For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to be a lawyer. Perhaps it was the influence of my lawyer dad combined with the goal of having an advanced degree and embarking on a professional career. Frankly, I never allowed myself to think any differently or to assess where my real interests were. I kind of figured out during law school that I might not be cut out for the legal world, but already that far in, I thought that I should give it a shot.
After a fairly short stint in law, first in a local Newton suburban firm and then in a large Boston firm doing real estate law, my first child came along, and I took a maternity leave and what I thought at the time, a few months respite from practicing law. Long story short, I couldn’t gather the resolve to return to what IÂ really didn’t enjoy, so I left the firm, had another child and decided to be a stay-at- home mom temporarily until I could “find myself”.
After much soul searching, I decided to “follow my passion” and embarked on a career in interior design. Here I am, twenty years later, eighteen years with my own interior design firm – Leslie Fine Interiors, Inc. (www.lesliefineinteriors.com). I have a great studio on Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay with a small staff, and I specialize in residential interior design and construction projects for the luxury market all over New England and along the east coast. In addition to my interior design firm where much of my work has been published and I’ve been fortunate to receive awards and recognition, I’ve written a blog about interior design for the last 4 1/2 years (www.lesliefineinteriors/blog) and do occasional speaking engagements on using social media to market a small business.
The legal world still surrounds me with my husband (of almost 34 years), David as a partner at a large Boston law firm. Our son, Daniel, just graduated from law school and will be moving to NYC this fall to start as a litigation associate at a large NY law firm. Our daughter, Lauren, followed her own path and is a high school English teacher in Scarborough, Maine.
I feel strongly that my legal education helps me everyday with running a business, communicating with my clients and others, and when it comes to my letter of agreement, I pity the client who tries to negotiate with me! I love what I do (on most days, that is), but thirty years later, I still pay my Massachusetts Bar dues each year because “you just never know” what’s next!!!
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the 30th reunion!
~ Leslie Fine