Judge Laurie Buchanan
Education: Undergrad? Indiana University
Law School? Quinnipiac University
How long have you been practicing law? 26 years
Why did you want to be an attorney? Became inspired while watching a trial during a high school government class.
What do you like most about it? I feel like I have the opportunity to make a difference in a positive way in the lives of the litigants.
What don’t you like? When the attorneys take on the emotions of their clients and stop focusing on the law.
What are the biggest changes you have seen through the years? A decrease in civility, professionalism and preparation.
How do you define success? Success is only in the eyes of the beholder when they are looking in a mirror.
Who Inspires you? My God and my family
Who has been the most influential person in your career? My mom
If you could choose anyone as a mentor, who would you choose? Bill Roby
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? If you do not want people knowing about a behavior, then you probably shouldn’t be doing it.
What advice would you give to someone looking to become an attorney?
No case or client is ever worth compromising your integrity and values.
If you weren’t an attorney, what would you be doing? I have no idea.
If you could switch places with someone for a day, who would it be? My dogs…they are spoiled rotten!
What’s on your bucket list? Sky-diving, salmon fishing in Alaska, traveling to Ireland and Scotland
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? Seville, Spain
If you could have dinner with any person, alive, dead, or fictional, who would it be and where would you go? I would want to eat Japanese food with my mom again. It was a tradition growing up.
What is something (a fun fact) that many people might be surprised to learn about you? I love to waterski. I was a barefoot waterskier when I was younger and still slalom ski whenever I get the chance.