Profession: Attorney at Rodriguez & Associates
Community involvement: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Alliance Against Family Violence & Sexual Assault, Honor Run
If things start falling into place, that’s an indication of the direction you’re meant to go.
That belief led Chantal Trujillo to become an attorney.
Growing up with a father who worked in law enforcement, Trujillo was exposed to a life of service and helping others at an early age.
“It’s kind of always been in me that that’s where I wanted to go,” she said. “That’s what I wanted to do with my life.”
Practicing in personal injury and wrongful death, she helps provide comfort and closure for clients in times of need. Often referred to as lawyers, attorneys or counselors, Trujillo takes the counseling role seriously as she often works with heightened emotions.
Through the ups and downs of the legal process, Trujillo must remain strong for her clients.
“When someone is emotional, they don’t see clearly,” she said. “You have to help them make the best decisions. When they first come in, it’s not a good time in their life. But you hope that throughout the process, you can give them some closure and guide them.
“It’s an honor to help them get that closure. At the end, they’re smiling and they feel, in some way, vindicated. It’s an honor to get them to that place.”
Best advice received: Make memories and don’t just end up with dreams you didn’t accomplish. Actually live your life.
Keys to success: Persistence and having faith in yourself. If other people can do it, you can do it, too.
Notable accomplishments: I hold a second-degree black belt in kenpo karate.
Personal motto: Keep going. Just work through it. It’s going to be OK.