We asked Rasha Zeyadeh, a dedicated and experienced trial attorney in the law office of Rob Wiley, P.C., to produce her sincere answers to a series of questions. After reading, you will be more acquainted with the authenticity and knowledge Ms. Zeyadeh brings to the table.
1. Why did you start practicing labor and employment law?
I have always had a burning desire to stand up to the bad guy. As a labor and employment attorney, I find myself constantly helping my clients fight back against the injustices that occur at their workplace. I enjoy the fight.
2. What do you think is the most important part of a good case?
The most important part of a good case is the star of the show – the client. If the client is not invested or credible, the case will not succeed.
3. What is one employment issue you would argue before the Supreme Court?
The after acquired evidence doctrine should be tossed, burned, and buried. It basically allows employers to discriminate against their employees and have an out. Essentially, the doctrine allows employers to say, even if we discriminated against your client, we would have fired your client anyway, because we found out months after we illegally fired your client that your client violated some policy that no one knows exists, so your client is not entitled to any damages or the damages are capped.
4. How do you market yourself differently than others?
I don’t know that I actively market myself. Rather, I am just 100% authentically me all the time. I think my clients appreciate my ability to be their attorney, yet also be someone they can trust and confide in. I take time out to get to know the legal issues surrounding my clients’ cases, but I also take the time out to get to know them. Oftentimes, I meet their family members, I get invited to dinners, coffee, etc. I build a relationship with my clients that stretches beyond their cases. Similarly, I pride myself on being respectful to everyone I come in contact with, including opposing attorneys. I like to speak to opposing attorneys on the phone, refer to them by their first names, and build a relationship with them outside of the case we are working on. Typically, that makes working on the case with that individual enjoyable and leads to referral type relationship. Overall, the bottom line is this: be kind, work hard, be zealous, yet respectful, and do not give up! I do that and the marketing just happens organically.
5. Why did you decide to become a lawyer?
My life experiences led me to this path long ago. I have been an immigrant my entire life. In every country I have lived in, I have felt like a second-class citizen. I have a personal connection to the injustices minority groups experience. I have experienced those injustices firsthand. Becoming a lawyer was my calling.
6. What do you do when you’re not practicing law?
Travel. Eat good food. Work out. Hike. Spend time with my family, friends, and fiancé. Watch movies. Did I say eat good food? Experience new coffee shops.
7. What’s your favorite legal movie
Legally blonde. Just kidding. Probably a Few Good Men, because YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!
8. Have you ever learned something from one of your clients?
My clients teach me things all the time. The number one thing I have learned from my clients, however, is faith. Most of my clients has an unexplainable amount of faith in themselves, in me, and in justice system! I also learned how to make banana bread from one of my clients.
9. Who do you most admire as a lawyer?
My dad. He’s my real-life hero. He sacrificed everything so I can have the opportunities I have had. He left his country and family behind to give me a life I could have never even dreamed of. I would be nothing without him.
10. What’s your least favorite part of practicing law?
The posturing. A lot of attorneys get caught up in how they think they have to do something and completely ignore the mission. I am a no nonsense, get it done type of attorney. I’d much rather get to the heart of the issue and get us to a resolution quickly, than spend time going back and forth over some trivial matter that is of no consequence only delays the resolution.