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Women in Business 2020: James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP

A special advertising section championing our local women in business. In partnership with Cox Communications. Photo by We Do Photography.

 

Heather Hestley, Partner

Corrie Hall, Partner

Julie Wiley, COO

 

231 Riverside Drive, Macon, GA 31201 

478-742-4280 

info@jamesbatesllp.com 

www.jamesbatesllp.com 

 

What advice would you give someone considering a career as an attorney? 

Take some time in between undergrad and law school to work in the real world. This will give you some realworld experience that firms and clients alike will appreciate. It also will help you to appreciate and transition to your law school schedule, which is much more demanding than an undergrad’s schedule but provides a lot more flexibility than that of someone with a full-time job. —Heather

 

Looking back, I wish I had known:

That you can accomplish what you prioritize, but you cannot accomplish everything you want to do in every season of life. I would have said “no” more often, and “yes” to those things that mattered the most. This mindset helps me prioritize what is meaningful and important versus what is simply a demand on my time. —Corrie

 

What is the most challenging part of being a women in business?

Today’s women in business face challenges from every direction. There are report deadlines, team meetings and endless emails. Then there are meals, homework and baths. Oh, and could you possibly find time to help with a local charity drive or school fundraiser? Let’s face it: Work, home and life’s demands keep us in a constant tug-of-war, and our best chance for success relies on a great support network, including an engaged spouse, devoted family and helpful friends and neighbors. And wouldn’t a nanny be nice? —Julie

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