Masterman Krogmann PC
Masterman Krogmann PC is a top Northern Virginia family law firm that offers the full spectrum of family law services from before marriage through post-divorce enforcement and termination. These services include all matters relating to children, property division in divorce and support issues.
Q: What are your top priorities?
A: Carolé Krogmann: Aside from my commitment to being a highly-skilled and ethical attorney, I think it is essential to mentor and help young lawyers as they come up to ensure that they, too, understand the importance of legal ethics. I think the responsibility falls on industry veterans like me to promote to the next generation of attorneys the value of getting back to the basics of good, competent and ethical law. I take that responsibility seriously.
Q: What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned during your career?
A: Ciara Miller: In my 20+ years of practicing law, the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that it is very difficult to passionately advocate for your clients if you’re burning the candle at both ends. While setting boundaries can be tough, especially when you’re just starting out, not doing so is ultimately a disservice to both you and your clients. Therefore, it’s super important—for both your physical and mental health—to find a work-life balance.
Q: What advice would you offer women just starting out?
A: Melissa Dragone: I’m only in my third year of practice, so this is one of the points I’ve implemented for myself: It’s OK if people don’t take you seriously right away. Prove them wrong. You will undoubtedly encounter older lawyers who will underestimate you in one way or another. Instead of letting their skepticism knock you down, use it to drive you to be the best attorney you can be.