We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor M. Tieman, Esq. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taylor, how do you think about risk?
Taking risk has never been something I am drawn to, and opening a business/law firm was probably the biggest risk I’ve ever taken in my life. I never thought I wanted to start my own business. Lawyers typically try to avoid risks at all costs, but I hit a point where my purpose and passion for my job was more important than the “safe” route of being employed by another law firm. Taking one big risk allowed me to solidify my purpose in life as an attorney.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I have built my business from the ground up with no previous business experience. Learning how to be a lawyer is one thing – but learning to run a business is a completely different story. After almost two years in business, I have learned so many lessons as a business owner, as a lawyer, ad also as a person. The most exciting part of starting this business for me is truly being able to effect change. The legal system is not perfect and has a long way to go – and my personal experience with the legal system has not always been ideal. But as a lawyer that is also a business owner, I have the power to change that. In 2020 alone, I launched my second business, The Legalmiga Library™, an educational platform for business owners to learn about and implement legal strategies for their business. In launching this second business, I also decided to donate a portion of all proceeds to LEAP (Legal Education Access Pipeline) which is a fellowship aimed at increasing diversity within our nation’s law schools by creating equal access to the law school application process. And on a smaller but equally as impactful scale, I am bringing on a legal extern this Spring who will assist me with my caseload, but more importantly, she will be able to learn how a solo practitioner can truly change the lives of so many small business owners for the better and change how lawyers are perceived.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would absolutely take them to the beach – it’s my favorite spot. I’m partial to the South Bay beaches having grown up in the area. Terranea Resort has an extremely beautiful view of cliffs and the water right off of the patio of Nelson’s. (That would probably be lunch). I also love taking visitors to breweries. As an avid beer consumer, I love trying local breweries around town. This would most likely mean a stop to downtown LA which has not only several breweries, but so many different beautiful views of the skyline. A must for out-of-town visitors is Mexican food. LA has the best (in my opinion) so I love making sure visitors try all sorts of Mexican food while they’re here. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mom deserves the biggest shoutout because looking back on things I’ve done, decisions I’ve made in life – she raised me to be independent and confident. And these are two qualities that allowed me to set aside the fear of taking a risk and go for something I believed in.
Website: www.ttiemanlaw.com ; www.thelegalmigalibrary.com
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