Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsay D. Tatum, Esq..
Lindsay, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I first decided that I wanted to go to law school after learning that a family member had been arrested on drug charges. He was represented by a Public Defender who seemed less than interested in his understanding of his case or his situation. I don’t even think his attorney really remembered his name! This experience made me determined to ensure stuff like that never happened to anyone else’s family. After graduating from law school from The University of Georgia School of Law, I took my first long-term position with the Fulton County Public Defenders Office. It was there I was truly able to grow into a fierce advocate. The mentoring and organizations I was able to join while at the office truly shaped my defense skills.
One of the most important organizations I joined while at The Fulton County Public Defender was Gideon’s Promise. Gideon’s Promise is a national organization supporting and educating public defenders from all around the country. Gideon’s taught me the importance of “client-centered representation.” Being an advocate means that you are your clients, one opportunity to be more than what people may read on a piece of paper. It becomes your job to make your client, not just a person accused of a crime, or an accident victim, but a mother, an educator, an activist in their community… a whole human being. These lessons stay with me and are the cornerstone of my practice with The Tatum Legal Group.
After the Public Defender, I briefly went into private practice before opening my own firm. I have been so lucky to have learned so many things during my career as an attorney. Some people might call them loses, but I call them lessons. Each lesson has made me not only a better attorney but a more zealous advocate.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Opening my own firm has been such a learning experience, especially during the era of Covid-19. Honestly, opening my own practice during COVID has been the most challenging thing I have faced. Not only do I have to find creative and efficient ways to connect all of the members of my firm, but I also have to find innovative ways to connect with clients.
The other difficult thing has been balancing opening the firm, all while facilitating virtual learning for a Pre-K and 1st-grade student! I have literally had a virtual deposition with a child bouncing on a trampoline in the background. Luckily everyone has been so understanding!
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Tatum Legal Group Story. Tell us more about your practice.
The Tatum Legal Group proudly handles Personal Injury and Juvenile Criminal Defense cases. We represent the whole person. Our firm is so excited to be starting a social work department for our clients. Our social work team assists clients with housing issues, rehab and treatment placement, and assistance with finding jobs. While we represent our clients fiercely, we understand that there are often times our clients can’t focus on our cases because they have real-life issues plaguing them. The Tatum Legal Group steps in to try and assist with these issues, so they can focus on their case.
We believe this aspect of our firm sets us apart from every other personal injury law firm in Atlanta. We are opening a second location in Columbus, Georgia and we expect to offer the same amazing service to our clients there.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I have so many amazing support systems in my life. My family is my rock and they keep me pushing forward towards my goals. My friends have been my constant cheerleaders, staying in my corner no matter what. The Gideon’s Promise community has literally been my biggest mentor and sounding board! It’s so amazing to have a network of people who I can go to that have experienced what I am going through or are currently experiencing it. Many in the community, like myself, may no longer be employed by Public Defender Offices, but we stick around for the community.
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