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Hello, my name is Aida Dismondy. I am an attorney and counselor at law. And, this is my story. Three years ago, I was in hell after my son passed away. I had no will to do anything. From the first day among the most important people helping me get through the days was my daughter; seeing her and reminding myself each day that through this I must not forget to smile at my daughter, hug her and show her love; that the loss of one child didn't mean the forgetting of another.
I reminded my daughter often, and myself each day, that life is beautiful no matter its greatest tragedies and that if we look we can find beauty anywhere and that moments of happiness in life are found each day if we allow ourselves to be open to them, to see through the darkness the beauty that surrounds us.
Easier said than done. I had to practice what I preached, so each morning when I would drive my daughter and her friends to school, we would witness the sun rise and I would say to them excitedly "look at that isn't that beautiful?" I would go for walks in nature and be reminded of the words I preached to my daughter.
Getting out of hell "ain't" easy, but "when the devil knows you're there you keep going."
In the SEALs training they have Hell Week. In life, we parents, that have lost our children have our own hell. So, I, too, had to "walk through the valley of the shadow of death". What else did I do?
To pull myself up for the walk through the valley I turned to work and God. There was no chance in the world that I would go to work for anyone or any firm. I did an inventory of myself, of my education, of my work experience, before and after law school, of my life and looked myself in the mirror and said: "this is it.You're starting your own practice." But there wasn't going to be just any practice.
I decided to focus on the areas of law that I have learned to love where my long life interest in economic development and new found insights about corporate liability would intersect: international trade, government contracts, investigations, all with aspects of white collar crime mixed into it. I buckled down and worked tirelessly to get the training, thanks to my husband's support, figured out how to build a practice, find mentors, stretch myself beyond all my comfort zones to build this firm, face my own demons. One lesson I've learned is that when building a business you come face to face with everything you had buried inside you that then comes to the surface to hunt you and you have to deal with that.
Along the way I have met with people that have encouraged me to continue building an unusual solo practice, yet, I have also come across folks that have questioned everything about my building a firm, yes, I have even heard "how dare you?". Well, I have dared a lot in my life what's one more adventure. This is life, we either pick up the pieces and play the cards we're dealt with and make at least something out of it or look at them and play the victim. Never been the latter and I'm not about to start now.
There you have it. I come from the school of hard knocks and boots on the ground. That's what has molded me. I don't shy from the truth and I'm not afraid to be honest and I will not bend over backwards to please someone. This is me. I look forward to working with you if you choose to work with me.
Have a blessed day in everything you do.
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