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Gillian Chanko

Legal Assistant

What is your favorite part of working in family law?

My favorite part of working in family law is the meaningful relationships I develop with clients. I love listening to their stories and then using my expertise to ensure a great outcome

What is your favorite type of case to work on?

I love working on child custody cases. I know that my empathy and dedication to clients prevails in these difficult and important situations.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in the heart of Sandy Hook, Connecticut, a close-knit community right by the New York State border. Our quiet town was the perfect place to be born and raised, and I could not have imagined a better childhood. Both of my parents still reside in my childhood home with my 14 year old dog. After graduating from high school, I left my job at the community bagel shop to attend college in Ohio. In December 2020, I graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in Law and Political Science and a concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies.

What is your professional superpower?

My professional superpowers are my interpersonal skills. I find that I am always able to build strong connections with my coworkers and clients, no matter our differences. While this may seem quite simple, I find that this leads to stronger communication, trust, and honesty. Being able to enjoy your job, who you work with, and who you are working for makes this career unbelievably fulfilling.

Describe a life changing event that caused more personal growth than anything else. What happened? What tool was most useful to get through the process?

Throughout my teenage years, I attended yearly medical brigades with a nonprofit group to La Florida, Honduras, to provide healthcare to a rural village. I worked as a pharmacist, coordinated triage, and gave community presentations on physical and emotional wellbeing. This was an incredibly humbling experience that taught me to never take anything for granted. Interacting with thousands of patients, even with a language barrier, taught me so much about the human spirit and the importance of kindness.

Each and every year, I always learned something new that allowed me to grow. I was constantly amazed at the communities we served – their resilience, gratitude, and generosity gave me so many life lessons. I know that these experiences have made me into the caring person I am today who always want to help others.

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Gillian Chanko

Gillian Chanko
My Modern Law

Legal Assistant

What is your favorite part of working in family law?

My favorite part of working in family law is the meaningful relationships I develop with clients. I love listening to their stories and then using my expertise to ensure a great outcome

What is your favorite type of case to work on?

I love working on child custody cases. I know that my empathy and dedication to clients prevails in these difficult and important situations.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in the heart of Sandy Hook, Connecticut, a close-knit community right by the New York State border. Our quiet town was the perfect place to be born and raised, and I could not have imagined a better childhood. Both of my parents still reside in my childhood home with my 14 year old dog. After graduating from high school, I left my job at the community bagel shop to attend college in Ohio. In December 2020, I graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in Law and Political Science and a concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies.

What is your professional superpower?

My professional superpowers are my interpersonal skills. I find that I am always able to build strong connections with my coworkers and clients, no matter our differences. While this may seem quite simple, I find that this leads to stronger communication, trust, and honesty. Being able to enjoy your job, who you work with, and who you are working for makes this career unbelievably fulfilling.

Describe a life changing event that caused more personal growth than anything else. What happened? What tool was most useful to get through the process?

Throughout my teenage years, I attended yearly medical brigades with a nonprofit group to La Florida, Honduras, to provide healthcare to a rural village. I worked as a pharmacist, coordinated triage, and gave community presentations on physical and emotional wellbeing. This was an incredibly humbling experience that taught me to never take anything for granted. Interacting with thousands of patients, even with a language barrier, taught me so much about the human spirit and the importance of kindness.

Each and every year, I always learned something new that allowed me to grow. I was constantly amazed at the communities we served – their resilience, gratitude, and generosity gave me so many life lessons. I know that these experiences have made me into the caring person I am today who always want to help others.

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