Contributed by Regi Alberini Young
During our last year of law school, like many of you, I signed up for on-campus interviews. The interview I was most excited about was with a 15-lawyer firm that practiced exclusively in the area of labor and employment law, as that was the area of law in which I was interested (thanks to Professor Murphy!).
Before the interview, I was disappointed to discover that the firm was not in Ohio; it was in Jacksonville. I had no desire to leave Ohio…ever. I almost cancelled the interview because, as I explained to our career placement office, I did not want to move to Alabama. They politely told me that Jacksonville was in Florida, not Alabama. (Geri Hernandez was probably the one who told me Jacksonville was in Alabama; right next to the city of Delaware). I was not keen on moving to Florida either, but I went to the interview. I travelled to Jacksonville for my second interview – liked the city, liked the firm, and mostly I liked the fact that I would have the opportunity to practice exclusively labor and employment law. I accepted the job and moved to Jacksonville, absolutely believing I would return to Ohio after a few years with some great experience…
I’m still here! I thoroughly enjoyed practicing labor and employment law for 20 years. For the last 15 years of my practice, I was with Rogers Towers, P.A., a large Jacksonville-based full service law firm where I was the head of the labor and employment practice group. About 70% of my practice was litigation. For all of you golfers, one of the more interesting trials I had was representing the PGA Tour in a lawsuit filed by its Rules Officials, claiming they were entitled to overtime pay. Throughout the two-plus years of that case, I learned more about golf, golf rules, golf courses, green speeds, pin placement, hazards, etc., than you can possibly imagine! The jury came back with a defense victory, otherwise I would not be talking about the case and would not have found it as interesting.
After 20 years of practice, and after much deliberation, I retired to join the ranks of “stay at home Moms?!” I prefer the title “CEO of the House.” The hours are longer and the pay sucks, but I have made the transition quite nicely. I have been very involved with community boards, such as The Hubbard House (domestic violence shelter and outreach) and Jacksonville Country Day School.
I spend endless hours shuttling our boys around to school and sports, and I play tennis 2-3 times a week. I married my husband, Mark, in 1995. He has been with the ATP Tour (men’s professional tennis) since 1990, and is their CEO (Americas) and Chief Legal Counsel. Our son, Jack, is a junior and plays varsity basketball and AAU. Our son, Mark, is in 8th grade. He plays basketball, football, crew, surfs, guitar, and anything else he can fit into his gypsy lifestyle. As a family, we enjoy boating, spending time at the beach, cheering on the Jacksonville Jaguars, and attending University of Florida football and basketball games — yes, I married a “Gator”!
I am and always will be an Ohio girl, and I can’t wait to see everyone at the reunion!