I became a lawyer later in life, when I was 40 years old, so I had a number of interesting jobs and experiences before I began the practice of law. While I was in college, I worked during summer breaks as a welder for a boiler manufacturer. After college, I became a Peace Corps Volunteer, serving in Brazil, where I worked for two years assisting agricultural cooperatives in the northeastern state of Pernambuco. When I returned to the US, I went back to work for the boiler manufacturer, as an international service technician, traveling throughout several South American countries, repairing boilers. I later became a sales engineer and Western Regional Sales Manager. When the industry declined, I went to law school at night. I find that my prior business experiences continually help me understand our clients' business problems and legal needs.