Meet Katelynn Drake, 35, a lawyer with Legate Personal Injury Lawyers and one of our 20 Under 40 Class of 2020 recipients
A FORMER MEDICAL administrator and registered nurse, Katelynn Drake of Legate Personal Injury Lawyers works tirelessly to improve the conditions of those who do not have the privilege or position to advocate on their own behalf.
What would you say your biggest business achievement has been?
As a former nurse, I have experience that helps me to understand the reality of how law affects healthcare. As a result, I have been asked to give lectures about the interplay between health and law and, most importantly to me, how that interplay affects long-term care. My biggest career achievement has been finding this platform and being able to speak about things that I am passionate about.
Who has been your biggest influence?
My mom, who went to university in her 40s when she had four school-age kids and a job. She wasn’t afraid to make a hard decision or a big change in order to achieve her goals. She was fearless and that taught me to be bold. My dad, who is the hardest working person I know and who always puts others ahead of himself. He sees the job that needs to be done, and that is the end of the conversation — it gets done.
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What has Covid-19 taught you about work and life?
The practice of law is very different today than it was pre-pandemic. In my profession, changes typically happen incrementally, but during the pandemic, we have seen sweeping changes to how we all practice law today and into the future. Covid-19 has taught me how important it is to be able to adapt. Although change can be hard, especially when you are forced out of a familiar way of conducting business. it is often for the better.
What are your favourite pastimes outside of work?
I enjoy playing chess, reading, writing and travelling. I have been to 29 countries around the world and I cannot wait for this pandemic to be over so I can make it 30.
What have you been streaming lately?
The Queen’s Gambit.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Sometimes the decisions we think are small cast the longest shadow, and sometimes the ones we think are big have almost no impact at all. Don’t try to figure it all out ahead of time. Interview by Kieran Delamont