Being She-Ra, Sweet Enough, and Sick to My Stomach

Discovery with Sheila Thobani

Published in 2023 Wisconsin Super Lawyers magazine

By Sheila Thobani on November 13, 2023


If you were in my office, you’d … find a Texas flag on the wall.

The quality I most like in a lawyer is … cordiality.

My courtroom walk-up music would be … “Tomorrow” by Ozzy Osbourne.

My career high point (so far) has been … transitioning to the private sector and surviving.

My most embarrassing moment as a lawyer was … having a stomach bug right before starting trials in municipal court, in front of the Honorable Val Hill. (She was nice enough to let me puke in her chambers.)

If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be … a chef.

When I win a case, I celebrate by … busting out a four- to five-year aged cigar from my humidor.

I almost quit the law because … I had a child.

A different practice area that intrigues me is … trademarks.

I can’t believe more people haven’t read … Kurt Vonnegut.

My fictional hero is … The Princess of Power: She-Ra.

My real-life hero is … my mother, Shemin.

I get angry when … statutes are so poorly constructed that I have to read it four times to understand what it’s saying!

The craziest thing I witnessed in a courtroom is … being called “young lady from the city” by the judge instead of “counselor” or even “madam city attorney.”

My favorite song lyric is … “I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations, neither are you here to live up to mine.” – Peter Tosh

The movie line I quote most often is … when someone asks if I’d like sugar in coffee/tea: “No thank you, I’m sweet enough.” – Snatch

The last TV show I binge-watched was … Silo on Apple TV+.

The one thing that I would change about the legal profession is … have my generation cut out the unsolicited opinions and forced mentorships when building up the next generation of lawyers.

If you could offer one piece of advice to new lawyers, it would be … keep exploring different areas of the law. You don’t have to get stuck in just one!

The question I’m tired of answering is … “What are you? No, like where are you from? Like, you know, where are your parents from?”

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