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Currently living in

Indianapolis, Indiana, US

Work Preferences

Hybrid

Open to roles

Short Term ContractLong Term Employee

About Me

#MissionCommitted#ADHD#NoProblems,OnlySolutions

I am an attorney who has practiced for 29 years in the areas of criminal defense, family law, and civil litigation. I am ADHD, and, over the course of my career, I have discovered that I have a high aptitude for innovation and technology: I excel at both designing and implementing unique solutions. While I enjoy practicing law, the legal profession is not particularly inclusive when it comes to neurodivergent individuals and is often resistant to innovation. Consequently, I am investigating opportunities to move into technology-related fields that will allow me greater creative outlet. Ideally, I would like to find a part time position that would allow me to maintain a part-time law practice, but, for the right kind of opportunity, I would consider a full-time position.

Ideal Workplace Values

My ideal workplace would be neurodivergent-friendly with a mission-committed staff. I perform best in bottom-up management environments where ideas are openly debated and discussed in a respectful manner. I enjoy training younger co-workers and strive to help them discover and play to their strengths.


My Badges

Skills and Strengths

My Neuro-exceptional talent

While, over the course of my career, I have struggled my ADHD-related disabilities, I also became aware that excelled at certain types of projects that most of my neurotypical colleagues could not possibly accomplish. I have been fortunate to find professional roles that allowed me to discover my ADHD superpowers: My first neurodivergent superpower is hyper focus combined with perfectionism. While perfectionism has its downsides, I have found that mine allows me to quickly spot flaws in processes — mechanical flaws as well as those that arise from a failure account for the complexity of human nature. When I encounter complex problems, my hyper focus compels me to dig and dig and dig until I understand the full nature of the problem and its cause. Once I have a complete picture, my hyper focus and perfectionism allow me to develop and implement a solution — often using only existing resources — that is as effective in the real world as it appears on paper. My second superpower is empathy. I have discovered that I am more sensitive to emotions of others than are most neurotypical people. In a healthy, non-toxic environment, this can be a valuable asset. My empathy has allowed me to design technology-based tools that even my most technology-adverse colleagues enjoyed using. My third superpower is my curiosity and thirst for new knowledge. Over the course of my career, I have most enjoyed positions that required me to learn an entirely unfamiliar area of law and allowed me to combine my new knowledge with my prior expertise to design novel, more effective approached to old problems.

Top 5 Soft Skills

CollaborationAdaptabilityCreativityLogical ReasoningCritical Thinking

Inclusion Essentials

Accommodations

Interviewer Experienced with NeurodiversityExtra TimeTask ManagementDaily Check-InsCommunication PlanChunking Large Amounts of ContentFlexible ScheduleUninterrupted Work TimeAide / AttendantSupport Group for StressEmployee Resource Group

Environments I'm comfortable with

Standing for long periods
Working with animals
Driving a vehicle
Working with food
Interaction with the public
Heavy lifting
Bright or blinking lights
Loud noises
Outdoors or places with strong smells
Variable temperatures
Uniforms (hard hat, hair net, etc.)

I struggle with performing repetitive tasks that feel meaningless and arriving regularly at a certain time.

Experience

Check out my work

Working since Dec 2020

Attorney & Owner - Milliken Law LLC

Due to difficulties that arose from the COVID-19 pandemic, I decided to leave my law firm and establish an independent legal practice. The majority of my clients from my previous firm and my paralegal elected to follow me to my new practice. In a space of two weeks, I single-handedly set up our Google workspace, our VOIP phone system, and our legal case management system (including the file transfer) all while managing a caseload of approximately 150 legal matters.

Trial advocacy and preparationLegal writing and analysisLegal case managementTechnology planning and implementationNegotiation strategy
Worked for 1 years, 3 months from Sep 2019 to Nov 2020

Trial attorney - Gresk & Singleton PC

Collaborating with immigration attorneys, I provided legal representation to non-citizen clients in criminal and civil legal matters and developed unique legal strategies to resolve matters in a manner that did not jeopardize my clients' current or future immigration benefits.

Trial advocacy and preparationLegal writing and analysisLegal case managementNegotiation strategy
Worked for 1 years, 8 months from Dec 2017 to Aug 2019

Trial attorney - Liberty Mutual

I was a trial attorney handling insurance defense and workers compensation matters

Trial skills Knowledge of evidentiary rulesability to perform repetitive tasksconformity to rigid processAbility to MultitaskAbility to manage enormous case load
Worked for 4 years, 3 months from Oct 2002 to Dec 2006

Community-based Prosecutor - Marion County Prosecutor’s Office

I worked for the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office from 1994 to 2008. My favorite position Community-based Prosecutor. This was a non-traditional role that focused on designing innovative strategies to address chronic crime problems in blighted communities. I worked with community residents, neighborhood stakeholders and police officers to develop effective proactive strategies to reduce crime and improve quality of life. It was a tough job, but I loved it because it demanded continuous learning and allowed for great creativity. I also enjoyed working with diverse personalities with as well as the challenge of balancing competing interests and responding to the concerns of different groups.

Writing Legal reasoningproblem analysisNegotiationEmpathywritten communication Public speakingdiplomacy

Education and Credentials

Attended for 3 years from 1990 to 1993

Indiana University McKinney School of Law

Doctorate (PhD) - Law

Attended for 4 years from 1986 to 1990

Beloit College

Bachelor's degree - Law