Alumni Spotlight: Shane Jasmine Young '04

Shane Jasmine Young

What inspired you to start the Young Law Group?

I had always wanted to use my law degree to help others. I was fortunate and happy to have experienced what it was like working for a big firm and also in-house as General Counsel. But my husband encouraged me to challenge myself and do more. Eventually, I realized that I wanted to start my own firm to serve clients and know that I was making a difference in their lives that they would appreciate. 

I was inspired to do things differently, so I set up my firm unlike any other. I practice under a holistic, non-traditional model that allows me to build meaningful relationships with my clients as their trusted advisor, guiding them to meet their objectives.

My main practice areas are business, estate planning, and personal injury. I focus on serving business owners and families in our community—educating, counseling, and empowering them to make well-informed decisions. I enjoy helping them gain peace of mind; knowing that they are doing all they can to minimize risk, to grow, to protect their families, and to achieve their visions and goals. 

Now, I can help clients in a way that was not possible before—that is what keeps me energized and passionate about what I do.  

Any advice you would give to someone starting their own firm or business?

One lesson I am most thankful to have learned early in my career is that TIME—not money —is my most valuable resource. I had to get out of my own way and overcome the natural tendency to do everything myself. My advice is to use your resources wisely, understanding that making certain investments into your business is critical to your success, including delegating tasks and hiring others to do things that you do not need to do so that you can focus on what matters most.

You're involved in a lot—business, pro bono work, entrepreneurism, raising five daughters—how do you keep everything balanced and organized?

I use time blocking and my calendar to stay organized and minimize the feeling of being overwhelmed. If it is not on my calendar, I cannot promise that I will be there! I also write myself to-do lists. This helps me remember things; plus it is very satisfying to cross things off my list as done. Yes, I admit it—I am a dork like that.

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