Introducing Anita Lamar! Anita is a personal injury and family law attorney at Lamar Law Office in Atlanta, GA. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from University of West Georgia, her Juris Doctorate from Oklahoma City University School of Law and then became a member of the Oklahoma Bar and practiced in Oklahoma in the area of Oil and Gas Law. She is the daughter of famed journalist Hal Lamar. Enjoy Anita's career advice in this interview.
"I have learned to never undervalue myself and my contributions."
Please introduce yourself and tell us about your current job function and industry - What do you do for a living?
My name is Anita Lamar and I am family law and personal injury attorney in Atlanta, Georgia. I am a solo practitioner which means I run my own law firm.
How did you begin on this career path?
When I was in high school, I was on the debate team. I did very well at it and went to college on a full debate scholarship. After graduating college, I worked for a law firm for a year. After my positive debate experience and working for a firm, it was then that I knew I wanted to work in the legal field.
Is your line of work related to what you studied in college? Do you have any advanced degrees?
In college I earned my bachelors degree in political science degree from University of West Georgia. A lot of courses in college were based in legal principles; international law, comparative law, government planning and gave me a basic framework for the legal system locally and globally. I also took a lot of classes with high reading and writing requirements. These skills were essential for law school and in practicing law. I have a B.S. in Political Science and a J.D. in Law from Oklahoma City University School of Law.
As a woman, what is one of the biggest lessons you've learnt working and growing your career?
I have learned to never undervalue myself and my contributions. I noticed that professionally men never had any issue demanding raises, or respect. I noticed that women were less likely to aggressively fight for their entitlements.
Can you tell us about one of your biggest career successes?
My biggest career success has been starting my own law practice. It is one of the most difficult decisions and hardest endeavors I have approached to date. However, the experience of being in business for myself is forever rewarding.
What is your favorite thing about your job?
I enjoy meeting new people. I am blessed in a profession where I deal directly with the people. I meet people from various walks of life. I initially practiced in Oklahoma in the area of Oil and Gas Law but I knew my calling was to work with people and help families so I moved back to Georgia and began practicing in domestic law and never looked back.
Do you have any advice you can share with women reading this who would like pursue a career in your industry?
My advice would be to put your professional goals first. I believe there will always be opportunities for marriage, children, and other equally important milestones in life. But I believe its important to establish a strong career first.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In five years, I would hope to have opened a third location for my law firm and to have hired one or two associates.
What is your money mantra?
Always save. If I make $5, I would put at least $1 in my savings account. There is a great deal of comfort that comes with a savings account no matter how small.
Please share a fun fact about yourself
I am an avid runner, and I am currently training for my first triathlon!
Thank you so much for the great interview, Anita! You can learn more about Anita's practice, Lamar Law Office, on their website.