My primary practice is plaintiff’s civil litigation, and has been since graduating law school. While my practice is varied within the litigation field, the bulk of my practice includes automobile collisions, wrongful death and medical malpractice.
How has your practice evolved in the last few years?
Initially, I had the benefit of being exposed to many aspects of civil litigation, including contracts, professional malpractice, personal injury, workers’ compensation and medical malpractice. As time has gone on, I have been able to focus more of my practice in the areas that I enjoy and excel, specifically wrongful death. I truly enjoy assisting others when they are in a time of great need. I enjoy getting to know my clients, and telling their stories. In the next few years, I hope to be able to be a voice for more of these stories.
If you could offer one piece of advice for young lawyers, what would it be?
Soak it in. Life and the practice of law can be one giant roller coaster. Don’t just coast. Get on the roller coaster and ride. There is so much to learn as a young attorney. The practice of law is truly a practice. Hone your craft. Soak in the learning experiences.
What is the one technological device you could not function without daily?
My iPhone. Truly, it has everything I need on it. I can access my e-mail, calendar, mail (which is scanned to a cloud folder), and all of my client files wherever I am. As a litigator, I find myself on the road a lot. Having the ability to access all of the information I need from the palm of my hand is often a lifesaver. I have even pulled up a copy of a certified mail receipt on my phone to show a Judge.
How has civility made a difference in your practice of law?
Civility is imperative. It should not be taken for granted. Unfortunately, some practice it, and some do not. I have tried to remind myself on a regular basis that when I am confronted with a situation that is unprofessional or uncivil, I need not be dragged into it. I stick to the facts, and get out of the situation as quickly as possible. We are a profession. Most of the people I work with on cases are people I will interact with again and again. Our careers are stressful, and we all have clients to represent. I try to treat the practice of law like a sports game. What happens on the field, stays on the field. It’s very hard to do, but some of the nicest and most civil people I practice with can get frustrating in the midst of a deposition or court hearing. They are just doing their jobs. We still shake hands, extend courtesies when asked, and occasionally grab lunch.
What do you do for fun?
I enjoy exercising, cooking, traveling, snowboarding, sports (Colts Football, Illini Basketball, Chicago Blackhawks) and hanging out with my husband, two dogs and two cats. I really enjoy the Olympics, and we hope to start a tradition of traveling to the Olympics every couple of years. Brazil 2016!
Miranda L. Soucie is a partner at Spiros Law, P.C. in Champaign. In addition to a successful practice, Ms. Soucie also serves as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Illinois College of Law, where she prepares future attorneys for nationwide trial team competitions. As a member of multiple bar associations, Ms. Soucie has taken on leadership roles across the state. To read more, click here.
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