On June 12, 2017, I opened my own law practice called Osterbind Law, PLLC. Many have asked me why I would do this? That is a fair question because I’ve been at Overbey, Hawkins & Wright, PLLC, a place that I have poured myself into, for seven years.
I guess the answer has several parts to it:
1. I’ve always known that I wanted to work for myself and help everyday people.
In fact, I started working as a part time receptionist at a small law firm when I was in high school in the late 90s early 2000s. I was fortunate that the lawyers there taught me the essentials of the real-life practice of law while I worked during high school, college, and law school.
I remember countless conversations with my Dad about my dreams during my formative years. Now, my Dad was in sales and he didn’t have any advanced education, but he had an entrepreneurial idea about every five seconds. He was the master of creating something out of nothing, starting only with the back of a Wendy’s napkin.What I’ve come to learn over the last eight years since we lost him to a heart attack, is that I am more like my Dad that I ever knew. He always encouraged me to get my law degree so that I could work for myself.
Since law school I clerked for Judge Petty on the Court of Appeals of Virginia, and, after my term concluded, I joined Overbey, Hawkins & Wright as an associate. After two years of hard work, they made me a partner in 2012. I am sincerely grateful for the opportunities afforded to me and for those who invested in me. I am who I am today, in part, because of them.
But I’ve never worked for myself.
My Dad planted that entrepreneurial seed inside me many, many years ago and it has been growing for some time. While I have enjoyed my time at Overbey, Hawkins & Wright and they have taught me a great deal, it is time to harvest that crop of entrepreneurship and take a leap of faith.
2. Just like everything in our culture, the practice of law is changing rapidly.
Clients like you are expecting different methods when it comes to purchasing legal services. You expect efficiency in case management, proficiency in the delivery of legal services, and constant communication and delivery of that information. And just like my Dad, I find myself having new ideas about these things every five seconds.
Over the last couple years, I have been working, researching, and experimenting with some of my ideas to create new processes and systems in my every day practice so that I can better deliver legal services to clients. What I hope you see in my new firm is that we are more efficient, more proficient, and more informative than ever before. These ideas that I am talking about cannot exist in a vacuum. It is an entirely new way of delivering legal information and performing legal services that I hope will blow you away. By starting my new firm, I will have a bit more freedom to implement these ideas and deliver them to the marketplace. Stay tuned. You won’t be disappointed.
3. I want to create a team dedicated to the recovery of personal injury victims.
I’m excited to welcome Cindy Morris, David Abraham, and Kelly Osterbind to the team.
- Cindy Morris is a CNA formerly with OrthoVirginia and she has been my paralegal for about a year and half now. She is joining the team to ensure that our cases continue without any lapses. Cindy is a high achiever with excellent relationship skills and productivity skills. Her experience with medical scheduling a treatment options gives her a unique perspective when helping clients manage the maze of medical information that is thrown at them.
- David Abraham is a retired insurance adjuster with over 30 years of experience working for Allstate Insurance. Having worked for the insurance industry for an entire career, David brings a unique perspective to our new practice that includes an institutional knowledge of how insurance companies work from the inside. David is joining the team to help injury victims get the compensation they deserve.
- Kelly Osterbind is my wife and my partner in law. Kelly spent many years as a prosecutor here in Central Virginia. She is a trial lawyer who has extensive experience in handling cases and preparing witnesses for trial. She has prosecuted everything from traffic offenses to violent felonies. Kelly has also been an adjunct professor for Liberty University Helms School of Government and Liberty University School of Law. Kelly will help me in preparing personal injury cases for trial.
If you would have asked me two years ago if I would start my own firm I probably would have said no. The reason is because I was not ready personally or professionally two years ago. Now, with the support of my family and close friends, I feel as ready as I ever will be to start this new venture.
This is a hard move for me, not because of self-doubt, but because I love the people at Overbey, Hawkins & Wright, PLLC, I love the work that I have done for them, and I love the personal and professional accomplishments I’ve been able to achieve there over the last 7 years. My ship, however, is close to the dock, and it is my time to step out.
I look forward to working with you. If you have any questions, please call me and we can discuss how this transition will affect your case.