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Name: Karie Boyd

Business: Boyd Law, law firm

Industry: Other — Legal 

Location: San Diego, California, U.S.

Reason for starting: It didn’t take long for me to decide to become an attorney. My mother was a legal secretary for a prominent international law firm, and my father was a police officer. By the age of 7, I already knew what I wanted to be, and my family always encouraged me.

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How do you define success? I define success as something you can do to influence change in yourself and others, and something that you can walk away with, feeling proud at the end of the day. I truly feel I have been able to achieve this in the law firm, and in the exceptional services we provide for our clients.

Biggest Success: My biggest success professionally has been to open my own law practice immediately after graduating from law school. I started off as a solo attorney, and in less than 5 years grew the business into a powerful fully staffed and multi-location litigation firm.

Currently, Boyd Law has offices in San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles. A goal for the business is to continue to expand each office with increased staff and cases and to open a office in San Fransisco within the next year. A top priority is always to provide the best legal representation for our clients.

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What is your top challenge and how have you addressed it? As a mother of two, I understand the challenges that female attorneys and businesswomen face. I am a member of organizations such as the Mother Attorney’s Mentoring Association and The Step Up Women’s Network, which provide the opportunity to give and receive mentorship and support. Last year I went through a partnership dissolution. In such a challenging time, you can’t help but to consider walking away and giving it all up. No matter how trying, I choose to forge ahead and anticipate the future to bring increased success.

Who is your most important role model? My biggest role model is my father. He put everyone else before him in the line of duty. His life has inspired me, and he will always be my hero.

Twitter   @BoydLawAPC 

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