My name is Zara Watkins, and I've been making arguments for nearly four decades (since the precocious age of 3).
My family and friends once thought I was hopelessly argumentative, until they realized winning arguments is what I do best. It was only natural that I would end up making arguments as my profession.
I hung up my e-shingle after honing my legal reasoning and persuasion skills at Georgetown Law Center (graduating in 2003) and as a corporate bankruptcy associate at an international Big Law firm in midtown Manhattan (Torys LLP). That's where I learned to research, write, and analyze from some of the best and brightest in the legal profession. (For more detail on my education and past work experience, see a copy of my resume here.)
In my view, persuasive argument making is an art that requires more than technical knowledge. By focusing exclusively on appeals, substantive motions, and oral arguments, I get to combine my legal training with my creative nature to help lawyers and clients win their cases.
When I’m not making arguments, I actively pursue my other interests, such as offering pro bono legal services to low-income individuals and presenting community seminars on Credit, Debt and Bankruptcy. I’m also part of the faculty at Lawline, where I have taught courses titled Mandatory Settlement Conferences in New York and Techniques To Balance Your Work and Life (co-taught with Dr. Dana Gionta).
Making arguments all day can be draining. To balance my life I frequently travel the world meeting new people and learning about new cultures. I’m also an avid (and long time) practitioner of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. If you want to know more about how my work and leisure pursuits are all related, check out my blog Urban Practice where I share my insights on how to maintain both a productive career and a satisfying lifestyle.