To succeed at the Reynolds Defense Firm, each employee must be a ‘solid’ individual. Now, ‘solid’ is a pretty high standard. And the fact that all our employees meet that standard is one of the reasons why we’re great at what we do – which is working together to support our clients. It’s important that we take the time to appreciate our team members, giving an inside look to the culture and community that make up Reynolds Defense Firm. This month, we shine the spotlight on Don!
Tell us a little about where you grew up.
I grew up in the small and close-knit town of John Day, Oregon. There were no strangers; we all knew each other. Community members celebrated in the success and achievements of others, but also rallied to support to those in need. Despite lack of diversity and strongly conservative values, it was a good place to grow up. Very beautiful town. And, a fun fact about John Day is that Jodie Foster and Michael Douglas starred in a Disney movie, Napoleon and Samantha, when they were young children, filmed in John Day!
What was the draw that brought you to RDF and/or what do you like best about working here?
I am thrilled to be part of the team and bring my experience to a wonderful group of successful lawyers. RDF lawyers not only fight for their client’s legal interests, but genuinely care about the personal well-being and development of their clients. RDF has a unique culture absent from traditional law firms.
If you were given an unplanned day off, what would you do?
Go out to breakfast, take the dogs for a swim – One of my favorite things to do in Portland is take the pups to Thousand Acres Park for a swim in the Sandy River. Then I’d cook a nice dinner and relax and watch TV/movies.
What specifically, about your upbringing, would you say helped shape the person you are today?
I grew up in a lower socio-economic home with a single mother. I have an older brother and sister. We had all we needed but times were tough. I was taught the importance of hard work, humility, and compassion. I believe that my humble roots have helped me identify with the struggles of others, made me a tolerant and non-judgmental, and given me the passion to advocate for the underdog.
Spin the globe where do you hope your finger lands on for your next adventure?
Egypt. I have always wanted to travel there.