We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiffany Travillion and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tiffany, what role has risk played in your life or career?
To be honest, I’ve never been a big risk taker. That may come as a surprise given that in 2009 I quit my full time job as a Deputy Attorney with the Indiana Attorney General’s office, sold my belongings and moved to Los Angeles into an apartment I had never seen. What some call risk, I call faith. I knew that I wanted more fulfillment than I was getting in my role with the AG’s office and I always knew I wanted to start my own law firm. I considered the pros and cons of making a big decision like moving across country without a solid family, or friend base, and what that would mean for me in terms of pursuing my career in law. After evaluating everything and praying about it, I honestly felt like the decision whether to stay in Indiana or take the leap to move to Los Angeles was a pivotal move that would affect both my personal and professional life. I had faith that if I made the move, God would be with me to lay out the rest of the plan even though I couldn’t see everything at the time. Moving to Los Angeles has turned out to be the single best decision in my life. Not only did I start my law firm here, but I also met my husband and we are now raising two beautiful children.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
In terms of business, most people know me as an Attorney Tiffany. I started my firm because I wanted to take cases I believed in and would fight for as if it were one of my friends or family members involved. In doing so, I have been recognized by my peers as a competent and integral attorney. This has been very rewarding. I received the Super Lawyers Rising Star, an award given to only 2 percent of all eligible attorneys, as well as the Top 40 Under 40 by the National Black Lawyers association. I was also recently recognized as a Top 100 Attorney in California by the National Black Lawyers Association.
What many may not know, however, is that I am also in Author. In 2012, I published my first book Preserved for a Purpose: For My Daughters Are a Lily Among Thorns. This is a How to Guide for young girls between the ages of 13-25 dealing with rejection, abandonment and self-worth. Currently, I am finishing up my first children’s book that focuses on introducing character and values to young toddlers.
I love what I have accomplished as an Attorney. However, I am most excited about the work I can do with young women and children through my books.
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 love Los Angeles, The vibe, the people, the food. One of my favorite spots is Katsuya in Hollywood. If you love sushi, this spot is for you. The ambiance is amazing and its a great spot to give your friends a little taste of the LA night scene.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family has always been one of my biggest supporters. I come from a close-knit family. I was raised in Columbus, Ohio. Honestly, the decision to move so far from home did not come as an easy decision. However, my family has always encouraged me to pursue my dreams and goals no matter what.
Aside from family, I connected with Joey Alleyne, of Alleyne Connect Inc., shortly after moving to Los Angeles. Joey was not only a personal supporter, but a coach and mentor as well. Moving to a city as large as Los Angeles without any family or friends can be daunting. It was through Joey’s coaching and mentorship that I gained valuable networking skills and made key connections, that helped propel my business and reach.
Mychal Brandon Amber Marbry (Book Design)