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Inspiring Conversations with Eliza Steinberg of Griffiths Law PC

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eliza Steinberg.

Hi Eliza, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Interesting enough, growing up, my dream job was to “own a spa resort.” Other than daydreaming about a glamorous relaxing work environment, these plans never morphed into any reality. I graduated from college with a degree in political science and business administration in 2010. It was not a fantastic time to graduate and start a career. I had debated going to law school, which was the natural progression for most political science majors, but was advised by my senior advisor not to go to law school just to “go to law school.” I appreciated this advice because law school is a massive investment of time and money and you should be sure it’s the right choice before you take the plunge. I was a waitress and bartender throughout college and bartended full time after graduation. I had a bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver—a private and costly university—and in 2010, I was a full-time bartender with no idea what to do for my career. I ended up applying to be the personal assistant to Suzanne Griffiths a “SuperLawyer” and managing partner of a family law firm in Lone Tree—the firm is now called Griffiths Law. I got the job, and today, I am still working at the same firm—albeit as the newest partner in the law firm (effective January 2021!) and not a personal assistant.

My path from personal assistant to partner spans ten years and came to fruition from old fashioned hard work, superb mentorship, and an unwavering support network. I was promoted to a paralegal position after three months of working at Griffiths Law, and at that point, I started to understand what family law is. I was working with clients every day and helping them through one of the most challenging times in their lives. I became passionate about the job and decided that law school was the right step to further this passion. I went to law school to be a family law attorney—finally, an excellent reason to go to law school. I started law school at Sturm College of Law in 2013 and worked full time for Griffiths Law while attending classes in the evening. Suzanne supported me and mentored me every step along the way, and the firm even provided a small subsidy for tuition every semester. When I graduated and passed the Colorado bar exam in 2017, I had a job as an associate attorney waiting for me at Griffiths Law. I ran my first solo contested trial just two months after becoming licensed. Since that time, I have built my practice, gained my client’s trust and gained substantial experience in the courtroom. The dedication to the job, the firm, and my clients earned me a promotion to shareholder effective January 2021. I love my job and am extremely passionate about helping my clients get through extremely difficult circumstances.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The four years where I was working 40+ hours a week and attending school in the evenings now feels like a blur, but when I consider the dedication and hard work required to succeed in those circumstances, I am a little in awe of my former self. It was not a smooth road. It took a long time to figure out the balance and allocate time to specifically take care of myself. The struggle to maintain a healthy work-life balance is ongoing, but I feel like I improve at it a little more each year. The support of my husband, my friends, my co-workers, and my family was instrumental in getting me through those four years, and they continue to help me now. My stress outlet is hiking and spending time in the Colorado mountains—this passion gets me through stressful times. My family has been in Colorado for five generations (on both sides!) and hiking has been a part of my life since I was a child. This past summer, I summited Colorado’s “hardest” 14er, Capitol Peak, with my husband. Having personal goals and executing on them enables me to stay positive and manage stress.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Griffiths Law PC?
I am a family law attorney at Griffiths Law. Griffiths Law is a boutique litigation firm that specializes in family law and civil litigation. My family law practice encompasses divorce, division of assets and debt, child custody disputes, matters of support, enforcement of orders, modification of orders, and protection orders. I have spent my entire legal career at Griffiths Law because it is a firm with integrity that provides top-notch representation to our family law and civil clients. I always tell people that you either have the personality to work in family law or you do not. It is an emotionally charged area of the law that requires a great deal of passion and empathy. I have always been fascinated by psychology, and family law brings a human element that you do not see in many other types of legal practices. Family law cases are deeply personal for the parties involved because they are litigating about children, financial support, division of assets and debts—all issues that materially impact the future. I practice in this area of law because I can make a positive difference in people’s lives. My goal is not only to get them the best possible outcome through a settlement or in the courtroom but to get them through this process in one piece and not let the process itself cause more harm.

Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
Mentors are critically important, and I think people should have multiple mentors in their careers. I have numerous personal and professional mentors. Suzanne Griffiths is one of my lifelong mentors. She trained me and taught me how to be a professional, a lawyer, a leader, and a strong woman in business. I found Suzanne by pure chance when I applied to be her assistant after college, but I earned her mentorship through hard work, dedication to the job, and a quality work product. I have another mentor, retired Judge and mediator, Christopher Cross that I gained by signing up for the professional mentoring program at Sturm College of Law. He was assigned to me as a mentor, and we forged a mentor-mentee relationship because we were both invested in it.

We continue to meet and have expanded our mentorship to a group of lawyers and law students that meet quarterly and discuss legal issues, current events, and general life advice. I now mentor a student through the same professional mentorship program at Sturm College of Law because I had such a great experience. My advice for people seeking mentorship or an expanded network is to get involved in organizations you are passionate about and maintain those connections. Mentors can be employers, former employers, teachers and professors, or even other community members (religious, non-profit, legal, etc.). Both the mentor and the mentee need to be invested in the relationship to work and last. It takes effort, but persistence will pay off.

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Larry Laszlo (head shot and picture of me and Suzanne).

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