Amy Clark read through these laws in amazement. Somehow growing up, I had learned to accept the idea that corporations profited often at the expense of the people, that rich men with power took advantage of others and the rest of us took it on the chin and moved on as best we were able.
The idea that there were laws to tip the scales towards the everyday people energized me. Motivated with my new knowledge, I started reading and studying and applied to law school. August of 1999, I started law school at USC. I graduated and passed the California Bar in 2002 and passed the Texas bar in 2004.
I worked one year at a large firm, most of my hours spent pouring over the banks’ documents from the tax transactions in the Enron bankruptcy. After that, I worked for Doumanian & Associates, a small, woman-run law firm who mainly represented public entities like school districts. I really enjoyed litigation and I loved my teacher clients, but I really wanted to represent consumers.
On July 5, 2006 I opened my solo law practice in Pasadena California and I moved to Austin Texas in 2010. At first, I counseled clients through bankruptcy, but while I loved the relief bankruptcy could offer, I saw injustices that were going unaddressed.
Fraudulent debt settlement scams, abusive collectors, and unfair auto dealers, payday and title lenders — so many con artists and bullies lined up to take advantage of my clients at their most vulnerable! Some consumers in need of bankruptcy help could not even afford my low fees as their last dollars had gone to a scammer who gave them false hope.
I missed being in court, so I returned to my fighting ways — still representing my consumer clients but now seeking just retribution against those who harass, cheat and steal from honest consumers trying their best to keep afloat through financial hardship. Someone recently asked me why I love my job.
The answer is easy – because I like beating up bullies. Some days I go to court and my client and I lose, and those days are hard, but every day that I fight on for justice for my clients is a day worth celebrating.
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