As of today, SKV Legal has been an official business for two months!
Truthfully, the three of us have put a great deal of time and effort into this venture since, well, at least April. But, on July 12, 2020, we had a webpage, a physical address, and a client – most of the ingredients you need when hanging out your shingle.
Regardless of these conventional components, starting a business during COVID has been anything but conventional. Though this might sound strange, COVID was one of the main pushes we needed in order to take this leap of faith together. We’d like to share a some of our backstories with you today.
When talking with my friends and family and even strangers, I get asked, "Why are you starting a new business during this time of COVID?" The simplest answer is always "Why Not!"
While I could not predict the pandemic, I was closely watching the oil and gas industry, and also listening to those in the industry. There was definitely a slowdown beginning as early as October 2019. Thus, the idea of opening a new business that related to minerals, but also opened new opportunities for everyone and not limited to those who own minerals was born.
While working on a special project at Lear & Lear with Katie and Randa, I learned what wonderful, talented woman they were and from that moment I pushed us all into the uncomfortable zone of owning a business. My experience of starting this firm during COVID has been intimidating and worrisome. However, knowing the team that we have put together, I am confident we can conquer some of the issues with opening a business during these uncertain times.
As I was faced with a year of dwindling oil & gas work made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic, starting a new law firm with co-workers I looked up to and trusted seemed like a great way to channel my energy. The challenges that come from starting your own business have definitely made this experience quite scary at times. But it has also been a great way for me to get out of my comfort zone and learn new skills.
Virtual meetings, hearings, and filings have made things a lot easier - and cheaper! - in this uncharted territory for me. However, what has really kept me going during the times I’ve considered not moving forward with this new venture was working with my partners and learning from their can-do attitude. At the end of the day, whether I am dealing with them, or helping clients, it's all about the people I work with and how I can positively affect their lives.
As strange as it may seem, I’ll always think of COVID as a blessing of sorts. Unlike Randa and Deb, I wasn’t following what was going on in the oil and gas industry very closely. Things in my personal life were complicated, and took most of my attention. So, when oil prices crashed at almost the same time as COVID hit, it was a double surprise to me.
I came to Lear and Lear after both Deb and Randa and had always looked up to them. When Deb suggested that we started doing probate work in order to bring some stability in a very unstable time, I jumped at the chance, and was so excited when Randa joined us. As time went on and nothing went back to normal, Deb floated the idea of starting our own firm. I never would have considered that possibility if not for the two women I knew I would be working with.
Because of Deb and Randa, and so many friends, family, and coworkers who have lent so many helping hands, the past few months have felt promising instead of ominous. We have been able to make the dream of starting an actual law firm into a reality, and in an extremely difficult time. For this, I really will always think of COVID as a blessing in a very good disguise.
If you’d asked any of us last year what we’d be doing in twelve months, none of us would have said we’d be working together in our own firm. Despite all of the fear and uncertainty, however, we are all grateful have been given this opportunity, and for all of the support we have been given. Thank you for being a part of our story. If there is a way that we can be a part of yours, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.