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My name is Shreya Ley. I am
an entrepreneur, attorney, dog-lover,
aspiring chef, and dancing fool. I work
at and co-own LayRoots, where my
husband, Colin, and I help idea people
become business people. We provide
intellectual property and outsourced
general counsel services to our clients. You can check us out at www.layroots.com or reach
me at 206-219-9559 or email@example.com.
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Before law school, I was a chemical engineer in the oil and
gas industry down in Texas and felt that I was living the
movie Office Space.
I became a lawyer because I wanted the opportunity to be
my own boss and to have a hand in shaping the future. I
couldn’t foresee that happening working as an engineer
in the oil and gas industry or working in finance for the
fashion industry because the focus was too narrow. The
focuses in those fields are your plant, your company, or
your department. As an attorney, I have the opportunity
to help and see the impact of my help on many companies and many people.
In my practice, I work on improving the customer experience
and predictability. My job is to make my clients’ lives
easier, if possible, and also to help my clients see a return
on their investments in our firm. We do that by providing predictive billing methods, by communicating often
and openly, by helping them protect their businesses
and ideas, and by offering advice on how they can use
the protection we offer to create a profit.
My career has surprised me by providing me with the oppor-
tunity to go out on my own much sooner than I had pre- fishing camping trip out of Westport — that trip was the
birthplace for my small law firm.
I enjoy reading fiction. I also enjoy cooking blogs and secretly
enjoy ’tween fiction like The Hunger Games.
In my life, I work on improving my patience. It’s a struggle at
times, but a useful discipline.
I worry about my husband not getting enough to eat (it’s the
Indian mom in me).
Nobody would ever suspect that I have read and thoroughly enjoyed reading graphic novels.
I care about my dogs, my family and friends, and the plight of
Friends would describe me as outgoing and an enthusiastic
This is on my bucket list: Eating at Jiro’s in Japan.
If I had a time machine, I would be worried about screwing up
the space-time continuum.
I would like to learn too many things. The world is too interesting of a place and we have precious little time.
I have been telling others not to miss Brene Brown’s TED talks on
vulnerability and shame.
viously anticipated (in that idealistic “life plan” you imagine
in your early 20s that never quite materializes).
The best advice I have for new lawyers is be open to opportunity
and learn to hustle. Even at a larger or established law firm,
there is great value in an attorney who is capable of bringing in his or her own clients. Colin and I, for instance, have
committed to at least one networking event per week — that
means events where we could meet potential clients and not
just events where we’re hanging out with other attorneys.
During my free time, I surf, snowboard, do yoga, cook, play with
my dogs, drink wine, and check out new breweries and old
The most memorable trip I ever took was a clamming and halibut-