An Interview with Whitney Link Gibbs
Whitney Gibbs has been a practicing attorney since 2011. She began her career as a public defender, but currently she practices civil litigation with a focus on insurance defense. Though all fields of law have major differences, the core values that make Whitney a great attorney defy categorization. Representing your clients with integrity and compassion and practicing in an ethically sound manner are necessary traits no matter the area of practice. Whitney discusses the pressure of having someone’s liberty, or in civil law, their money, riding on the decisions that you make on a daily basis. She also talks about the immense joy that comes when your hard work, disciplined study, and unwavering dedication pay off and you can secure a big win for a client.
How long have you been an attorney and what type of law do you practice?
What inspired you to pursue a career as an attorney?
Was there a specific moment when you realized this is what you wanted to do?
What are the educational requirements to become an attorney?
What would you say are your primary responsibilities as an attorney?
What does a typical day or week look like for you?
What's your favorite thing about what you do?
Do you like what you do?
What do you like least and is there anything you would change if you could?
What kinds of problems or challenges are common in this field?
What kinds of decisions do you make?
How does your job affect your general lifestyle or your family life?
What skills or personal attributes do you think someone needs to have to excel in this profession?
For someone interested specifically in what you do, what other areas of law do you think might interest them?
Do salary ranges differ depending on which area of law you're practicing?
What advice would you give someone who is hoping to become an attorney someday?
For someone who wants to follow in your footsteps, what steps should they take to get where you are today?
What's something that people typically don't know about your profession or something that they find surprising about it?
What's something you found surprising about this profession that you didn't know until you got into it?
Are there any misconceptions about being an attorney that you'd like to address?
Up to this point, has there been a highlight of your career?
If you could start all over, would you choose this same career for yourself?