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Jax Daily Record Monday, Jan. 21, 201312:00 PM EST

Lawyer Snapshot: Helen Albee


Family: Husband, Steve Albee, and a daughter.

Pets: Pumpkin, Samson and Goldie.

Education: University of Florida, B.S.B.A.; University of Florida College of Law, J.D.

Admitted to the Bar: Florida Bar in 1993, Georgia Bar in 2003.

Employed by: Partner at Henrichsen Siegel.

Field of practice: Business litigation, construction litigation, consumer protection and contracts.

Professional organizations: Construction Law Committee of The Florida Bar.

Community involvement: I recently was appointed to the JEA board of directors, which is a very exciting opportunity to be involved in public service. While serving on the JEA board, I anticipate learning a great deal about the utilities industry and how our local government works. I already have learned a great deal about the workings of the City Council during my confirmation process.

I also am on the board of Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Inc. (SPAR) and its affiliate, the Springfield Area Merchants and Business Association (SAMBA). Through these organizations, I am able to see the wonderful changes happening in Springfield and Downtown, not only on the residential side, but also on the commercial side.

Finally, I volunteer at Assumption Catholic School Music Program and with Community Nutcracker of Jacksonville Inc.

How did you become involved?

I became involved when I was asked to serve my community or my church. I believe when you are called to serve, you should give what you can, whether it is time, treasure or talent.

How can someone else become involved?

The first step is finding an organization whose mission is in line with your personal interests whether it is revitalization of a historic neighborhood, environmental issues, the arts or education. Then, reach out and find out what the volunteer opportunities are and how the organization works. There also are programs like HandsOn Jacksonville that provide opportunities to volunteer for specific projects, which I also have done in the past.

What have you learned/achieved through the experience?

I have learned that organization and communication are two keys to developing successful projects and relationships. I also have learned that everyone has something to offer if given the opportunity to contribute.

What was the last book you read or are reading?

I just finished "Lost in Translation," by Nicole Mones, a novel about an archeological expedition in China. It really was very good.

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