She's On a Mission to Help Innocent Injured Victims Receive The Compensation They Deserve. Meet Little Rock Attorney, Susan Pomtree.
Q: When did you know you would pursue a career as an Attorney?
SP: I was born into a family of lawyers, so I guess I always knew it was a possibility. I have always had the ability to argue and express myself both verbally and in writing.
Q: Can you share with our audience, the types of law you specialize in?
SP: I concentrate my practice on helping injured clients who have been the victim of a personal injury that was not their fault.
Q: What aspects of the daily job of being a lawyer interest you the most?
SP: Every case is different, somewhat like a puzzle. I enjoy putting the pieces together. I am the analytical, cross the T’s and dot the I’s attorney in our firm.
Q: Why did you decide to attend law school?
SP: My husband was going to go to law school, and my father, William Dabbs, who practiced personal injury law in Little Rock for 50 years, wanted me to practice with him, so it just made sense.
Q: What types of cases do you handle?
SP: I handle personal injury cases including automobile, big rig, and motorcycle collisions, slip and falls, nursing home negligence, wrongful death, and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Q: What is your approach or philosophy to winning or representing a case?
SP: We are a family firm where my husband, Neal Pomtree and I often take a team approach to our cases. Each of us has our own strengths, and when they are combined, we believe it results in a better outcome for our clients. Our clients get the benefit of the knowledge of two attorneys for the price of one. Our simple philosophy is that our clients come first.
Q: What was the most challenging part of law school for you?
SP: The most challenging part for me was that often the grade for an entire semester of a class depended on only one test, the final exam given at the end of the semester.
Q: What advice would you give to young women who want to pursue a career as an Attorney?
SP: My advice is to develop good public speaking, research, and writing skills, and never let a room full of other attorneys make you feel inferior."
Q: What is it about your job that most excites you?
SP: The most exciting part for me is when I can take a case that initially looks unwinnable and turn it around in my client’s favor.
Q: What's your advice for women in male-dominated fields?
SP: Be prepared, stand up for yourself, and never let them see you sweat.
Q: What’s one lesson you’ve learned in your career that you can share with our audience?
SP: In the practice of law, it’s not about what I believe to be true, it’s about what I can actually prove. Sometimes I believe strongly that my client is right, but I don’t have the necessary evidence to prove it.
Q: Which woman inspires you and why?
SP: The woman that inspires me the most is my beautiful daughter. My husband and I adopted her from Guatemala when she was ten months old. She has overcome a number of obstacles in her life, and I love her determination, her creativity, and her ability to laugh through the hard times.
Q: What advice would you give to young women who want to succeed in the workplace?
SP: Find a job or career about which you are passionate because it is much easier to work hard at something you love.
Q: After high school, where did you feel your career path would take you?
SP: I thought I was going to be a broadcast journalist with a national news organization.
Q: Can you tell us how you manage your work life balance?
SP: Sometimes it’s not balanced at all! One minute I seem to have it all together at work, but not at home or vice versa. I have to make a concerted effort every day to figure out which fire to put out first, the one at home or my office.
Eight Things About Attorney Susan Pomtree
1. What celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a cup of coffee?
2. What’s the most amazing adventures have you’ve ever been on?
A trip to Alaska, where I saw a bear up close and personal.
3. Among your friends, what are you best known for?
Being able to diagnose their medical problems.
4. Where’s the strangest place you’ve ever been?
5. What’s your favorite international food?
Asian, Greek, or Mexican
6. What would your perfect vacation look like?
A private villa with a pool on the beach in a tropical locale.
7. Favorite City?
8. What’s your big passion?
I have a big soft spot for helping animals.