Ariel R. Spires: Hitting New Legal Heights
AALM: When did you first know you wanted to become an attorney?
ARS: I remember wanting to become an attorney as young as age 7. When I was younger, I loved to read books and watch legal shows. I would even ask my parents to go to bed early so I could read. Of course, my parents had no issue with their child wanting to go to bed early to read. I am not sure exactly what drew me to the legal industry, but my parents would tell you that I could talk to a brick wall and somehow still get my point across. In all actuality, it was probably my parents’ unwavering support that allowed me to get as far in life as I have to date.
AALM: What first drew you to your firm? Tell us about your role there.
ARS: I was drawn to Cobb & Gonzalez initially after having a conversation with Chris Cobb after a mediation we settled during which we were on opposite sides. What caught my attention, and what continues to keep my attention, is the fact that both Chris and James put their employees first. After discussing what my position would look like at Cobb & Gonzalez, I knew I would be right at home and that this new adventure would provide me with the tools necessary to be the best attorney I can be for myself, my clients, and Cobb & Gonzalez.
AALM: Tell us about your fellow attorneys at the firm? How do you work together?
ARS: It is funny that you should ask this question. I have been on the opposite side of nearly all the attorneys at Cobb & Gonzalez, and I can genuinely say that I have had a wonderful experience with each and every one of them (both prior to joining the Cobb & Gonzalez team and after). Everyone here works so well together. The culture here is like no other place I have worked in the past. I truly am grateful to have joined the team. The experience and knowledge my fellow attorneys have makes me strive to hit new heights daily.
AALM: Where do you see your career going? What’s the next milestone you’re seeking to achieve?
ARS: I envision becoming a board-certified attorney next year and later becoming a partner. I have a passion for litigation because it challenges me to think creatively to find solutions for matters that aim to place my client in the best position possible. As far as long-term goals go, I see myself eventually splitting my workload between litigation matters and handling mediations so that I can put my creative thinking to work from a neutral perspective that creates the best position for both sides. Most importantly, I envision myself accomplishing the above successes with Cobb & Gonzalez.
AALM: What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Hobbies? Sports?
ARS: I thoroughly enjoy taking my two mini goldendoodles, Sophie and Chloe, to dog parks or local outdoor restaurants. You will typically find me soaking up some sun, brunching with friends, catching live music, hanging out with the pups, or some combination of the same. I also really enjoy challenging myself at the gym. The ideal weekend for me would be a mini staycation in St. Augustine with my pups.
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