I serve as senior director and senior managing counsel at Lument, helping to advance the company’s business strategy while protecting it from unacceptable risk. On any given day, I may close a seniors housing loan, review an engagement for a broker dealer, or provide advice for Lument Finance Trust. I never really know what the day will bring, but that’s what makes my job challenging and exciting. No matter what the project may be, Lument gives me the opportunity to partner with the business team to brainstorm and find solutions for complex problems.

Serving as an in-house counsel was something I’d always wanted to pursue. I had been in private practice for 11 years when Ryan Farha, now deputy general counsel at Lument’s parent company, ORIX Corporation USA, offered me a job in 2017. There is a great deal of appeal in getting to know one client very well and being an integral part of their business, and it’s been a real pleasure to accomplish that here.

Mentorship has always been important to me. I’m passionate about the professional advancement of women and committed to assisting them to meet their full potential. That’s why this year, I was very proud to receive two prestigious honors for mentoring: a Best Mentor award from Texas Lawyer and a Special Recognition award from the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations for founding Women’s Mentoring Circles, a group dedicated to providing more mentoring opportunities for young women attorneys practicing in Dallas.

I enjoy the culture at Lument. I think the people here are intelligent and focused while also being open and team oriented. I hear my share of good-natured lawyer jokes, but it’s always understood that we’re all committed to working towards the same goal. As a member of the legal team, I feel valued, welcome, and an important part of Lument.