- 2013 - December - 23rd -

Lawyer Snapshot: Justin C. Sorrell

Age: 29

Family: My wife, Nancy, is a wonderful homemaker, wife and mother of our two children, Hazel, 4, and James, 1.

Pets: Hazel has a goldfish, Dot, that she won at a carnival.

Education: Juris Doctor, Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary, 2011; Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Florida, 2008.

Admitted to the Bar: September 2011.

Employed by: Jackson Lewis, P.C.

Field of practice: Management-side Labor and Employment law.

Professional organizations: Associate in the Chester Bedell Inn of Court.

Community involvement: I enjoy helping with the youth in our church through teaching Sunday School and volunteering with the Cub Scout program.

How did you become involved? I never had the opportunity as a boy to be involved in scouting even though I always wanted to participate, so when there was a need for a leader in a local Cub Scout pack, I volunteered.

How can someone else become involved?

Many worthwhile organizations offer opportunities to serve as a mentor to children. Scouting is especially good for busy professionals, because the programs are well-structured and provide thorough guidance on how to conduct successful meetings. The Boy Scouts of America North Florida Council and the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council, are both located in Jacksonville and would happily point you toward opportunities to serve.

What have you learned/achieved through the experience?

All individuals deserve to be treated with respect and thoughtful consideration, whether they are clients, judges, opposing counsel or young children. Children have a particularly keen way of knowing whether you care enough to plan for their activities, and their looks of boredom or disappointment quickly teach you to always be prepared.

What is the last book you read or are reading?

"Out of the Silent Planet" by C.S. Lewis.  Though I never read science fiction, I recently discovered this trilogy by my favorite author and couldn't pass it up.  As an audiobook, it is a wonderful diversion for a long drive home.

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