member spotlight: Meet Eleanor ruffner
Member Spotlight: Meet Eleanor Ruffner
What do you like most about being in the legal field?
To be perfectly honest, I love my job most on those days when I get to be right. Lawyers are professionals. We are paid for our professional judgment. As a litigator, you spend time with your client understanding what happened, what solutions work for them, and developing a plan to achieve a workable solution, whether that’s preparing for trial or dispositive hearings, leveraging settlements, or otherwise. When you get validation – when the judge or factfinder agrees with you, or opposing counsel concedes, or you negotiate to a great resolution – being right feels fantastic.
If you weren’t a lawyer what would you be?
I worked for the Ole Miss Athletic Department in college. When I was about to graduate from college, a full-time position on the AD staff opened up in academic support, and I was encouraged to apply. That job would have been a lot of fun. I adore college football (Ole Miss first, Texas second, Ohio State third because I love my husband), and the work was so enjoyable.
What’s the craziest job (other than lawyer) that you’ve had?
In college I worked for a late-night chicken delivery service. We stayed open one hour after the bars closed and did a lot of business in that one hour. Prior to my employment, this particular chicken delivery service had gained notoriety for being the subject of a SWAT raid. A few employees under not-very-diligent supervision had developed a clever but highly illegal system of using the chicken delivery service to distribute marijuana to some regular customers. N.B.: I was not a part of this operation and only learned about it after I started work there.
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