Hey Everyone, meet Lane. He’s wonderful; always has a smile on his face, is encouraging, and an outstanding listener. Lane can often be found sitting at the counter chatting with staff or holding a meeting at Roots. If you get a chance to say hello make sure you do! We sat down and asked him a few questions.

Describe yourself in two sentences

I think that I’m a warm, friendly, fun-loving guy. I think that my job as an attorney fits me perfectly because I’m able to help people and simultaneously there’s that competitive aspect to it that I really enjoy in life.

What was one of your most defining moments in life?

When I was 16, my mom died of lung cancer and prior to that my mom was always there for me. She was an ever-present, great parent. My dad, he definitely loved my brother and I but he was kind of irresponsible, just not really there. So, from 16 on, I have kind of been on my own, from grocery shopping to making sure I was going to school or maybe not going to school. I didn’t really had any level of parental supervision or that support system that a lot of other teens had. I think from that kind of experience people can turn the wrong direction so I knew that if I wanted to be something it was in my hands and I’d have to work hard. I was probably a bit of a shit-head prior to that but I really used that moment as a motivational thing knowing that I had to succeed from there on out. From college/law school and starting my own firm, I really looked back at that as something that sparked my drive.

What drives you to do what you do? What motivates you?

I’m an attorney and I love the ability to help people. Even at a young age, I hated seeing people with problems that I couldn’t help solve. There are a lot of problems that my role as an attorney allows me help people fix. I really, really like the feeling of people being able to come to me in situations where they don’t know what to do, they don’t know how to solve it. Maybe they’re coming to me in tears and I can help them through the problem, I can help them with a landlord, or small businesses. It’s really great to be able to help businesses grow. I think that’s what motivates me most, to be able to help people with their issues.

What is one thing that has made you a stronger person?

I think that the death of my mom when I was 16 and then my dad’s death when I was 20 has undoubtedly made me the person that I am today.

What is the biggest compliment you can give yourself and why?

The biggest compliment I can give myself seems weird. I think the compliment I could receive from someone else is that they told me they really believe I have a heart for others and am selfless in my work and my life and that I strive to put others before myself.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

Probably to the Caribbean. I love the ocean and I love to fish.

What is your favorite thing about Root’s?

I love the warm, friendly atmosphere and the smiles when you walk in the door from whoever is behind the counter. I love the community. On a more practical level, I love that there is always a place to sit. The space is great, the music is great, and I find the atmosphere to be…. great.