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Meet Jennie Levin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennie Levin.

Jennie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was raised in Uzbekistan in a middle-class family. When I was 13, my family immigrated to Israel. Being immigrants in Israel, my mother, who was a teacher in Uzbekistan, and my father, who was an engineer, were struggling to put food on the table and had to do physical labor jobs. I wanted to help my family and set out to come to America in pursuit of the American dream.

I came to the United States when I was 26 with just a few hundred dollars in my pocket but full of dreams and determination to succeed and make an impact. I came to study in law school. Prior to coming to the U.S., I already had my bachelor’s degree and an unfinished PhD in Linguistics. As a woman growing up in the middle east, I wanted to have more power to stand up for myself and other women. That is one of the reasons I chose to switch careers and become an attorney instead of a professor of Linguistics.

I was criticized by many when I made that decision. My friends thought I was crazy to leave everything I had and move to another country all alone without the support system of friends and family. Others criticized the fact that I decided to quit Linguistics and go to law school instead because it’s not good to quit what you start before finishing it. It is important to have a vision and believe in yourself. Nothing can stop you when you have a dream that you believe in.

Once I moved to the U.S. I had to work very hard to achieve my goals, but we are truly lucky to live in this country that is filled with so many opportunities. The United States fully supports and gives all the resources to people that are willing to work hard. So I worked extra hard, because not only did I want to achieve my dreams, but I finally saw that I lived in a place where my hard work is acknowledged and rewarded without prior subjugation or degradation.

Despite being a high honors student in both high school and college in Israel, I had to work to pay for my tuition in the University there. After graduating at the top of my class in my first year of law school here in California, I was offered a scholarship for the first time in my life. It felt very rewarding to have someone recognize and reward my efforts and it motivated me to work even harder.

Following my graduation from Berkeley law school, I joined a big law firm and worked on large cases defending big pharmaceutical companies that were being sued for side-effects caused by their medications. As I was doing that, I could not help but constantly think of what our law school Dean had said at our graduation ceremony. He ended his speech by saying that our education and being an attorney gives us a lot power and he called upon us to use that power “ to do good and do well.”

This is what ultimately led me to specialize in the field of Personal Injury Law. When I opened my own law firm in 2010, I chose to focus my practice on representing injured people instead of big companies. I am empowered to help people in their most difficult times after an accident, be there for them, and help change their lives for the better. This is my motivation every day.

At my law firm, The Law Offices of Jennie Levin, I am now inspiring my employees to adhere to my values of hard work, dedication, and excellence. I believe that when you do what you love and what you’re passionate about, success will ultimately follow. Last year, I was recognized as a Top 10 personal injury attorney by The National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys and made the list of top 100 Verdicts in California. I am thrilled that my employees and I are able to make a difference in so many people’s lives and get them great results after a tragic moment in their lives.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I am also a single mother. It was challenging at first to juggle both being a mother and a business owner, but now I believe that being a mother made me a better lawyer because my motherly instincts help me relate and care for my clients on a higher level than before. It is priceless to see my clients happy and hear them thank me for making their lives better.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
We specialize in personal injury law. We represent people that were injured in an accident involving all types of vehicles, including rideshare vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles, as well as pedestrians, catastrophic injuries and wrongful death.

As a personal injury law firm, I am proud that we treat our clients as family, they are not just a file, they are a friend. I created a mission statement and a constitution for the firm where we outlined our values as the firm for serving our clients. All my employees get sworn in to abide by our Firm Constitution prior to starting to work here. We also have a registered nurse on staff who helps oversee the medical care received by our clients. We make sure that our clients get the best care possible.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over, I would have even more faith and confidence in my vision and goals. It is important not to doubt yourself and pursue your dreams. As Napoleon Hill so eloquently said “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Everything starts with a dream.

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