Running on Coffee and Determination, Jackie Dunnavant is an Inspiration


jackie dunnavant inspirationOnce a month, we feature an exemplary employee of TorHoerman Law in our ‘THL People Series.’ The goal of the series isn’t to explain what their jobs are at the firm, but to truly show how wonderful these individuals are and how they positively impact ours and everyone else’s lives.

In light of her dedication and hard work, we felt it was necessary to feature an integral part of our team, Jackie Dunnavant. She is Tor’s paralegal, a go-to resource for all things legal, and a genuinely wonderful person.

After sitting down for the interview and asking questions, it became apparent it was difficult to articulate what Jackie’s  job actually entails because….. she truly does it all. Jackie goes above and beyond on daily basis, not only for her job but for her and friends and family as well.

Below is her interview. Although we tried our best to paint an accurate picture of Jackie, there is something to be said for knowing her personally. For those of you that do, consider yourself lucky. For those of you who don’t, we can promise she is truly someone you want to meet.


Tell us about what you do at TorHoerman Law.

I am Tor’s paralegal and part of the resource group, so I work on nearly every litigation we handle, to some extent. My day to day jobs vary greatly, though; I help prep anything from client-specific pleadings or discovery to a full trial.


So you’re involved in a variety of litigations?

Yes. Currently, I am working on Coldwater Creek, Syngenta, Androgel, SSRIs, Incretins, Equifax, and the lottery.


When did you start at THL?

Well, I’m not sure many know this story, but I started working for the firm before we were THL. I started at Simmons as a temporary employee when Kristie Stephens went on maternity leave. I was at the other firm for two weeks before Tor offered me a receptionist position at THL.

I already had my paralegal certificate so, over the years, I worked my way up from reception by filling in for various people on maternity leave, learning the ropes, and working hard. Eventually, Tor asked me to be in the position I’m in now.


Tell me about yourself, personally.

I have a husband and two young kids – our house is crazy. We love to travel and are always on the go. There aren’t very many days that you’ll find us at our house for an hour or more. I love to party plan, bake, and be creative; many weeks I spend my evenings baking and decorating cookies for friends and family for upcoming celebrations. Recently, we bought and renovated our first rental house. We never stop.

We have a very tight-knit group of friends and family that pretty much run our lives.


What are some small things that make your day better?

Coffee! Positivity and kindness. Others’ attitudes greatly affect all of those that surround them. At home, smiles and kiddo kisses. With a two-year-old who is full of personality and an eight-month-old who learns something new daily, there is no shortness of either. My kids are pretty happy all of the time……even at 5 am (hence, coffee).


When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with?

Depends on who it is – if it’s another paralegal, it could be something as simple as “We’re swamped and need a hand …” which could be anything from stuffing letters, to reviewing records, to filing.

(I asked what if Tor asks, and she laughed) If it’s Tor – I can’t even put that into words. It could literally be anything from “Can you go grab a coffee?” to “We need something prepped for an upcoming hearing or trial, right now.” And by right now, he means ten minutes ago, but that’s okay; he keeps me on my toes.


What would be your ideal way to spend the weekend?

With nothing to do.

Although…..that may be a lie, I do like being busy. If I weren’t around here, I’d be sitting on the beach somewhere (that’s one of the only places I’ve found that I don’t mind just sitting…for hours), but since we live in the middle of the Midwest, I’d want to be relaxing with Eric and the kids. Doing things and making memories on our own time and not at a scheduled pace.


What do you enjoy about your job?

Simple – how much we help people. I don’t talk to our clients on a daily basis, but getting to know those that I do speak with and hearing their appreciativeness of our work is a tremendous feeling. Each of our clients was harmed by no fault of their own and believe they’re the underdog in their situation, and we are able to get justice for them. It’s a good feeling.

Also, seeing the facts of the case come together. Watching the reaction of a deponent when we present evidence that influences a big piece of a case is priceless.


What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?

I don’t know how you would plan it, but if you had all the time and money you needed, a trip around the world would be amazing. You would hit all of the major cities and spots. To travel and see all of the different perspectives on life, cultures, and sights that are out there that you usually only hear about would be well worth it.


If you were a type of food, what type of food would you be?

Cupcakes…or ice cream. The good stuff. Life is short, eat the cake!

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