Meet Samantha Lara
I was fortunate to grow up in the Bay Area of California, where I met a multitude of people from diverse backgrounds. From an early age, I have endeavored to help others in a caring and compassionate manner. I live by the phrase, “always try to be nice, but never fail to be kind.” I also have a fascination with true crime and consume any and all crime shows I can find on television. As a result, I have always felt a calling towards the legal field, but I didn’t know exactly where I fit into that picture. My interests and the need to help others have led me to where I am today.
When I originally started my studies, I wanted to be an environmental law attorney, but it didn’t feel quite right. I was beginning to feel lost and was searching for a direction that truly fit, when one of my professors brought in a Paralegal to speak to the class. Ten minutes into the presentation, I knew what I wanted to do with my life. That night, I unenrolled from the community college I was attending, and the very next day, I signed up for a Paralegal program. You could say the rest is history.
I started my first legal position as a file clerk at a well-established law firm in California. After almost two years the opportunity to become a legal process clerk for my local court became available. I started out in the civil division and would constantly joke with coworkers that I would never work in family law… until I was transferred to the family division. After my transfer, I realized that I was exactly where I needed to be. However, as a court clerk, I could only provide limited help to the public. For someone whose instinct is always to help others, this was incredibly difficult. Seeing the family court system from an inside perspective has given me a unique view and helping support my significant other through his custody matter and subsequent cross-country move gave me the push that I needed to move into private practice.
As a legal assistant at Z Family Law, I enjoy helping clients navigate their case with the utmost support and respect. I have witnessed firsthand the stress caused by family law matters from both a personal and professional perspective, but I also know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and I am excited for the opportunity to guide people to it.