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Carol Tice has written for Forbes, Entrepreneur, Seattle Business, Delta Sky and many other publications. She is the recipient of a Best in Business award from the Society of American Business Editors & Writers. Corporate clients have included Costco, AmEx, Deloitte and Dell. Over the course of a decade, she built and sold a content-based online business that serves freelance writers. In a past life, she was a legal secretary at MGM Studios and the William Morris Agency (now Endeavor). Today, she ghostwrites books for business thought leaders.

Articles written by Carol Tice

Paving the Way

Michelle O’Neil is on the cutting edge of LGBTQ+ family law

Michelle O’Neil was winning complex child-custody cases for gay and lesbian clients well before the landmark 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges guaranteed a nationwide right to same-sex marriage. In fact, in M.K.S.-V. in 2009, O’Neil won the first Texas appellate case giving standing to sue for child custody to a parent who was unmarried, lesbian, and a nonbiological, nongestational mother. The case set a precedent allowing lawsuits to go forward prioritizing the …

Living the Dream

Jany Martinez-Ward’s personal tribulations inspired her to help the immigrant community

Jany Martinez-Ward’s American dream got off to a rough start. The family emigrated from Cuba to Venezuela when she was very young, and when conditions deteriorated there, her mother brought her two children on the perilous journey north. They made it to the U.S. border at Matamoros-Brownsville–only for Martinez-Ward to watch helplessly as her mother was arrested and taken away. She was the eldest at 14, didn’t understand English, and was holding a backpack with the family’s few …

A People’s Lawyer

How Margo Grubbs went from policing to defending the underdog

In 1974, Margo Grubbs was a recent Northern Kentucky University graduate who had given birth to a son when she was 17, was in the process of getting a divorce, and needed to find a way to support her child. Grubbs had also just come out as gay. Given the mores of the times, she knew teaching was out. So instead, she walked over from her campus-bookstore job to the office next door, where she became the first woman hired as a campus public safety officer with the NKU Public Safety and Police …

Hometown Booster

When it comes to Warrenton, Marie Washington can’t say—or do—enough

When she’s not running between the courthouse and her office in Warrenton’s historic district, you might find Marie Washington hammering nails on a local Habitat for Humanity all-woman crew, introducing students to the justice system, or—at the end of the year—standing outside Walmart or Safeway, ringing a bell for the Salvation Army’s annual red-kettle campaign, as she’s done since she was a teen.  At community events, such as Warrenton Town Limits or First Fridays, she’s likely …

Paving the Way

Anna Sankaran is trying to make things easier for other South Asian and women attorneys

What does a hard-charging commercial litigator who represents Fortune 500 companies do for fun? This one makes the world a better place. Anna Sankaran has been recognized more than a dozen times for her pro bono leadership. She’s even had an award named after her, by the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston. Sankaran grew up in Los Angeles the child of immigrants from India. She was born in Madras (now Chennai), and watched her mom–one of nine children, including a sister with Down …

Alexandra Lozano Means Business

After losing everything in a hurricane, the immigration attorney remade her practice in Seattle

When 16-year-old Alexandra Lozano traveled to Belize on a church trip, she witnessed poverty firsthand for the first time. The experience was shocking to someone who had spent a middle-class childhood in Ocala, Florida.  “It really changed my life and my perspective,” Lozano says.  The trip instilled a lifelong love of Latin American culture and set her on a course toward immigration law. Little did she know that road would lead through some rocky early law experiences, then to the loss …

How Richard Schwamm Found His Voice

A childhood speech impediment couldn’t derail his dreams

As a Fort Lauderdale middle-schooler, Richard Schwamm was afflicted with both a severe stutter and a lisp so bad, he says, it was “put-on-the-trench-coat” time for those around him. “It was horrible, and put me at an incredible disadvantage,” Schwamm recalls. “I became more shy and withdrawn. Kids back then were really, really, really cruel.” For eight years, Schwamm dutifully attended daily speech therapy, but there was no change in his lisp, or in the 30-second delay before he …

From the Heart

Yvonne Ho uses skills gained from both lawyering and playing concert piano to serve her community and support fledgling attorneys

For Yvonne Ho, collecting coats for the homeless and mentoring young lawyers are welcome changes from her usual intense appellate court prep—which often finds her holed up in her office, analyzing briefs and court decisions.  “We’re the monks of the law, appellate lawyers,” says Ho, a partner at Bracewell LLP. “You already have a bucket of facts, and the job is to piece all that together in a concise package to convince the appeals court your client is in the right, and the district …

Playing By Heart

Victoria Vreeland has made a career of championing the powerless

When Victoria Vreeland became the first female judicial clerk at the Washington State Court of Appeals Division III in 1976, a surprise was awaiting her in the break room: Her name had been added to the posted roster of secretaries who were supposed to brew up the coffee every day. Her response? Vreeland bought a new Mr. Coffee machine and installed it in lieu of the old drip machine. She posted usage instructions with a new rule: Whoever drinks the last cup makes the next pot.  When you’re …

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