Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.
Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Antavius M. Weems who is the managing partner of The Weems Firm, P.C., a premier full service law firm in downtown Atlanta, which focuses on Civil Litigation, Real Estate, Entertainment/Sports, Corporate Reconstruction and Family Law.
Prior to joining The Weems Firm, Antavius was an attorney with Fulton County, Georgia working in the Juvenile Court Office of Child Advocate Attorney focusing in the area of deprivation and neglect, representing the “best interest” of the children that came before the court.
Before working with Fulton County, Antavius was an attorney with the City of Atlanta, representing the City in criminal preliminary hearings and trials. Mr. Weems also served as the liaison from the City Solicitor to the State Legislature, focusing on legislation that impacts the City’s legal standing in the criminal area.
D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?
To make a solid impact in the lives of others. As a Lawyer who served as a Therapist first, I have a different philosophy on law. I believe that we have to use it to positively change the loves of people who are in conflict.
E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?
I have a Bachelors Degree in Polictical Science from Clark Atlanta University; a Masters Degree in Social Work from Whitney M. Young School of Social Work at Clark Atlanta Univerity; and a Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University College of Law. I use them all everyday in my practice
R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?
I believe that I try to look at the gray area in every situation that I encounter with or on behalf of a client. Its not enough to just see one side. The true reward comes in seeing the point of view of the other side and growing enough to understand it, although you may not always agree.
R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?
When I was named one of the Nation’s Best Attorneys by the National Bar Association/IMPACT. One of my highest honors, along with being named a Super Lawyer.
I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?
Attorney Lairin Taylor. I admire the tenacity, strength and perseverance of this young brother. He is indeed a force to be reckoned with in the Legal industry.
C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?
People trying to place me in a box based on where I come from. I was not your traditional pedigreed Attorney. I come from the rougher side of the tracks. However, in my mind, it makes my story even sweeter.
K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?
Be who YOU are. Never hide from your story. Find a way or make one (motto of Clark Atlanta University).
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