Amy has a rich history that started in east Africa, being born and raised in Kenya and Sudan, where her love of the outdoors, animals, and helping people was fostered. After moving to the United States when she was 17, Amy first went to the University of Central Florida to get a degree in business management, and then transferred to Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon, where she finished her schooling with dual majors in Business and Theology.
After college, Amy worked for 10 years with teens in the youth ministry field. She began her legal career in Orlando, FL at Roberts & Robold, P.A. starting out as the Receptionist and then Legal Assistant aiding the attorneys in Family Law, Bankruptcy, and Foreclosure cases. For the past 6 years Amy has loved getting to be a stay-at-home mom with her 3 children, but when the opportunity arose to take a position at FWI Legal, she jumped at the chance to work in the legal field again.
When she’s not working, Amy enjoys baking, painting, and spending time with her family and houseful of pets. Amy’s love of all animals is strong, and her husband Chris has indulged her passion over the years. Currently she is the proud pet mom of 3 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 giant breed rabbits.
Q & A to Amy:
1. What made you decide to work for FWI Legal?
I met Ali Bartusiak, FWI Legal’s Accountant, when our sons were in preschool together, and we quickly became good friends. She would often talk about the work she does for FWI Legal. Her respect for the firm, and especially the three partners, was clear. When Ali told me they were looking for a new paralegal, I decided I wanted to go back to working outside of the home, and took the opportunity. I already knew from Ali that this is a company that values their employees, clients, and puts family first. It was an easy decision to make, and I don’t have a single regret.
2. What do you value most about being a personal injury paralegal?
I really enjoy getting to know the clients. It gives me such joy to repair their lives and work toward getting them back to who they were before they were injured. This is a field that makes me feel like I am making a positive impact in people’s lives as we work together on the road to recovery.
3. How do you think growing up in Africa helps you relate to others?
Growing up in a third world country, I was exposed early on to the harshness of life. I developed a deep desire to help others. Especially those that don’t have the means to help themselves. I know what it looks like for injuries to go untreated, and the life-long pain and suffering that causes. It gives me great joy to help others avoid that as an outcome.