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RISING STAR

Christie D. Arkovich

Attorney, Christie D. Arkovich, P.A.

Stetson College of Law, J.D., B.A. 1992

What do you do in your day job?

I focus on foreclosure defense, bankruptcy and employment law. Both bankruptcy law and employment law are always changing, which makes them interesting areas of practice. Plus, I know I'm able to make a difference in the lives of my clients.

If you could choose any profession in the world what would you want to be?

If I had the choice of any career, I would still choose law.

Why did you want to become an attorney?

I grew up in Iowa and we had a close family friend who was a lawyer. He was of enormous help to my dad - a small businessman - and I admired that. Later in college, I took some courses in logical reasoning, public speaking and the law, and did well. The clincher was a 90th percentile on the law school entrance exam!

What do you like best about your career?

I enjoy solving problems. Many clients come into my office out of financial desperation and we're able to get them back on their feet. Plus, many clients stay with us, and end up referring family and friends to us as well. Bankruptcy, particularly, is one of those areas of the law that can have an almost immediate effect and can solve most - if not all - of a client's problems.

What makes you a Rising Star?

I believe I have an aptitude to help others out of their housing problem whether it involves getting a mortgage company to waive a deficiency balance without having to file bankruptcy, or modification of their loan through defending a foreclosure case. I know I'm able to make a profound difference in the lives of my clients. I think that's a mark of a Rising Star - the ability to make a difference.

When you're not representing your clients, what do you do for fun?

I love to snow-ski - my last vacation was skiing in Colorado. I also enjoy kayaking, photography and reading. If I have time, I love to play Xbox 360 with my twin nephews, under the gamer tag BimmerRat.

Are you a rising star?

Do you know a young professional (younger than 40) who you think is a Rising Star? Drop us a line at tbteditors@tampabay.com with "Rising Star" in the subject line.

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