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Best Under 40: Rebecca Lee

Attorney from Cary

BIOGRAPHY

Age: 37

Occupation: Attorney

Current residence: Cary

Hometown: Cary

Family: Husband, Derek; 9-year-old daughter Samantha and 7-year-old Madeline

Education: Bachelor's degree in English and Spanish from Northern Illinois University and a Juris Doctor from NIU's College of Law

What was your first job? My first paying jobs were babysitting and umpiring for Cary Youth Baseball when I was a kid. My first “real” job was at The Pizza Den in Cary. I started there when I was 15 and would take phone orders, make salads and occasionally waitress. I was not a great server, but that experience has made me a great tipper.

Favorite non-work related hobby? Spending time with my family. I work very hard, which often means long hours. When I have free time, I like spending it with my husband and girls. My daughters would probably say watching cooking shows is our favorite activity.

Favorite book? Whatever book I am reading at the moment.

What's one word that best describes you? Driven

PROFILE QUESTIONS

What is your job and how have you found success with it?

I am an attorney, and I concentrate my practice primarily in family law. I believe that I have been successful as a result of my strong work ethic.

How did you first get involved with your current job? Why have you kept doing it?

I started with my firm at the urging of my now-partner, Jamie Wombacher. I am still here because my two partners – Jamie Wombacher and Ed Wand – are the best partners and friends I could ever hope to work with.

What's a recent accomplishment and innovation that you are most proud of? Why?

I am proud of the work that I do on behalf of each and every one of my clients. It is truly rewarding when a case resolves and I know that I have gotten for my client the best resolution possible.

How do you give back to the community or your profession? What drives you to volunteerism?

I volunteer in my children’s school. I am a director on the Cary 26 Education Foundation, and I started volunteering this year at the Woodstock PADS shelter. I volunteer for many reasons. I sincerely want to give back to my community. I want to be a good role model for my children and I want them to value volunteerism. I have met some great people volunteering, and I believe you reap what you sow.

What is the best career advice you have received?

I don’t know that I can point to any specific advice as being the best. That said, I can say without a doubt that in my career and life, my actions are guided by principles instilled in me by my parents – work hard and have integrity.

Do you consider yourself one of the county's Best Under 40? Why or why not?

I work hard and put forth my best effort – at my job, with my family and in my community every day. I haven’t really ever thought about my performance in terms of how I measure up to other professionals in the area, but I am honored to have been selected as one of the county’s Best Under 40.

BIOGRAPHY

Age: 37

Occupation: Attorney

Current residence: Cary

Hometown: Cary

Family: Husband, Derek; 9-year-old daughter Samantha and 7-year-old Madeline

Education: Bachelor's degree in English and Spanish from Northern Illinois University and a Juris Doctor from NIU's College of Law

What was your first job? My first paying jobs were babysitting and umpiring for Cary Youth Baseball when I was a kid. My first “real” job was at The Pizza Den in Cary. I started there when I was 15 and would take phone orders, make salads and occasionally waitress. I was not a great server, but that experience has made me a great tipper.

Favorite non-work related hobby? Spending time with my family. I work very hard, which often means long hours. When I have free time, I like spending it with my husband and girls. My daughters would probably say watching cooking shows is our favorite activity.

Favorite book? Whatever book I am reading at the moment.

What's one word that best describes you? Driven

PROFILE QUESTIONS

What is your job and how have you found success with it?

I am an attorney, and I concentrate my practice primarily in family law. I believe that I have been successful as a result of my strong work ethic.

How did you first get involved with your current job? Why have you kept doing it?

I started with my firm at the urging of my now-partner, Jamie Wombacher. I am still here because my two partners – Jamie Wombacher and Ed Wand – are the best partners and friends I could ever hope to work with.

What's a recent accomplishment and innovation that you are most proud of? Why?

I am proud of the work that I do on behalf of each and every one of my clients. It is truly rewarding when a case resolves and I know that I have gotten for my client the best resolution possible.

How do you give back to the community or your profession? What drives you to volunteerism?

I volunteer in my children’s school. I am a director on the Cary 26 Education Foundation, and I started volunteering this year at the Woodstock PADS shelter. I volunteer for many reasons. I sincerely want to give back to my community. I want to be a good role model for my children and I want them to value volunteerism. I have met some great people volunteering, and I believe you reap what you sow.

What is the best career advice you have received?

I don’t know that I can point to any specific advice as being the best. That said, I can say without a doubt that in my career and life, my actions are guided by principles instilled in me by my parents – work hard and have integrity.

Do you consider yourself one of the county's Best Under 40? Why or why not?

I work hard and put forth my best effort – at my job, with my family and in my community every day. I haven’t really ever thought about my performance in terms of how I measure up to other professionals in the area, but I am honored to have been selected as one of the county’s Best Under 40.

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