Meet: Eleasa Harris Allen
Eleasa Allen is an attorney with Robinson & Lawing, LLP in Winston-Salem concentrating her practice in the defense of Workers' Compensation claims. She received her J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2005. We asked Eleasa to share a little bit about herself and her practice.
What drew you to the practice of law and to a litigation and trial practice? In a way, I grew up in the courthouse. My mom spent 30+ years working as a court reporter for the State of North Carolina. At an early age, I was introduced to judges and lawyers and was able to see them in action in the courtroom. I grew up revering the practice of law and new from an early age that I wanted to become a lawyer.
How has membership in NCADA benefited your professional life? I appreciate the opportunity to be connected with other attorneys and firms who also practice defense work. I have especially found the roundtable discussions and expert exchange helpful.
What would you do if you were not a lawyer? I would probably have become an English teacher. I had a really impactful high school English teacher who inspired me to write and be creative. If I were not a lawyer, I would hope to be able to be that type of teacher for other generations.
What is the biggest career challenge you’ve had to overcome? Learning how to maintain my career while dealing with significant personal loss.
What excites you the most right now? The future…in our firm generally, and in my practice specifically, I see the potential for a lot of growth and development. Change can be intimidating, but it is a necessary part of life. I am looking forward to the next phase of my legal career and the opportunities set out before me.
What is one piece of professional or life advice you would tell your younger self? In your profession and in life…do not give up. There are times when life and work are really tough, and it can be difficult to just put one foot in front of the other. Surround yourself with good people, believe that you can get through to the other side, and do it. When you look back you will be amazed at what you have accomplished.