Best Under 40: Carolina Schottland
Occupation: Attorney, Botto Gilbert Schottland Lancaster PC
Residence: Round Lake
Family: Husband, Bruce; two reluctantly adopted stray cats of indeterminate age
Education: Juris doctor, University of Illinois College of Law; bachelor's degree, economics, University of Illinois
Favorite McHenry County restaurant? Green Pea Pod in McHenry
Favorite movie? I am not a huge movie fan, but I am a sucker for a cheesy romance novel
One word that describes you? Capable
What is your job and what makes you so good at it?
I am an attorney and contrary to many people’s opinion that attorneys are argumentative and combative, the strongest tools I have are compromise, reason, and empathy. That doesn’t mean not staying firm in my position to benefit my clients, or not fighting for what my clients deserve. It just means that being an attorney is a sales job and no one is going to buy what I am selling if I am rude, uninterested, or instantly combative. In my line of work, I don’t have to resort to name-calling and bad-mouthing. If the opposing side and I don’t agree, there is a tie-breaker (the judge or arbitrator) to resolve the issue.
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