Yolanda Paschal is second year associate-attorney at Carlton Fields and a member of the firm’s Business Litigation & Trade Regulation Practice Group. Ms. Paschal got her start with Carlton Fields as a summer associate in 2007 and 2008 and was a University of Miami Foreclosure Defense Fellow with Legal Services of Greater Miami prior to that.
Ms. Paschal actively participates in a number of voluntary bar organizations including, the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association and the American Inns of Court, Spellman-Hoeveler Chapter. She is also the “Under 30″ director of the Young Lawyers Section of the Dade County Bar Association.
Ms. Paschal is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law where she served as the president of the Black Law Students Association and was a member of the University of Miami’s Business Law Review.
1. How long have you been in your field, and to what do you attribute your success?
I am a second year associate-attorney at Carlton Fields where I practice business and product litigation. My success up until this point is a result of the University of Miami being a great springboard for developing a solid network among my peers, and my firm offering me a wealth of opportunities to develop my practice. I also have a very supportive family that encourages and nurtures my success on a daily basis.
2. What role, if any, do you think networking and navigating the South Florida business environment has played in your success?
Networking is critical in any field, but it is particularly helpful in the legal field. My community of friends and colleagues stem from the University of Miami School of Law. Through that network alone I have been able to connect with with people across various fields, and I consider each individual a potential resource. In addition, I also consider networking an opportunity to mentor law students who I often meet at various networking events.
3. As a young professional, how do you think you could benefit most from an organization such as YPN Miami and the Miami-Dade Chamber?
I benefit from an organization such as YPN Miami because it exposes me to many young, professional individuals with whom I would not otherwise have the opportunity to interact and provides a golden opportunity to build my network and form relationships with South Florida’s future business leaders.