) Program, volunteer attorney for the statewide Virtual Clinic program and Sunday school teacher at Lutheran Church of the Cross.

So while it’s great to be proud of having my own business, I couldn’t do it without this village of support that helps me be the best family law attorney I can be, and I will continue to do everything I can to give back.
Thank you, everyone!Beth Andersen at Evergreen ribbon cutting
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