Meet the Barrister – Tiffany Bowders
A periodic Q & A session with a Lewis Thomason (LT) lawyer
Lewis Thomason: What’s the most interesting thing you can see out of your office?
Tiffany Bowders: I just moved to a different office since the renovations, and I have a great view of Autozone park.
Lewis Thomason: What is one thing you will never do again?
Tiffany Bowders: Fly with my daughters until they are much older!! They are five and two, and we flew to Pennsylvania to visit my in-laws last year and it was difficult, to say the least.
Lewis Thomason: When did you decide to become a lawyer?
Tiffany Bowders: I knew I wanted to become a lawyer when I was in middle school. I loved to write (and argue!), and the law was very interesting to me. Growing up in a single parent family, I saw my mom struggle with many issues, and we were fortunate to have attorneys who were family friends help her with different situations pro bono. I saw what a difference lawyers make in people’s lives, and wanted to do the same.
Lewis Thomason: What is something that is popular now that annoys you?
Tiffany Bowders: I hate the way some people react to situations on social media. It seems everyone is quick to give their opinion, post an article, or leave comments without checking the facts. They tend to create division rather than understand a situation from the opposing view-point. That seems to be true of people on both sides of issues.
Lewis Thomason: What is one of the most memorable moments in your life so far?
Tiffany Bowders: My most memorable moments are marrying my husband, Zach, and the birth of my daughters, Genevieve and Evangeline. Graduating from undergraduate and law school are also special moments, especially since I was the first person in my family to go to college. It was a big occasion for my mom and me since she worked so hard to help me achieve those goals.
Lewis Thomason: What is your favorite way to waste time?
Tiffany Bowders: Between working and taking care of my daughters, there is not much free time! I enjoy reading, running, gardening, and spending time with my family.
Lewis Thomason: What is the best way to stay motivated and complete goals?
Tiffany Bowders: I am very goal oriented. To stay motivated, I make lists of actions to take in order to reach a goal, along with proposed deadlines. I have two lists now – one is for marketing and building my practice by reaching out to potential new family law and probate/estate planning clients. I also keep a list of the actions I have taken along with dates, so I can follow-up on items later, such as sending emails or thank you notes, etc. My other list is of things I would like to do in my home this year, such as repaint the kitchen. It feels good when you are able to mark something off our list and helps make big goals more manageable.
Lewis Thomason: What would you do if you won the lottery?
Tiffany Bowders: I would love to take my whole family on a great vacation so we could all spend time together.
Lewis Thomason: Where is the best place you have ever visited?
Tiffany Bowders: My favorite city is Paris. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to study in Lille, France during undergrad and traveled to Paris almost every weekend by train. It’s my absolute favorite city to visit.
Lewis Thomason: If you could change careers, what would you choose?
Tiffany Bowders: That’s a tough question because I’ve never really considered another career. I think it would be fun to be a writer.
Ms. Bowders has experience in various civil litigation matters including medical malpractice defense and family law. In addition, Ms. Bowders focuses her practice on probate and estate planning matters, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, conservatorships and estate administration. Ms. Bowders served as an associate editor of the University of Memphis Law Review and was a national finalist in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition in White Plains, New York.