Discovery with Sandra Giannone Ezell

Sandra Giannone Ezell knows who runs the world

Published in 2017 Virginia Super Lawyers magazine

By Sandra Giannone Ezell on April 13, 2017


My nickname is … I never liked the feeling you get at Starbucks when everyone knows your name, so although nobody but the barista calls me this, it’s Gia. 

If you were in my office … I would not be there. The joke is that I pay for a parking spot so that the one time I do get to the office, I can park in the same spot and not forget where my car is. 

When I was a newbie lawyer … I did not know it was OK to be me. Slowly, I just became me. It’s much more fun and much less work when you’re your authentic self.

My favorite song lyric is … “best revenge is your paper” – “Formation,” Beyoncé

The quality I most like in a lawyer is … preparedness. I win, I lose, I soar, I fall, but I am always ready.  

My pre-trial routine is … insanity.

When I started, I wish I knew … that I was the one who was in control of how people perceived me. 

My career high point (so far) … was a few years ago, after a trial, a juror came up to me and said, “When we saw you up there at the beginning, one woman vs. five men, we were worried about you. After we watched for a few days, we were worried about them.” 

My courtroom walk-up music would be … “Formation,” Beyoncé. 

If I weren’t a lawyer … I’d be a revolutionary. 

When I win a case … I sleep for a week.

I almost quit the law … because of politics. I love what I do, but I worry about our country. I have a strong, loud and persuasive voice, and I wonder sometimes if I could make a bigger difference elsewhere. 

The SCOTUS justice I’d like to meet is … RBG. She is brilliant, ready, tenacious, and because of her, things are possible for women now that were unheard of before. 

The three people I’d invite to dinner are … Michelle Obama, Beyoncé and James Corden. 

On weekends I … tap into my inner hippie: farmers market, yoga, dance class.

My most bizarre talent is … I can say the states in ABC order.

My motto is … make the mistakes you are most comfortable with.

The last TV show I binge-watched was … The Night Manager.

My favorite word is … pick an expletive.

I am most inspired by … women who send a hand down to pull others up. I love seeing women succeed, but without using that success to help others, you have become what you abhor.

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