I look back over 40 years ago, and realize that every moment of my life was not by accident but by fate. I am truly fortunate to have made it out of that War torn country, to be where I am today. In elementary school I had to take ESL classes (English as a Second Language), since Vietnamese was all I knew. Unfortunately, as I progressed through my schooling, I lost the ability to speak but I can understand most conversational Vietnamese.
After graduating from high school in Houston, I went on to Texas A&M University at College Station to get my Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Rhetoric. I didn’t really know that I wanted to be an attorney until realizing 3 years in that I would make a terrible Veterinarian. I attended law school at Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, graduating early, and became licensed to practice law in the great State of Texas in May 2000.
I began my practice in the area of Workers’ Compensation with The Law Firm of Adam Henderson in Houston. After about four years, we decided to expand our practice into the Dallas-Fort Worth Area, and I opened our DFW location as The Law Office of Henderson & Kroenung. In 2008, we made a mutual business decision, and I moved on to become The Wyatt Law Firm, and continued my practice strictly focusing on Workers’ Compensation.
Somewhere between Texas A&M and my managing my own firm in 2008, I was blessed with six lovely children, five boys and one little girl. Being a mom is who I am, and being an attorney is what I do.
A fortuitous meeting with Mr. Galyen in late 2013, led me to Bailey & Galyen. I merged my practice, and now manage the Workers’ Compensation Department here at Bailey & Galyen in the Arlington location.
How do I choose a lawyer?
Consider the following:
- Comfort Level
- - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
- - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
- - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
- - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?
Not sure what questions to ask a lawyer?
Here are a few to get you started:
- How long have you been in practice?
- How many cases like mine have you handled?
- How often do you settle cases out of court?
- What are your fees and costs?
- What are the next steps?
Want to check lawyer discipline?
It is always a good idea to research your lawyer prior to hiring. Every state has a disciplinary organization that monitors attorneys, their licenses, and consumer complaints. By researching lawyer discipline you can:
- Ensure the attorney is currently licensed to practice in your state
- Gain an understanding of his or her historical disciplinary record, if any.
- Determine the seriousness of complaints/issues which could range from late bar fees to more serious issues requiring disciplinary action.